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NCA Jets Prepare For Huge Quarterfinal Challenge

POWERS----The last time the North Central Jets played a game of this importance, none of the guys on this year's team were even alive.

In fact, none of them were even a thought  in their future parents' minds.

Twenty-eight years is a long time. And that is how long the Powers-Spalding-Hermansville community has waited for a boys basketball regional championship.


NCA's Travis Vincent comments.
Now that this group of teenagers has delivered a trophy, they're looking to go all the way to the state finals.

"This community has been waiting a long time for this," NCA Coach Adam Mercier said before Sunday afternoon's practice. "We have a good group of kids this year. They work really hard. We made some great adjustments as the year has progressed."

"Crystal Falls was a great team and they kept it close the whole game," NCA junior Travis Vincent said. "It meant a lot to win that game because we haven't won one since '85."

"It took a lot of hard work in the summer, throughout the year, Coach pushing us, everyone playing hard in practice," NCA sophomore Rob Granquist added. "I never thought that we would get that far this year. Everyone was saying that next year, we'd do that."

The Jets will face the Cedarville Trojans in the Class D state quarterfinals Tuesday night in Marquette. Cedarville is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class D.

"They're a great team," Mercier said. "Very athletic, very quick on defense. They press, full-court, for 32 minutes. They make three-pointers. A classic Cedarville team."

"We know that we're gonna have to go in there and play tough," Vincent said. "We're just gonna practice as hard as we can, work on their press, and hopefully we can come up with the win."

While North Central held off Forest Park for its regional title last week, Cedarville also had to go down to the wire...and beyond...to advance to the quarterfinals. The Trojans had to fight off the Hillman Tigers, 92-85, in double overtime in Pellston.

Josh Hester scored 23 points, Keith Bouschor had 21, and Dan Stenbeck added 19 points in that regional final. Cedarville is 23-1 this season, while NCA is 22-3.


NCA's Rob Granquist comments.
"They're gonna press us, so we just have to be patient with the ball," NCA junior Josh Granquist said. "Hopefully, we'll play tough defense."

The Jets-Trojans quarterfinal game will be played at the Marquette Senior High School Tuesday night at 6:00 CT/7:00 ET. Check back here Tuesday night for a recap.

Click the thumbnails in the "ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS" to watch video interviews with Coach Mercier and several of the NCA boys.






Choose team:
Date Time Opponent Score Record
12/3
8:00 PM
Stephenson Eagles
61 - 48 (W)
1-0
12/6
7:45 PM
at Rapid River Rockets
67 - 47 (W)
2-0
12/10
7:00 PM
at Republic-Michigamme Hawks
60 - 43 (W)
3-0
12/13
8:00 PM
at Carney-Nadeau Wolves
53 - 59 (L)
3-1
1/3
7:45 PM
at Rapid River Rockets
64 - 32 (W)
4-1
1/7
8:00 PM
North Dickinson Nordics
66 - 70 (L)
4-2
1/12
6:00 PM
Superior Central Cougars
65 - 60 (W)
5-2
1/17
7:30 PM
at Big Bay deNoc Black Bears
48 - 39 (W)
6-2
1/25
7:45 PM
Bark River-Harris Broncos
68 - 39 (W)
7-2
1/29
8:00 PM
Carney-Nadeau Wolves
52 - 49 (W)
8-2
2/1
8:00 PM
at Forest Park Trojans
67 - 56 (W)
9-2
2/5
8:00 PM
Republic-Michigamme Hawks
60 - 41 (W)
10-2
2/8
8:00 PM
Big Bay deNoc Black Bears
73 - 45 (W)
11-2
2/12
8:00 PM
at North Dickinson Nordics
53 - 49 (W)
12-2
2/15
8:00 PM
at Stephenson Eagles
57 - 44 (W)
13-2
2/18
7:30 PM
at Munising Mustangs
56 - 63 (L)
13-3
2/22
7:45 PM
at Bark River-Harris Broncos
59 - 47 (W)
14-3
2/23
7:00 PM
Mid Peninsula Wolverines
57 - 47 (W)
15-3
2/26
8:00 PM
Forest Park Trojans
61 - 41 (W)
16-3
2/28
7:30 PM
at Mid Peninsula Wolverines
54 - 41 (W)
17-3
3/4
7:00 PM
Mid Peninsula Wolverines
87 - 65 (W)
18-3
3/6
7:00 PM
Carney-Nadeau Wolves
65 - 54 (W)
19-3
3/8
7:00 PM
at North Dickinson Nordics
54 - 40 (W)
20-3
3/11
6:00 PM
Superior Central Cougars
64 - 61 (W)
21-3
3/13
7:00 PM
Forest Park Trojans
59 - 50 (W)
22-3
3/19
7:00 PM
at Cedarville Trojans
71 - 57 (W)
23-3
3/21
6:00 PM
at Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian Defenders
36 - 51 (L)



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Saturday March 30, 2013
NCA Jets Return Home To Community Celebration
Saturday March 23, 2013
NCA Jets' Dream Season Ends In State Semifinals
Thursday March 21, 2013
MSU-Bound! Jets, Miners Advance To State Semis
Tuesday March 19, 2013
2012-13 Upper Peninsula Boys Basketball Playoffs
Saturday March 16, 2013
Regional Champions! NCA Jets Party Like It's 1985
Thursday March 14, 2013
North Central Jets Cruise To District Championship
Friday March 8, 2013
Jets Turn Up Defensive Pressure To Beat Mid Pen
Saturday February 23, 2013
NCA Jets Work Hard To Beat North Dickinson
Tuesday February 12, 2013
Jets Get Paybacks In 'Civil War' Win Over Carney
Tuesday January 29, 2013
Menominee County Civil War: Carney-Nadeau Wins
Thursday December 13, 2012
NCA Jets Pull Away In Second Half To Beat Eagles
Monday December 3, 2012