2013 Horatio Williams Classic Recaps

20 Jan

Southeastern 57 vs. Detroit Community 54:  The lesson Community should take away from this game is to play with the same intensity you started the game with as you should finish the contest.  The Hurricanes built a healthy 20-9 lead after one, Bo Zeigler was hitting permitter jump shots, and sophomore Darryl Smith was playing well for a 5’7″ point guard.  But, SE would not give up.  Throughout most of the game, the only Jungaleer doing anything offensively was Jovone Haynes.  Haynes was getting to the rim and hitting the occasional jump shot.  The game became only a two point contest at 49-47 Community holding the advantage with 3:14 left in the contest.  But things became complicated for the Hurricanes, as star wing Bo Zeigler fouled out of the game.  Which ultimately led to Southeastern taking the lead on a steal-and-score by Leonard Harper-Baker with :25 left in the game, giving SE a hard-fought, well deserved win.

Detroit Douglass 51 vs. Warren De La Salle 45: This game I knew was going to be good with two bright junior combo guards competing against each other in Douglass’ Darrell Davis, and De La Salle’s A.J. Turner.  In a low scoring, defensive oriented contest, A.J. was harassed throughout most of the game by Terrell Hale of Douglass, making life tough on A.J. just to bring the ball up the court.  Darrell Davis, similar to A.J. struggled to create offense in the early portion of the game, the key word being the word early.  Davis hit a three with 5:15 left in the game to give Fred. D a 40-39 lead they would not give up the rest of they way.  Davis finished up with 16, and A.J. finished up with 10.

Detroit Renaissance 82 vs. Ann Arbor Huron 66: Coming into this game, Renaissance senior guard Clark Bishop needed 26 points to enter the 1,000 point club.  And the four-year varsity player accomplished that goal tonight with 7:20 remaining in the fourth on an and-one.  Clark finished up with a game high 29.  Ann Arbor Huron has a sophomore to keep an eye on in wing guard Xavier Cochran.  The young man finished up with 22 points, showing some nice transition moves, and penetrating abilities.

Detroit Pershing 81 vs. Flint Beecher 74: The prime time game at the Horatio Williams Classic proved to be the $10 worth of admission.  The game in the first half looked like one of those early non-conference games in NCAA Basketball, where you have a team like Kentucky going up against Mid-Majors.  Despite two early flagrant fouls in the game, Beecher held it together on the road away from the comfy confines of Mt. Morris Twp.  Everyone in the gym was surprised of Beecher’s flawless offensive execution put on in the first half.  Iowa State commit Monte Morris was doing his usually thing of scoring the ball with his jump shot and showing off some nice handles, but also being a facilitator to the likes of Emmanuel Phifer, and Eric Cooper.  Beecher was ahead at the half 48-34, leading to some Buccaneer fans in the house chanting to Pershing “overrated.”  Even though Pershing is in their first year with head coach Wydell Henry, Coach Henry must’ve been like Bob Knight in that locker room, because he lit a fire under his Doughboys.  Because Kahlil Felder hit a big three with under four minutes to go making the deficit single digits at 56-48 Beecher.  In every big game, there is that one player who doesn’t seem to make a lot of shots, but when he does make a shot, it counts.  That player was junior Doughboy point guard Darsean Woodson.  With 1:45 remaining in the third, Darsean hit the second of his back-to-back threes giving Pershing the lead at 61-58, the only shots Woodson made on the night.  In the end, Beecher fought valiantly in the fourth, but the likes of Felder and fellow senior Lorenzo Collier seemed to be too much.  Collier finished up with 20 huge points for Pershing.  Huge because stud wing Martez Walker only tallied nine points for Pershing, while Oakland bound guard Kahlil Felder finished up with 25.  Morris led Beecher with 25, CMU football commit Eric Cooper chipped in with 17, while junior forward Emmanuel Phifer added 24.  If only these two teams were in the same class we could see a rematch at the Breslin Center in late March.

One Response to “2013 Horatio Williams Classic Recaps”

  1. Joseph Frye Jr. January 21, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Again I did not make any psl games, but I will make my rounds when playoffs begins. Keep your head up. @J0#king82

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