Pershing Tops Southeastern To Claim City Championship

22 Feb

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One of the hardest tasks in sports is to defend a championship, especially when the opponent is your bitter division rival who beat you earlier in the year.  However, Pershing was able to outlast Southeastern in overtime to claim their second straight DPS City Championship by the score 57-56.

As soon as the game started, it looked as if it would be Southeastern winning their second city title within the last four years, jumping out to a 21-9 after the first quarter, and then eventually 29-19 at the halftime.

“He (Coach Henry) kept telling us that we were alright,” senior point guard Darsean Woodson said the message was at halftime. “we just had to be poise and dial in.”

In the second half, Pershing started to get their offense going.  Buffalo Bulls commit Mory Diane highlighted the comeback scoring 13 of his game high 15 points in the second half, including the game tying floater in the lane for Pershing with 33.2 seconds left that capped off a 15-2 run for the Doughboys to send the game in to overtime.

Pershing never trailed in the overtime, even with seniors Justin Tillman and Diane fouling out within the first two minutes of the period.  Pershing eventually led by one point with 6.2 second left, after two missed free-throws by Kam Barden, Southeastern did not get the ball passed half court, giving Pershing the hardware.

Mory Diane led all scorers with 15 points, Kam Barden chipped in with 13 points, and Darsean Woodson had 10 points for Pershing.  Southeastern was led by Leonard Harper-Baker with 15 points, and D’Cari Charleston scored 12 points for the Jungaleers.

Both teams now move onto the state tournament which begins in about a week.  For Pershing, who always have state titles on their mind, a game like this can serve as a teaching point for how to start a game.

“That gives us a lot of momentum,” Woodson had to say, “knowing that we have to turn it up more & earlier in the game.”

 

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