Posted On: 04/1/21 12:40 PM

We’re now into April, and one step closer to crowning this year’s state champions. Forest Hills Northern and Zeeland East enter this game as the best two teams in Division 1 from the OK Conference. Rarely do we get the best two teams remaining playing each other for a trophy, but here we are. Below I’ll get into the matchups to watch for, top players from each team, and my prediction.

Forest Hills Northern (15-1) vs Zeeland East (19-0)

Game Info: Thursday, April 1st, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer High School @ 7:00 p.m.

Two dominant teams playing two contrasting styles typically favor the team that imposes their style of play. Zeeland East likes to make it a half-court game, using their patience on offense to get good looks, even if it means running through their sets for 30-40 seconds. Forest Hills Northern likes to get shots up off of ball-screen sets, which typically takes half the time of Zeeland East’s. How each team executes in the half-court will go a long way in determining the winner of this game.

Defensively, Zeeland East suffocates their opponents with length. Big man Nate Claerbaut Nate Claerbaut 6'10" | C Zeeland East | 2021 State MI is the best rim protector in the OK Conference.

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