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After upsets on Thursday, who's the new favorite in Class A?

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

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Heading into Thursday’s regional finals, the Class A seemed relatively predictable as to who would end up at the Breslin Center for the semifinals and finals with the No. 1 ranked team in Class A, Saginaw Heritage and the preseason No. 1 team in the state, Southfield-Lathrup still alive.

But now, both teams are out of the tournament after St. Johns knocked out Heritage to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 and Lathrup fell to Detroit King, which is one win away from its second straight Class A semifinal appearance.

Also gone from the tournament is Birmingham Marian, who won each of the last two Class A state championships, as the Mustangs lost to Warren Cousino in their regional final on Thursday night.

So who does that leave as the favorite to win Class A?

Could it be Detroit King, who has won five state championships under head coach William Winfield?

Could it be Cousino, led by star junior Kierra Fletcher, a team that won its first ever regional title on Thursday?

Or could it be one of several other dark horse teams, like St. Johns, who has several impressive wins on its resume, including a regular season win over Haslett and a win in the district final over Flushing?

There are several other teams who have had impressive post season runs, including Ann Arbor Huron, who allowed just 12 points in the regional final against Temperance Bedford, and teams like Northville and Hudsonville, who have quietly found their way into the Class A quarterfinals.

If I had to predict a winner in Class A, it’d be hard to go against an experience team with an experienced coach like King, but right now it’s up for grabs.