PSL teams shine in holiday hoops classic
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Teams from the Detroit Public Schools showed their dominance at the fifth annual Detroit PSL Holiday Hoops Classic held Dec. 26-27 at Cass Technical High School. Of the 10 games played, nine featured the Detroit PSL against suburban, national and charter school competition. The PSL was victorious in eight of nine games. Two of the games featured girls’ match-ups with the PSL winning both games.
Dec. 26 games
The Frederick Douglass Academy got 20 points from senior guard Darrell Davis as the Hurricanes blew out the Harper Woods Pioneers, 68-39. Also scoring in double figures for the Hurricanes were senior center Daavi Bradley (17 points) and senior forward DeShawn Sanders (10 points). Junior guard Naylan Johnson led the Pioneers with 17 points. Martin Luther King boys showed why they are still contenders, as the Crusaders (4-1) overpowered Ferndale 72-42 in the second contest of the day. The Crusaders’ senior center Tyrone Acuff continues to spark as he led with a game-high 23 points. Senior forward Dayvon Austin scored 18 points. The Eagles got 10 points from senior guard Robert Deiz.
The Cass Tech girls played the first of two female match-ups as the host Technicians (5-0) took down Oak Park, 51-33. Pacing the Technicians’ scoring were junior forward K’lynn Willis (14 points) and freshman forward Octavia Hearn (10 points). Western International was the first and only loss for the PSL as the Cowboys (1-3) fell to the Clarkston Wolves, 47-33. Senior guard Nick Owens led Clarkston with 20 points. Pershing (3-1) gave the PSL fans something to smile about as the Doughboys won the last game of the tournament’s first day with a 74-53 rout of Southfield (2-3). Senior forward Justin Tillman led a trio of Doughboys in scoring with a game-high 24 points. Junior guard Marquel Ingram scored 16 while senior guard Mory Diane chipped in 11 points. The Blue Jays got 11 points from junior guard Howard McInnis.
Dec. 27 games
Henry Ford (5-1) started things off for the PSL as the Trojans turned back Grosse Pointe North, 67-56. Sophomore guard James Towns once again led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points. Junior guard Joshua Davis scored 13 points while senior forward Josh Lee added 10. The Norsemen had four players in double figures in a losing effort: senior guard Jacob Zacharias (15 pts.), senior guard Ricky Watson (13 pts.), senior forward Justin Kennedy (11 pts.) and junior guard Tim Herd (10 pts.).
The second contest pitted public school against charter school. East English Village of the PSL got the best of local charter school Community High as the Bulldogs (3-2) upset the previously unbeaten Hurricanes (now 5-1), 77-66. Sophomore guard Karmari Newman fired in 32 points, senior guard Mar’Qywell Jackson pumped in 24, while sophomore Cedrick Lattimore added 10. Community High got 21 points from junior guard/forward Jalin Gardner and 13 points from junior guard Darryl Smith.
King (6-0) earned a convincing victory against one of the top girls’ teams in the state of Illinois, Chicago Crete-Monee. The Lady Crusaders got 25 points from senior center/forward Marte’ Grays and 12 points from junior guard Janae Williams, as they defeated the Warriors in a close 52-50 win. Crete-Monee (10-3) got 14 points from sophomore Lindzy Cox and 13 from senior guard Alexia DeBose.
Mumford (6-1) continues to be the surprise during the nonleague part of the season as the Mustangs upended Southeastern 55-44. Senior guard Terrance Byrd scored 21 points while senior forward Harold Montgomery added 10. Senior guard/forward Leonard Harper-Baker scored 21 points for the Jungaleers while senior guard Daryl Bingham added 17.
The final game of the tournament was international flair as the host team, Cass Tech, faced Toronto Eastern Commerce from Ontario, Canada. The Technicians (3-1) got the best of the Saints, winning 73-57. The Technicians had three players in double figures led by senior guard Michael Laster’s 18 points. Senior guard Shariff Black poured in 17 and senior forward Charles Key scored 15. Junior guard Kadre Gray led Commerce’s effort, scoring 12 points.