Bounce’s Picks for the week of December 6-11

Another week goes by and we are in the heart of December.

Each week, Bounce will pick 15 or more games in the area that draw his interest.

*Unlike Blitz, we aren’t picking spreads here…just winners


2021-22 RECORD: 39-18


Leo at Bishop Luers, Tuesday

The Lions haven’t been a surprise but at the same time, they’ve just been answering some of the questions we had about them. They did find a new primetime scorer to replace Blake Davison, but with it being a post player, their game has changed a lot. A possible Sectional rematch could happen and I think Luers will be a lot closer then with how much momentum the Lions have now. BOUNCE PICKS LEO

Garrett at Fremont, Tuesday

The Eagles are one of the best scoring teams in the state so far and they should be earning everyone’s respect. Garrett is much improved under a new head coach but the Eagles have this guy named Gabel Pentecost who should be on everyone’s radar immediately. BOUNCE PICKS FREMONT

Woodlan at Angola, Tuesday

The Hornets are not a team to overlook. They are strong and they are are feisty. The same can really be said about a Woodlan team who is going to be itching to rebound from a setback against Jay County where they struggled offensively. Angola’s issue is something a lot of teams will share: who can defend Joe Reidy? BOUNCE PICKS WOODLAN

North Side at South Side, Friday

The oldest rivalry in Fort Wayne. A trophy on the line. First win of the season on the line. This one is going to be a really fun game and should actually, despite its winless components, be the best SAC boys game this Friday to tip off the girl-boy double headers. Both teams are banged up from football season still but expect a wild, fast affair. BOUNCE PICKS NORTH SIDE

Snider at Wayne, Friday

The Panthers sadly don’t have a lot of consistency is how often they are playing early, which is a shame because we want to see them more often. All eyes here are focused on how Aidan Lambert follows up his 40 point dunk fest from Snider’s first game. He won’t get to do it as easily against a Wayne team that just battled Culver Academy hard. Doesn’t mean he won’t still do it. BOUNCE PICKS SNIDER

Carroll at Columbia City, Saturday

Carroll is a team still looking to establish its identity. Part of last weekend’s game against East Noble started to establish that. Bounce really likes the upside of Cannen Houser, but the Chargers need more around him. The Eagles have the experience and the balance edge right now. BOUNCE PICKS COLUMBIA CITY

Fremont at DeKalb, Saturday

There is no doubt that DeKalb is one of the toughest gyms to win in. With the Barons getting in that win column last week, their confidence is only going to grow. Still, Fremont is a rare 1A school that shouldn’t have a lot of issue going head to head with a much bigger school. BOUNCE PICKS FREMONT


Angola at Snider, Tuesday

Another tough test for Angola, who must have just decided that they want no breaks on Tuesdays this season. Snider isn’t being talked enough about probably because of early struggles. But the Panthers do have arguably the two best wins of the season for area teams. They are still really, really good. BOUNCE PICKS SNIDER

Manchester at Huntington North, Tuesday

The Vikings have slowed down some and this one is interesting because Manchester thrives more when they aren’t being outpaced. A slower pace could help the Squires and Ainsley West a lot. Can the Vikings push their pace and will? Taylor Double is the best player in the area that we aren’t hearing enough about, she is a constant. BOUNCE PICKS HUNTINGTON NORTH

Westview at Garrett, Tuesday

This is going to be a major uphill battle for the Warriors, but worth noting because they have come a long way this season already. The Railroaders should give them fits, but that doesn’t mean Westview isn’t more prepared for this game this season. BOUNCE PICKS GARRETT

Bellmont at Bishop Luers, Wednesday

Always a fun back and forth game. The Knights are playing good basketball and have a lot of balance from top to bottom with seniors through freshman stepping up nightly. BOUNCE PICKS BISHOP LUERS

Warsaw at Carroll, Wednesday

Two really good teams here and Warsaw really likes these for area respect. The Chargers are getting better with their depth, much like last season when they could see a lot of girls score on one night. They will have to be tough inside to match Warsaw. This could easily end up being the best game of the week for either gender. BOUNCE PICKS CARROLL

Blackhawk Christian at South Adams, Thursday

South Adams is off to a great start under legendary coach Wayne Kreiger and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. A win over one of the best teams in Class 1A could be a real motivator. BOUNCE PICKS SOUTH ADAMS

Northrop at Bishop Luers, Friday

Jockeying for position here in the SAC and the Bruins can’t afford a loss if they want to stay in the title chase. As good as Luers is and as hard as it is to win on the road in the SAC, especially double header night, title hopes are a powerful motivator. That and the Jackson sisters are a powerful duo. BOUNCE PICKS NORTHROP

Norwell at Columbia City, Friday

THE GAME OF THE WEEK. Norwell is the face of the NE8 and the Eagles have something to say about it this season. Both young teams, so expect this game to continue to be the conference standard for a long time to come. Something about Columbia City’s best start since long before any of these players were born (1992-93) seems special. BOUNCE PICKS COLUMBIA CITY

Norwell at Garrett, Saturday

Fresh legs matter. And Norwell sure isn’t getting that on the back end of one of the hardest back to backs any team could play this season. Something about picking against Norwell twice in a week feels wrong. But what Garrett does makes it a bit easier. BOUNCE PICKS GARRETT

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