Positively Promoting the Student Athlete Since 1992


by | Jan 15, 2021 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines | 0 comments

The first week of 2021 began with a 16-7 (70 percent) mark. My overall record is now 105-27, which has me at 80 percent for the season.


Elkhart (4-6, 1-3 NIC) at Glenn (8-0, 2-0 NIC): Malachi Emmons netted eight points in the Lions’ 67-62 loss at Riley. Joe Delinski tallied 10 points in the Falcons’ 51-50 win at No. 10 (Class 1A) Triton. Matt’s pick: Glenn 58, Elkhart 54.

Elkhart Christian (2-4) at Bremen (6-2): The Eagles soared to a 60-46 win over Bremen last year. Connor Hundt’s two points helped the Lions to a 48-43 win over Bethany Christian. Noah Hunt poured in 18 points in Elkhart Christian’s 77-45 win over Prairie Heights. Matt’s pick: Bremen 51, Elkhart Christian 42.

Jimtown (3-5) at Mishawaka (4-1): The Jimmies posted a 57-39 victory against Mishawaka a season ago. Braxton Rice ended with five points in Jimtown’s 62-59 win at Clay. Arthur Jones came up with four points in the Cavemen’s 48-37 win over Plymouth, Matt’s pick: Mishawaka 59, Jimtown 43.

New Prairie (7-3) at Wheeler (0-5): The Cougars eliminated Wheeler from the state tournament a year ago with a 65-44 win in the Class 3A Hanover Central sectional opener. Braydon Flagg managed 11 points in New Prairie’s 50-46 loss to Glenn.  River Halsey ended with 10 points in the Bearcats’ 59-45 loss to Griffith. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 67, Wheeler 50.

Northridge (5-3) at Riley (7-3): The Wildcats are looking to avenge a 68-62 loss to Northridge last season. Clay Stoltzfus’ three points were not enough in the Raiders’ 52-37 loss at Warsaw. Jackson Copley chipped in eight points for Riley against Elkhart. Matt’s pick: Riley 73, Northridge 66.

Oregon-Davis (4-2) at Clay (1-9): Gavin Sibo recorded 12 points in the Bobcats’ 47-32 loss to Rochester. Nick Wade contributed four points for the Colonials against Jimtown. Matt’s pick: Clay 60, Oregon-Davis 57.

Penn (2-4) at Warsaw (6-5): The Tigers clawed past Penn, 58-54, in overtime in the 2020 Class 4A Elkhart sectional semifinals. Casey Shultz added 10 points for the Kingsmen in their 53-52 loss to Valparaiso. Jaxon Gould poured in 18 points for Warsaw against Northridge. Matt’s pick: Warsaw 52, Penn 49.


Marian (7-2, 1-2 NIC) at Clay (2-9, 0-4 NIC): The No. 7 (Class 3A) Knights cruised to a 65-41 win over Clay in their previous meeting. Richard Brooks had 12 points Marian’s 50-38 loss to No. 6 (Class 4A) Adams. Lawton Smith had 14 points in the Colonials’ 82-70 win over Oregon-Davis. Matt’s pick: Marian 71, Clay 56.


Bremen (6-3, 2-1 NIC) at Elkhart (4-7, 1-4 NIC): Brady Ginter added two points in the Lions’ 48-43 win over Bethany Christian.  Donovan Johnson registered 21 points in the Lions’ 60-55 loss to Glenn. Matt’s pick: Elkhart 57, Bremen 48.

NorthWood (8-2, 2-0 NLC) at Northridge (6-3, 0-1 NLC): The Raiders rolled to a 70-56 win over NorthWood a year ago. Cooper Wiens poured in 20 points in the Panthers’ 62-47 win over Wawasee. Trevor Brown’s three points helped Northridge rally for a 61-54 win at Riley. Matt’s pick: Northridge 65, NorthWood 63.

Penn (3-4, 1-2 NIC) at Jimtown (3-6, 1-3 NIC): The Jimmies posted a 51-40 win against Penn a season ago. Cole Wojciechowski chipped in five points in the Kingsmen’s 51-48 win at Warsaw.  Luke Bottom accounted for eight points in Jimtown’s 62-52 loss to Mishawaka. Matt’s pick: Penn 50, Jimtown 43.

