Lansing Everett Plays Today In Class A Semifinal at Breslin
The Lansing Everett Boys' Basketball team is riding one heck of a streak. After dropping a heart breaking loss at home to Grand Ledge on January 20, the Vikings have rattled off 19 straight wins, avenging that loss to Grand Ledge, twice over; once for the CAAC Blue league title, once for the Class A District Championship. Then, in the Class A Regional Final, they avenged their only other loss on the season, dispatching perennial state power Kalamazoo Central 91-78. It was at that point in time that anybody watching this team knew that Everett is a legit contender for a Class A Championship.
The Vikings are 24-2 on the season after defeating last year's Class A Champ Muskegon by 23 points, 75-52. Everett's leading scorer, and Oregon commit, Trevor Manuel held Muskegon's star player, Deyonta Davis (Mr. Basketball/MSU commit) to 10 points and 12 rebounds while racking up 24 points and 8 rebounds of his own. But, it was the 8 of 12 shooting performance by Junior guard Jamyrin Jackson that may have been the difference maker.
"I've been trying to tell everybody all year that we're more than just Trevor and Jamyrin," Everett Coach Desmond Ferguson told me after their District semifinal win over East Lansing. And, boy does coach know what he's talking about. During this fantastic winning streak, Everett has found extra scoring, and more importantly defensive leadership, from the seniors on this squad. The seniors that have been around for the worst of the worst, and now are here for the best of the best. The Vikings won just 5 games three years ago, Ferguson's first season as coach. Now, guys like Marvin Wright, Devon Hudson, Deshae Doll, and Rhett Blackman have adjusted and accepted their new roles this year from seasons past. And, it's paying dividends, in the form of double digit wins, during the late stages of this tournament run.
Today, the run continues in the Breslin Center. and, the task, once again, is daunting. They will face another perennial power in Saginaw Arthur Hill (23-3). Hill is led by Mr. Basketball runner-up Eric Davis (Texas), and has won 20 of their last 21 games. The winner moves on to Saturday's Class A Championship game at 12:00 pm. Listen to all of the MHSAA Tournament Games on The Game 730 AM WVFN.