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Western-Jesuit rematch promises to be bigger, better

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit Western's Brailen Neely and U-D Jesuit's Cassius Winston have been the driving force behind their teams' run to the high school basketball state semifinals.

On Friday at Breslin Center, one will get the chance to move on while the other watches his season come to an end.

In a rematch of the Operation Friendship game this month at Calihan Hall, won by Western, 58-49, the teams meet again in the Class A semifinals.

This time there's a lot more at stake.

"(Winston) and I have been talking all week, about how we'll meet again and this time it will be bigger and better, on a better stage," said Neely.

Thursday's semifinals

Class C

Boyne City (21-5) vs. Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (20-5), 1 p.m.: Corey Redman (Central Michigan) scored 15 and was dominant on the boards late as Boyne City earned its first semifinal spot since 1977. Pick: Boyne City

■Hanover-Horton (24-1) vs. Flint Beecher (24-1), 2:50 p.m.: Hanover-Horton followed the 3-point shooting by Brock Spink (four) and Stefan Young (three) into the semifinals. But Flint Beecher's defense plays at a high level. Pick: Beecher

Class D

■Morenci (23-2) vs. Waterford Lakes (25-0), 6 p.m.: The Lakes backcourt of Nick Robak and Andrew Kline are playing their best, which is crucial against Morenci's full-court pressure. Pick: Lakes

■Fulton (21-4) vs. Powers North Central (25-0), 7:50 p.m.: Expect North Central to make the most of its long drive from the U.P. Pick: North Central

Friday's semifinals

Class A

■Saginaw Arthur Hill (23-3) vs. Lansing Everett (24-2), 1 p.m.: Trevor Manuel (Oregon) left Oak Park Academy for Lansing Everett and looks to lead his team past Mr. Basketball runnerup Eric Davis after knocking off Mr. Basketball Deyonta Davis and defending state champion Muskegon. Pick: Arthur Hill

■Detroit Western (24-0) vs. Detroit Jesuit (22-3), 2:50 p.m.: U-D Jesuit PG Cassius Winston made the winning layup to knock Clarkston from the unbeaten ranks. Western has one of the premier backcourts in the state with transfer Josh McFolley joining Brailen Neely. Pick: Western

Class B

■Milan (24-2) vs. Wyoming Godwin Heights (24-1), 6 p.m.: Nick Perkins (6-foot-8, 240 pounds) was the difference against 7-foot Seth Dugan and Otsego. Milan's hoping for a back-to-back. Pick: Milan

■Cadillac (18-8) vs. Detroit Henry Ford (20-5), 7:50 p.m.: A tough PSL schedule has put Henry Ford in prime title position. Cadillac's surprise run — 12-8 entering the postseason — will come to an end. Pick: Henry Ford