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Defending PSL champion Martin Luther King High, PSL runner-up Cass Tech and playoff contender Mumford all won their matches in the first round of the Detroit Public School League Playoffs Feb. 5. The Crusaders (11-1) routed the West Side Academy 79-13, the Lady Technicians (12-3) clobbered Central 53-1, while the Mustangs (12-3) kept their hopes for PSL crown alive with a 59-29 rout of East English Village. ...

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Pershing, Cass Tech, Osborn advance

Cass Tech, Osborn and defending PSL Champion Pershing had to pull out all the stops to get their first round victories in the Detroit Public School League Playoffs, Feb. 7. Pershing (14-2) turned back Western International 69-61; Cass Tech (11-4) rallied past King 61-51, while Osborn (14-3) overpowered Cody 59-63. “Our guys came together and helped Justin (Tillman) with the rebounding,” said Pershing assist ...

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Bright future for Cass Tech’s Parker

Although she only stands five-foot-five-inches tall, Taylor Parker of the Cass Tech Girls’ basketball squad is a giant when it comes to full court play on offense and defense. “She’s our best defensive player and three-point shooter,” said Cass Tech Assistant Coach Fred Whitmore. “With all our pressure based on half and full court, Taylor’s one of our best guards with the most steals on the team.” ...

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Mumford aims for the top

What a difference a year makes. Last season, the Mumford boys’ basketball squad finished with a 9-11 record, but this season the Mustangs are wrapping up their season with a 13-2 overall, a 7-1 PSL Division II mark. They started their season with a big win over Chicago (Ill.) Hype at the Derrick Coleman Classic on their home court. Then the Mustangs travelled down to Toledo (Ohio) Rodgers to win another pre ...

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Tillman: A major force for the Doughboys

At six-feet-seven-inches tall, Justin Tillman is heads over his opponents — not just in height, but also in his style of play. The Pershing High power forward is a towering force under the basket and in the paint for the Doughboys. “He is a great kid who works hard and never complains,” said Pershing Head Coach Wydell Henry. “He’s tough and plays hard.” ...

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Marte Grays: MLK standout had late start

Marte Grays of Martin Luther King High School is an outstanding and promising athlete. Playing on the girls’ varsity since her freshman year, Grays made the starting rotation in her sophomore year for the Crusaders. Playing at the forward and center spots on the court, her performances are one of the reasons the Crusaders’ girls’ basketball squad is 11-1 so far this year. ...

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Renaissance, Henry Ford off to a good start

Renaissance is off to a great start, as is Henry Ford, during the early part of the 2013-14 high school basketball season. Renaissance, now 3-0, recently defeated the Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern Dec. 17, 74-50. In the Phoenix victory over the Colts, sophomore guard Justin Turner led three Renaissance team players in double figures with 22 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Kevin Clemons s ...

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