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Posted On: 12/10/17 9:40 PM
The CAAC Red has five teams at 1-1 after one week of play and the conference is wide open. Here are the CAAC Red power rakings. These will be updated throughout the season!
As mentioned above, there are five teams currently sitting at 1-1, but DeWitt is the top dog right now. They were able to beat Mason and challenged an elite East Lansing team. Northwood commit Tanner Reha had 17 points against East Lansing and Luke Hyde chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. Reha and Hyde are arguably the two best players in the conference, and they’ll make DeWitt a hard team to beat.
Like DeWitt, Waverly suffered a tough loss to one of the top teams in the area. Waverly defeated St. Johns but was defeated by Holt last week. However, Waverly still has a lot to be excited about. The CAAC Red is completely up for grabs. DeWitt is going to be a tough team to beat, but Tevin Ali is a player to keep an eye on. He’s really good around the rim and uses his length well. Waverly will compete for the conference title.
The CAAC Red defending champs are off to a 1-1 start to the season after beating Eaton Rapids and losing to Waverly last week. St. Johns lost a lot of talent from last years team. Ross and Ben Feldpausch are huge losses and will be tough to replace. But, St. Johns has a great coach in John Archambault, who can lead this team to great things. They have a lot to prove, so they are a team to watch going forward.
Some people might be upset that St. Johns is ahead of Haslett, considering the Vikings have a better conference record than the Redwings, but Haslett was blown out by a middle of the pack CAAC Blue team, while St. Johns was dominated by a contending CAAC Red team. In the Vikings’ win over Charlotte, Sam Laczynski and Patrick Hintz each had 11 points. Waverly and DeWitt should be the top teams this year, but Haslett could play the spoiler role.
Mason is an intriguing team to me. They were 1-9 in conference and 10-12 overall last year, but they hung around with DeWitt last week. They lost by 13, but the fact that they competed with one of the top teams in the conference says something about the type of team they have. The Bulldogs have decent size and they should use that to their advantage. Like Haslett, Mason could spoil a contenders season this year.
Charlotte was 4-17 last season, but they lost a ton of close games. They aren’t off to a great start in 2017-18 either, as they were blown out by Haslett. The Lansing area has very competitive basketball, and Charlotte could struggle to find wins this year.