Pershing, Cass Tech, Osborn advance
PSL Boys Playoffs
East English stuns Mumford in first round
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
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 assistant Cory Harris. “We came together with a common goal — get a win.”
Senior forward Justin Tillman led the Doughboys with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while junior guard Marquel Ingram added 13 points. Sophomore guard Brailen Neely fired in 13 points for Western.
The Technicians overcame a sluggish start to surpass the Crusaders. Three Technicians scored in double figures led by senior guard Kenny Carpenter with 19 points. Senior guard Sharif Black scored 17, and forward Charles Key added 11. The Crusaders (8-8) got 11 points from junior forward Amani Lee and 10 points from junior forward Dayvon Austin. The Technicians out-rebounded the Crusaders 39-36.
The Knights (14-3) overcame a sluggish start during the regular season to make the PSL Playoffs. The dedicated effort they put in paid off in the first round with a 59-43 victory over Cody.
“I think it was a hard fought victory,” said Osborn Head Coach Lonell Williams. “I think they prepared well before the contest and executed the game plan. We have the opportunity to play Pershing in the next round and take our game to the next level.”
The Knights got scoring from junior guard DeAndre May with 19 points and senior forward Jermaine King with 16 points. Cody got a good scoring effort from senior guard/forward RaeShawn Clark with 15 points.
East English Village (10-7) stunned up-and-coming Mumford (13-3) with a 68-54 win knocking the Mustangs out in the first round. Sophomore guard Kamari Newman led the winning Bulldogs with 19 points. Senior guard Marqwyell Jackson and sophomore forward Cedrick Lattimore scored 17 points each. The Mustangs got 17 apiece from senior guard Terrance Byrd and sophomore guard Dwight Burton.
The boys’ quarter-finals were played on Feb. 111: Osborn vs. Pershing and Douglass Academy vs. Renaissance at East English Village; Cass Tech vs. East English Village and Henry Ford vs. Southeastern at Renaissance. The winner advances to the semi-finals Feb. 14 at Cass Tech. Results of these games will be in the next issues of the Michigan Citizen.