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King's Marte Grays (35) shoots for two.

King’s Marte Grays (35) shoots for two.

Beats Cass Tech for PSL title

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

The Martin Luther King Crusaders won their third straight Detroit Public School League Title.

Cass Tech gave the Crusaders a stiff challenge, but wasn’t enough as the three-peat team turned back the Technicians in a hard fought battle ending in a 51-41 score at the Detroit Public School League Basketball Championship Feb. 21 at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit.

The Crusaders’ tight defense kept the Technicians in check, holding them to just one basket in the first period. They led 10-2 after one period, before the Technicians mounted a strong comeback in the second.

The Technicians poured in 11 points to only trail the Crusaders 22-13 at the half. The Crusaders led 37-27 after three periods and outscored the Technicians 15-13 in the final period to seal the victory.

“We had a good start. We were up after the first period before we started to miss a few shots,” said King Head Coach William Whitfield. “They came within six points before we went back up by 10 points again. It was a game of runs and we had the last one to stay in front. It was great that we won, but we could’ve played better.”

Senior Crusader center LaShai Geter led her team with a game-high 15 points. Senior forward Marte Grays and junior guard Janae Williams scored 11 points apiece.

The Technicians got a strong performance from senior guard Lauren Elliott with 13 points. Junior guard Taylor Parker chipped in with eight points.

“Geter played a great game with her shooting rebounding,” Whitfield added.  Grays had a great second half and Williams played well also.”

“It feels good to win another PSL championship,” said freshman guard Alicia Norman. “We played as hard as we could to get this win”

Grays says the game was about their defense. “It was a big game because of our defense,” she said. “Our defense was the key because Cass Tech kept pushing us. As for the state tournament, this year is going to be different because coach (Whitfield) emphasizes defense. That’s what we’re going to stress.”

“We played hard on both ends of the floor,” said junior center/forward Malaysia McHenry. “This year were going all the way (to state finals), because we’re going to work hard in practice to win the state. The state is ours. We’re going into it all the way.”

This third straight championship was the 22nd for the Crusaders.


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