Folsom’s Top 5 Men’s Basketball Teams in Metro West Detroit: Week 7

It’s the last week of the regular season, which means this is the last Hometown Life men’s basketball top five poll.

This week, some teams are playing tune-ups against smaller schools while a few others (hi, Canton and Bloomfield Hills!) are playing for league championships.

Let’s see how the last poll went:

To note: These records are based on results prior to February 28.

                                                                                                                            CC's Cooper Craggs, right, tries to shoot past warrior Jonathan Blackwell.

1. Novi Detroit Catholic Central (10-8, 2-6 CHSL-Central) (Last week: No. 1)

What a turnaround story for the Shamrocks, who finished last in Central and came THIS close to winning the Catholic League tournament. After beating rival Brother Rice to Cooper Craggs’ buzzer-beater in the tournament opener, CC knocked out Warren DeLaSalle, never an easy feat, in the semi-finals. Only Orchard Lake St. Mary’s stood in the way of the Shamrocks at the end. Hats off to CC for the rebound effort. A second place is definitely something to be proud of.

2. Birmingham Brother Rice (12-6, 5-3 CHSL-Central) (last week: No. 2)

All the Warriors could do after being kicked out of the CHSL tournament was regroup and schedule non-conference games to complete the regular season. To no one’s surprise, they had no trouble beating Royal Oak Shrine, one of CHSL’s smaller schools, on Saturday. They have matches against Detroit Lincoln King (not Detroit King!) and Macomb Dakota before heading to the district tournament where he faces an intense field of teams. His squad includes teams like St. Mary’s, West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills, all tough teams.

3. North Farmington (14-3, 7-2 OAA-Red) (Last week: No. 3)

The bad news is that the Raiders likely won’t win the Oakland Activities Association-Red this time around. Ferndale has a two-game lead in the standings and North and the Eagles have just two games left. Ferndale is unlikely to drop two games.

The good news is that North got a favorable draw for the district tournament. It looks like it will be the Raiders against Livonia Stevenson in the Championship. North should be favored to win this game. However, who knows which team of Spartans will show up. Stevenson senior Kenoly Jones is coming off 45 points to break the school record for most points scored in a single game.

4. Bloomfield Hills (14-4, 4-2 OAA-White) (Last week: No. 4)

That loss to Troy two weeks ago could come back to haunt the Black Hawks this week. Lake Orion currently has one game ahead of them in the OAA-White standings. Bloomfield Hills can force a two-way tie for first place by beating the Dragons this week, but they would also need to drop their game against Birmingham Groves to give the Black Hawks the absolute league title. Bloomfield Hills no longer controls its own destiny. He’s going to need Groves’ help to win it all.

5. Canton (15-4, 14-0 KLAA-West) (Last week: No. 5)

Ferris State signing Cole Vickers is lost for the season, but that didn’t stop the Chiefs from competing for the Kensington Lakes Activities Association championship. They will face Hartland in a must-watch match this week that will decide the winner. If Lake McIntosh and the boys can get past the Highlanders without Vickers, that will be an impressive feat. But that wouldn’t be too surprising because Canton knows how to play. This team always adapts in the face of adversity.

Brandon Folsom covers high school sports in metro Detroit for Hometown Life. Follow him on Twitter @folsombrandonj.