Battle of the Best at Renaissance High
Pershing, Douglass earn tournament victories
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Pershing captured their second victory of the season, turning back a very good, previously unbeaten squad from Ypsilanti. The Doughboys (2-1) defeated the Grizzlies 57-52 at the Prep Spotlight Battle of the Best Basketball Classic at Renaissance High School Dec. 21.
Free throws by Marquel Ingram and Amani Felder in the closing seconds sealed the victory for the Doughboys. Ingram led his team in scoring with a game-high 21 points. Justin Tillman, who had a strong game for the Doughboys, scored 14. The Grizzlies (2-1) got 16 points from Janeau Joubert and 12 points from Jacob Summers.
The game was quick and aggressive with fireworks on both sides. Ypsilanti led by one (16-15) after one period of play. The Doughboys held the Grizzlies to eight points and scored 14 themselves to lead 29-24 at halftime. The Doughboys led 41-37 through three periods, but Ypsilanti pulled to within one on two occasions in the fourth period (49-48, 53-52). The Doughboys defense bent, but didn’t break.
Douglass Academy’s game with Saginaw was the fourth game of the day. Douglass (1-2) won its first game of the season as the Hurricanes defeated the Trojans 70-65. Saginaw stayed in step and ahead of Douglass as the Trojans led 15-15 after one period and 33-29 at the half. The second half belonged to the Hurricanes who dominated the boards on the both ends of the court.
Both squads had four players in double figures. Daavi Bradley led the Hurricanes in scoring with 23 points. DeShawn Sanders scored 17, Adontus Pettway scored 13 while Terrell Hayes added 11. The Trojans got 15 points from Ronquanous Southward, 12 from Algevon Eichelberger, 11 from Jerry Smith and 10 from Reyon Addison.
Cass Tech lost its first game of the season as the Technicians faced a hot-shooting squad from Birmingham Country Day. The Yellowjackets hit five three-pointers in the second half to defeat the Technicians, 80-75.
The Technicians dominated the first half, hitting many baskets in the paint and under the basket. They led 25-18 after the first quarter and 47-36 at the half. The Yellow Jackets held the Technicians to nine points in the third period while pouring in 23 points of its own. In the fourth period, the Technicians pulled within one at 67-67, took lead at 68-67 and tied the game at 70-70. The Yellowjackets hit big baskets down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Kenneth Carpenter and Robert Edwards scored 17 apiece, Michael Laster scored 13 and Charles Key scored 12 for the Technicians. The Yellow Jackets had three players in double figures: Edmund Sumner with 30, Macea Baston with 16, and Nazar Wallace with 15.
D’Cari Charleston was the only player in double figures for Southeastern with 11points as the Jungaleers (0-4) were routed by Consortium Collegiate Prep 58-43. Josh Jackson led the Cougars with 28 points while Luster Johnson had 12. The Jungaleers played hard and scrappy but were overmatched by the Cougars. The Jungaleers led 11-7 after one period, but Consortium poured it on holding Southeastern to fewer than ten points in the second and third periods.
East English Village (1-2), who played in the first game of the tournament, lost to Ann Arbor Huron 65-60. Mar’Qwell Jackson and Kamari Newman scored 13 points each for East English Village. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Dietrich Cole and Cedrick Lattimore, who scored 11 points each.