Frederick Douglass victorious
Hurricanes triumph over Country Day in Class B regional
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
For the last two seasons, the Frederick Douglass Academy was runner-up to Birmingham Country. The Hurricanes, always strong competitors in district play, consistently came up short to the Yellowjackets in MHSAA Class B Regional action.
But this year was different. On March 12, Frederick Douglass (16-9) defeated Birmingham Country Day 69-56 in the Class B Regional at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep advancing in the state playoffs dropping the Yellowjackets to 17-8.
“It was a good game,” said Frederick Douglass Head Coach Nkwane Young. “The kids played hard with a good defensive effort. The players played smart as a team.”
Young attributes the win to his senior players.
“They really wanted this one,” he said. “However, our goal is still the state championship.”
After trailing Country Day 15-14 after one period of play, the Hurricanes defense clamped down on the Yellow Jackets and held them to only a pair of free throws the entire second period. Douglass poured in 14 points during the second period and took a 28-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Hurricanes maintained their double-digit lead outscoring Country Day 17-16 in the third period to lead 45-33 after three periods of play and 24-23 in the final period to win the Class B Regional Title.
The seniors on the team did make a statement. Guard Darrell Davis led Douglass in scoring with 24 points, guard Terrell Hales fired in 16 point, while center Daavi Bradley scored 14 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
Frederick Douglass played Goodrich in quarter-final action March 18. If victorious, the Hurricanes will advance to the if they make it through semi-finals. Results of that game and coverage of the March 21 Class B Semi-Finals and the March 22 State Championship will be in the next issue of the Citizen.