GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The U-17 Mid-Michigan Lakers ran their season record to 12-0 before falling just short of a second straight championship. The Lakers lost to West Michigan by seven points after an improbable run to the finals in the big-boy bracket in Grand Rapids.
Ironically, the two teams in the championship game were not out of the two “super pools.” The Lakers were slighted from the start, to be sure, but they went ahead and earned their spot in the top bracket.
Zeshawn Jones-Parker (Lapeer West) led the Lakers with 42 combined points in the semifinal and final. JD Tisdale (Swartz Creek) added 36 combined points.
The most impressive aspect of the team’s run to the final is the fact that they did it without starting small forward Markell Lucas (Flint Beecher). The 6-3 Lucas injured his leg on Friday night and did not play the rest of the weekend. A whole host of players stepped in to take some of the sting out of the loss including 6-4 forward Dan Buschman (Brighton), 6-6 forward Tyler Centilli (Clio) and 6-6 forward Shawn Brouwer (Swartz Creek), who scored 10 points in the semifinal win over I-90 Elite.
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