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Denby tops King, but falls to Douglass

Prep hoops roundup-week 3
Cass Tech, Cody close in PSL West

By Harry Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

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Darrell Davis

DETROIT — Reggie Williams led Denby with 14 points. Kyle Austin added 13. King (1-3, 0-1 PSL East) was led by Desmond Davis with 15 and Amoni Lee with 12. Against Frederick Douglass in a 47-45 defeat on Thursday, Dec. 20 , Denby was led by Terrance Smith with 17 points and Austin with 10.

“In both games we came back,” said Denby Head Coach Charles Albright. “Against King the game went back and forth and we pulled it out.

“However, against Douglass we just didn’t play together because we weren’t focused we fell behind as many as 10 points. It’s along season and we have some fine-tuning to do.”

Frederick Douglass is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the PSL East. The Hurricanes defeated East English Village 60-49 Tuesday, Dec 18,  and Denby Thursday, Dec 20.

Against the Tars, DeShawn Sanders led Douglass with 16 points while Darrell Davis added 10 points. East English did bounce back last Thursday with a 66-45 win over Davis Aerospace to go 2-2 overall and 1-1 PSL East. Against Davis the Bulldogs were paced by Marqwell Jackson (20 points), Nathaniel Bowlware and Rico Lewis (14 points each).

“We have a young team trying to do it’s best” said East English Head Coach Juan Rickman. “They’re grasping their skills on the court while getting experience. We have a viscous schedule that will help us get better.”

Pershing (5-0, 1-0 PSL East) defeated Western last Tuesday, 66-56 and Central 73-55, on Thursday. Against Western, Martez Walker scored 19 while Kahlil Fields added 18 against the Cowboys. Western was led by Romando King with 23 points. In the PSL East matchup against the Trailblazers, Walker had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Doughboys.

Southeastern (3-1, 2-0 PSL East) kept in step with the divisional leaders with a 72-48 drubbing of Osborn on Dec 20. The Jungaleers were led by Leonard Mason (17 points, eight rebounds) and Chris Taylor (14 points and 10 rebounds).

In the PSL West, the Pharaohs of Communication Arts (3-0, 2-0) defeated Renaissance 55-51, Dec. 18 and Mumford (1-2, 0-2) in a close 52-50 nail-biter on Dec 20. Against the Phoenix, Demonte Jones led the CMA players in double figures with 21 points. The other two scorers were Kevin Hamilton (18 pts.) and John Phillips (10 pts.). Renaissance was paced by Clark Bishop with 16.

Cass Tech (3-1, 2-0) kept pace with CMA with two big wins over Westside Academy, 89-25 on Dec. 18, and Western International, 70-40 last Thursday, Dec 20. Against Western, Deangelo Stewart scored 21points while D’Andre Johnson added 10.

“We’re just focusing on getting better,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Dave Dixon. “We’re working hard to compete for the championship.”

Cody (2-0, 2-0) defeated Northwestern 63-22 on Dec. 18 and Henry Ford in a close 49-44 matchup Thursday, Dec 20. Against the Trojans,  Kelvon Fuller led the Comets with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Jaylen Jackson added 13.

Henry Ford (2-2, 1-1) managed a win Dec. 18 with a 63-54 victory over Mumford. The Trojans were led by Joshua Davis with 23 points and James Towns with 12. Mumford got 17 points from Jamal Hall.

Girls: King, Pershing in PSL East; Cass Tech, Cody ties in PSL West.

King continues to blaze a trail in the PSL East with a 5-0 (1-0) mark. The Crusaders defeated Denby on Dec 18, 64-22. Antania Hayes led King in scoring with 17 points while Marte Grays chipped in with 111.

Pershing continues to stay in step with King with 77-10 beating of Western.

Over in the PSL West, Cass Tech (5-0, 2-0) and Cody (3-2, 3-0) are the front runners. Cass Tech clobbered the Westside Academy 68-23 on Dec 18 and Western on Dec. 20. Against Westside, Taylor Parker scored 14, while Destinee Russell added 12.

Cody defeated Northwestern on Dec. 18, 60-45 and Henry Ford in a overtime thriller last Dec. 20,  60-56. In Tuesday matchup against the Colts, Bridgette Murray led the Comets with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Lexus Reynolds added 13. Northwestern was paced by Jasmine Cooper with 13 points and Tre-blan Bondory added 12. In the Thursday overtime contest against the Trojans, Ashlee Kennedy was the savior for the Comets as she hit two key-three pointers in the OT. Kennedy had 32 points. Other performers from Cody were Lexus Reynolds (18 points) and Johnae Neely (14 rebounds). Carmen Brown scored 19 for Ford.

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