Prep basketball classic kicks off prep season with outstanding games
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Prep basketball games are attracting large crowds. On Dec. 9-10, Mumford High School hosted the Derrick Coleman Midwest Challenge featuring teams from the Detroit Public School League, local charter schools and prep teams from Chicago, Ill.
The first day of competition featured the Detroit PSL against the Chicago schools. Although the Detroit PSL put their best foot forward, the Chicago schools won three of the four games. Chicago Bogan defeated Detroit’s Frederick Douglass 77-72. Chicago Morgan Park had the best of PSL Champion Pershing 82-69, while Chicago Orr edged Class A State runner-up Southeastern 42-39. Mumford saved face for the PSL with the only PSL victory, a 52-51 win over Chicago Hyde Park.
During day two, the PSL won two of the three games featured. Cass Tech was the most successful during day two with a 76-59 win over Harper Woods Chandler Park. Senior guard Kenny Carpenter led the Technicians in scoring with 20 points. Senior forward Charles Key scored 16, while senior guard Michael Laster added 15. Chandler Park got their scoring from sophomore guard Jalen Martin (24 points), senior guard Labron Stewart (12 points) and senior forward Damon Muex (10 points). Cass Tech built 17-point lead in the final quarter to clinch the victory.
In the night cap game, Western International lost to defending Class A State Champion Romulus, 68-54 despite 21 points from Brailen Neely, the only Western player with double figures. Romulus was led by senior Kris Clyburn with 26 points and 10 rebounds and junior Jaylin Walker with 13 points.
Western got a jump on Romulus as the Cowboys led 15-11 after one period. The Eagles, however, started hitting their shots and built a 36-25 halftime lead. Western could never catch up in the second half as the Eagles began to hit many of their percentage shots.
In the other contest Henry Ford defeated River Rouge in a tight 47-42 victory.