Pershing leads PSL East; Cass Tech tops in PSL West
Prep hoops update
Girls Hoops: King a slam dunk in PSL East; Cass Tech out in front in PSL West
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Pershing temporarily secured its spot on top of the Detroit Public School League’s East Division with two big wins last week, an 87-52 win over Davis Aerospace on Jan. 15 and a crucial 63-54 victory over second place Southeastern on Jan 18.
Both wins gave the top-ranked (Class A) Doughboys a 5-0 divisional (PSL East), 11-0 overall record with two weeks left in the regular season before the PSL playoffs.
“We got to get better down the stretch,” said Pershing head coach Wydell Henry. “Southeastern is a great rebounding team and all the kids got up for this game. I told Martez (Walker) show them what you can do.”
Walker topped all scorers against Southeastern with a game-high 21 points, including a thundering slam dunk in the fourth quarter against the Jungaleers.
The Doughboys had big leads throughout the contest only to have the leads cut by the Jungaleers. But when it looked like Southeastern would catch Pershing, the Doughboys led by Walker, Kahlil Felder (17 points), Lorenzo Collier (11 points) and Darsean Woodson (10 points) hit crucial three-point and percentage shots down the stretch.
“We have seven returning players that been here before,” Henry said. “The strength in schedule has also helped us in these games. Going down the stretch things are going to get tougher and we have to be ready.”
Pershing leads PSL East with a 5-0 divisional and 11-0 overall record. Southeastern is second (4-1, 8-3) followed by Douglass Academy (4-1, 6-4) and a much improved East English Village (4-2, 7-4).
The PSL West belongs to Cass Tech so far. The Technicians are out in front with a 5-0 divisional, 9-1 overall record. Last Tuesday the Technicians smashed Mumford 61-18 and routed Henry Ford 74-35 days later. Against Ford, DeAndre Johnson (13 points), Mike Laster and Charles Key (10 points each) led Cass Tech.
“We play hard with good defense,” said Cass Tech coach _______. “We crashed the boards and dominated the paint (inside) in the first half. We need to continue to work a lot better. As for the playoffs, defense will be the key. Our goal is PSL and State (Class A) Champions.”
Cody (4-1, 7-2) is tied for second in the PSL West with a surprising and upcoming Western International (4-1, 6-3), followed by Communication Arts (3-2, 6-3) and Renaissance (3-2, 5-6).
PSL girls hoops
In girls hoops, the PSL East strictly belongs to King’s Lady Crusaders. Their 82-11 victory over Detroit International Academy on Jan. 15 secured their first-place position with a 5-0 divisional, 10-0 overall record.
In the PSL West, Cass Tech girls lead the way with a 6-0 divisional, 10-0 overall mark, followed by Cody (6-1, 7-4) and Renaissance (5-1, 6-3). In the Lady Technicians’ 59-18 victory over Henry Ford Jan. 18, Taylor Parker topped all scorers with 26 points.
“This season we’re entirely one team,” said Cass Tech head coach Marissa Thrower. “There are no superstars on this team. We’re working as a unit.”
Thrower says although the team is smaller than last year, they’re steadily working on defense.
“As for our division Mumford, Renaissance and Cody all are good teams,” she said. “We’re taking one game at a time and we’ll need all 13 players to win. We’re learning from every game and not taking anyone lightly.”