Boyne City Preps for Grand Rapids CC
BOYNE CITY – The Boyne City boys basketball program is making the most of its first season since moving up from Class C to B.
The Ramblers (19-6) overcame a number of early-season injuries to capture a regional championship and place themselves one step away from the Breslin Center.
Boyne City will take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central (22-2) in a quarterfinal contest Tuesday at Big Rapids.
A win Tuesday would give the Ramblers their first state semifinal berth since 2015.
“Every year we try to get further and further, and get to that Breslin Center that everyone always talks about,” Boyne City senior Eric Carson said. “It’s like a dream that everyone wants to get to, and to actually be one game away from getting there, it’s like all of your hard work is about to pay off.”
Along the postseason road, Boyne City has picked up wins over Menominee (49-22), Sault Ste. Marie (53-38), Gladstone (76-66), reigning Class B runner-up Ludington (55-44) and Standish-Sterling (56-52).
“They’ve already created life-long memories, but you know to have a chance to go back and play at the Breslin again, I think it would mean a lot to everyone, our whole community,” Boyne City coach Nick Redman said.
Catholic Central features a Mr. Basketball finalist in 6-foot-11 senior Marcus Bingham, Jr., as well as 6-foot-8 senior Jake Polakovich. The pair averages more than a double-double a game as Cougars have posted double-digit wins in all five postseason games.
Tipoff Tuesday is set for 7 p.m.