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PSL basketball made a strong showing in 2012-13

DeAndre Johnson, Cass Tech

DeAndre Johnson, Cass Tech

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

DETROIT — Despite declining enrollment during the 2012-13 season of the Detroit Public School League Basketball, talent won out.
First, the league rebounded after a two-year drought against the Catholic High School League; the PSL won three of the four Operation Championships, winning both girls contests and the boys championship.

Second, the team had several strong squads. The boys not only had Pershing, Southeastern and Frederick Douglass, but the rise of teams like Cass Tech, East English Village and Western International. This will improve the quality of play next season. Teams like Cody, Renaissance and CMA should also improve, making the quality of play even stronger. King, although down this year, should rebound.

From the girls end, King showed its prowess going unbeaten until the quarter-finals. On the east side, Pershing, Osborn and Denby made the race interesting. On the west side, Cass Tech, like the boys team, showed it was the Lady Technicians’ time to shine, winning the PSL West and making it to the PSL Finals. The PSL West showed it was more than just Cass Tech with teams from Renaissance, Cody, Mumford and Northwestern doing well. Next season should even be better.

The biggest news was the rising performance of Pershing, despite their loss to eventual State Champion Romulus. Frederick Douglass in Class B also had a strong showing until they ran into Class B State Champ Birmingham Country Day. Southeastern made it to the Class A State Finals, representing the city of Detroit. Despite losing to Romulus, the Jungaleers’ presence in the State Finals is proof the Detroit PSL is back to make a run at the state crown now and in the future.

The 2012-13 Michigan Citizen/Detroit PSL Coaches All-City Basketball Teams

First Team
Clark Bishop, Renaissance
Darrell Davis, Frederick Douglass Academy
Kahlil Felder, Pershing
DeAndre Johnson, Cass Tech
Martez Walker, Pershing

Second Team
Dayvon Austin, King
Terrance Byrd, Denby
Kelvon Fuller, Cody
Jovone Haynes, Southeastern
DeAngelo Stewart, Cass Tech

Third Team
Ajon Anderson, Westside Academy
Marqywell Jackson, East English Village
Nikeen Merchant, Osborn
Brailen Neely, Western International
Romondo Ray, Western International

Honorable Mention
Terrence Sewell, Northwestern
Daryl Bingham and Kenyatta Singleton, Southeastern
Daniel Jefferies, Central
Antione Bedford and Korman Newson, East English Village
Jamal Hall, Mumford
James Towns, Henry Ford
Armanti Tinsley, Western International
First Team
Lauren Elliot, Cass Tech
Jayna Fullove, Renaissance
Antania Hayes, King
Nijzah Hill, Pershing
Bridgette Murray, Cody

Second Team
Claudette Brookins, Osborn
Tyesha Dillard, Mumford
Brionna Grimes, Mumford
Shavarra Patton, Northwestern
Kashawnna Sampson, Cass Tech

Third Team
Alecia Craig, DIA
Takira Height, King
Josephine Holmes, Central
Aysa Hood, East English Village
Ja’nae Williams, King

Honorable Mention
Destinee Russell, Tyra Jones and K’Lynn Willis, Cass Tech
LaQuita Hart, King
Teresa Thomas, Henry Ford
Alexis Stephens, East English Village
Sierra Dowlen, Alexis Fountain and Siyeh Frazier, Renaissance


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