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Renaissance, Henry Ford off to a good start

Henry Ford’s James Towns         PHOTO CREDIT: CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS.

Henry Ford’s James Towns
PHOTO CREDIT: CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS.

Boys Prep Hoops Roundup#1

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

Renaissance is off to a great start, as is Henry Ford, during the early part of the 2013-14 high school basketball season.

Renaissance, now 3-0, recently defeated the Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern Dec. 17, 74-50. In the Phoenix victory over the Colts, sophomore guard Justin Turner led three Renaissance team players in double figures with 22 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Kevin Clemons scored 16 while senior guard Corey Wheeler added 14. Turner scored a game-high 26 points and Wheeler fired in 14 in the Phoenix’s 68-49 victory over University Prep Dec. 14.  In Renaissance’s opening game win, a 45-30 triumph over Denby Dec. 11, Turner led all scorers with 20 points.

Henry Ford, off to a 2-1 start, earned their second win of the season with 78-23 thumping of DCP-Northwestern on Dec. 17. A trio of Ford players scored for the Trojans led by sophomore guard James Towns (18 points), and junior guards Joshua Davis (15 points) and Antuan Carter (14 points). The Trojans opened the season with a 47-42 victory over River Rouge at the Derrick Coleman Midwest Classic Dec. 10 at Mumford High School.

Davis Aerospace (1-1) earned its first win of the season with a 43-37 victory over Cristo Rey Dec. 13. Senior forward DeJuan Howard led the Aviators with 18 points while senior guard R’zon Brown chipped in with 13. Xavier Rushing scored 15 for Cristo Rey.

With Renaissance and Henry Ford on the upswing, Osborn (1-3) and Cody (1-2) are off to a slow start. Osborn’s only win so far has been an 81-43 victory over Hamtramck Frontier International Dec. 13. The Knights losses have been to the Allen Academy on Dec. 10 (70-61), Community High on Dec. 14 at the Williams Tip-off Classic (70-58) and to Warren Mott Dec. 19 (81-74). Against Warren Mott, junior guard DeAndre May scored 28 points for the Knights in a losing effort.

In Osborn’s victory over Frontier International, senior forward Jermaine King and junior guard Nikeen Merchant scored 15 points apiece for the Knights.

Cody picked up their only win so far this season in a close 60-58 match against University Prep. Three Comets scored in double figures: senior guard Eric Alan-Hayes (16 points), senior guard Raeshawn Clark (15 points), and senior forward Nathaniel Burns (13 points). In the Comets 71-50 loss to Ecorse, sophomore Diante Daniel led Cody in scoring with 12 points.

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