Plymouth (2-10, 0-2 NLC) at Concord (1-5, 0-1 NLC): The Pilgrims notched a 52-44 win over Concord last year. Nolan Bales was held to six points in Plymouth’s 34-28 loss to Tippecanoe Valley. Andres Dixon scored 10 points for the Minutemen in a 47-45 overtime loss to Goshen. Matt’s pick: Plymouth 41, Concord 36.

Riley (7-4, 3-1 NIC) at New Prairie (8-3. 3-2 NIC): The Wildcats needed overtime to escape with a 66-61 win against New Prairie last season. Isaiah Robinson racked up seven points for Riley against Northridge. Grady Lapczynski’s 13 points allowed the Cougars to claim a 69-30 win at Wheeler. Matt’s pick: Riley 70, New Prairie 64.

Saint Joseph (7-2, 3-1 NIC) at Glenn (9-0, 3-0 NIC): The No. 6 (Class 3A) Indians edged Glenn, 69-61, in their previous meeting. Jack Quinn managed seven points for Saint Joseph in a 74-48 win at Penn. Silas Kaser tallied nine points for the Falcons against Elkhart. Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 75, Glenn 71.

Warsaw (6-6, 2-0 NLC) at Goshen (4-5, 1-0 NLC): The Tigers went to overtime to claim a 57-56 win over Goshen in the 2020 Class 4A Elkhart sectional opener. Bishop Walters contributed six points for Warsaw against Penn. Blak Wiess added four points for the RedHawks against Concord. Matt’s pick: Warsaw 49. Goshen 47.

Washington (2-5, 1-3 NIC) at Adams (10-0, 4-0 NIC): The No. 6 (Class 4A) Eagles soared to a 79-60 win over Washington during the 2019-20 campaign. Jason Dockery recorded five points in the Panthers’ 57-38 win against Elkhart Christian. Harry Jeffers scored three points for Adams against Marian. Matt’s pick: Adams 74, Washington 60.

Wawasee (3-5, 0-2 NLC) at Mishawaka (5-1, 1-0 NLC): The Cavemen rallied for a 62-61 overtime win against Wawasee a season ago. Brendan Williams netted 15 points for Mishawaka against Jimtown. Keaton Dukes managed 24 points for the Warriors against NorthWood. Matt’s pick: Mishawaka 61, Wawasee 52.


Adams (11-0) at Gary 21st Century (3-7): The Eagles flew past Gary 21st Century, 95-66, during the 2014-15 season. Tommy Snyder came up six points in Adams’ 83-51 win over Lighthouse CPA. Demetrius Moss had 20 points in the Cougars’ 105-69 win over Lighthouse CPA. Matt’s pick: Adams 81, Gary 21st Century 62.

Chesterton (10-1) at Penn (4-4): The Kingsmen slipped past Chesterton, 49-42, in the 2019 Class 4A Michigan City regional semifinals. Travis Grayson scored 15 points in the Trojans’ 67-27 win over Hobart. Caleb Applegate managed two points for Penn against Warsaw. Matt’s pick: Chesterton 69, Penn 61.

East Noble (5-6) at Goshen (4-6): The Knights crowned Goshen, 50-45, a year ago. Chris Hood tallied 12 points in East Noble’s 40-38 loss to Huntington North. Deecon Hill came up with 12 points in the RedHawks’ 61-47 loss to Marquette Catholic. Matt’s pick: East Noble 40, Goshen 35.

Elkhart (5-7) at Plymouth (2-11): The Pilgrims squeezed by Elkhart, 47-45, in the 1970 Elkhart regional final. Noah Harris chipped in two points in the Lions’ 60-55 loss to Mishawaka. Seth Mills ended with four points in Plymouth’s 59-50 loss to Michigan City. Matt’s pick: Elkhart 51, Plymouth 42.

LaPorte (2-9) at Clay (2-10): The Slicers earned an 81-71 win over Clay a season ago. Grant Ott-Large recorded nine points in LaPorte’s 55-39 loss to Lake Central. Christian Love racked up seven points in the Colonials’ 58-34 loss to Marian. Matt’s pick: Clay 55, LaPorte 53.

Valparaiso (7-2) at Washington (2-6): The Panthers cruised to a 77-56 win over Valparaiso last year.  Grant Comstock accounted for 14 points for the Vikings against Penn. Jason Jones scored six points in Washington’s 52-48 overtime loss to Bremen. Matt’s pick: Valparaiso 76, Washington 61.