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Horatio Willaims with young Detroit students. His foundation helps and mentors the city’s students.  HORATIO WILLIAMS FOUNDATION PHOTO

Horatio Willaims with young Detroit students. His foundation helps and mentors the city’s students.

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Heavy snowfall and unplowed streets didn’t keep Detroit hoops fans from enjoying the Horatio Williams Tip-Off Classic at Detroit Edison Public School Academy on Dec. 14.

The one-day tournament was sponsored by the Horatio Williams Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps support and mentors Detroit’s youth through scholastic, community and athletic endeavors. Horatio Williams, the organization’s founder, said it was important for Detroit and suburban teams to get together and play games during the season.

“I just wanted to bring the DPS, charter and suburban schools to play together,” Williams said. “We never get to see these teams play each other until the state tournament.”

Williams said the tournament is a good vehicle to display the talent in the metro Detroit area. “These kids play AAU and summer ball together, so why not play now?” he added.

The games’ results follow thus:

Community 70, Osborn 58

Junior guard Darryl Smith led the Hurricanes with a game-high 21 points in the opening contest of the tournament. Senior forward Jason Buyck chipped in with 12 points for Community. Osborn was led by junior guard DeAndre May with 18 points and senior forward Dante Pearson with 12.

The game was close in the opening period as the contest was tied 14-14 after one period of play. The Hurricanes outscored the Knights on a pair of 5-3 and 12-2 runs to go up 40-30 at the half.

Osborn did rally in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the double-digit deficit.

King 54, Edison PSA 41

The winning Crusaders had a strong showing from senior center Tyrone Acuff leading all scorers with 24 points. Senior forward Dayvon Austin added eight points to the board. Although the host Pioneers didn’t have a player in double figures, they did put up a good fight. King led 14-6 after one period and 21-18 at the half. Acuff aided King’s scoring presence. The defensive play of Avonte Maddox and, Amani Lee and Tyriq Thompson also helped the Crusaders to keep the Pioneers in check.

Southfield 54, Western International 51

Junior guard Howard McInnis scored 17 points while Isaiah Green added 12 for the winning Blue Jays. Sophomore guard Brailen Neely paced the Cowboys, topping all scorers with 20 points. Sophomore guard Kryee Boynton poured in 11,

Trailing 21-13 at the half, Western outscored Southfield 19-12 in the third period to pull within one (33-32). The Blue Jays hit some key baskets down the stretch in the fourth period despite the gallant play by the Cowboys.

Cass Tech 86, River Rouge 58

Cass Tech, who led 20-15 after one period of play, outscored the Panthers 31-13 in the second period and never looked back. The Technicians led 51-28 at halftime and 69-42 after the third due to their fast break play and quick transition baskets.

Junior guard Sharif Black led Cass Tech with 19 points while senior guard Michael Laster poured in 17. River Rouge got 20 points from senior guard Kevin Lomax and 14 points from senior forward Terrell Crawford.

Consortium Prep 67, Douglass Academy 52:

This game provided much excitement for the fans. The winning Cougars led only by two after one period of play (15-13). They outscored the Hurricanes 16-9 in the second period to take a 31-22 halftime lead. Douglass made a valiant effort in the third period outscoring Consortium 20-13 to cut the Cougars lead to 44-42. But Consortium found overdrive in the fourth period going on a 10-2 in the opening minutes. sophomore forward Joshua Jackson scored a game-high 27 points and fellow Cougar Ronald Booth added 13 points. The Hurricanes got 23 points from senior guard Darrell Davis and 10 points from senior guard Terrell Hales.

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