U of D Outlasts East English Village 76-72 in Instant Classic

10 Dec

photo-3After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Detroit East English Bulldogs never relented.  From a 7-0 run heading into halftime down 12, to a 13-4 spurt to start the second half placing the Bulldogs only down three with five minutes left to go in the third stanza.  The next ten minutes went relatively even, until junior point guard Chris Rollins hit a corner three to knot the game at 64-64 with 4:50 left in the contest.

Unfortunately for East English, the Cubs made just too many plays down the stretch, led by junior Cassius Winston’s game high 33 points.  The aforementioned Rollins fouled out with 2:37 left in the contest with his team down just one possession.  Jesuit went on to shoot well over 80% from the foul line down the stretch in the fourth quarter, with Winston totaling a 16-17 performance at the charity on the night.

“We mean business this year,” were the words of Winston at the conclusion of the day.

This was Cassius’ second straight 30 point plus performance to start the year, the other on Monday’s victory over Chicago Morgan Park.

“I’m just trying to win games, that’s all that’s on my mind,” Winston said.  “Points, assists, what needs it that’s what going to happen.”

East English, the state’s pre-season’s 15 ranked team, also has their own stud junior, 6’3″ Kamari Newman, who added 16 of his points in “just a friendly battle” according to Winston.  The Village was led by 6’4″ junior forward Cedric Lattimore, whose 17 points in the second half ignited the EEVP comeback.  Lattimore finished with 28 points and seven rebounds, while Rollins finished with 14 points.

U of D improves to 2-0 on the young season, and will have six days to prepare for defending Class C state champion Detroit Consortium.  The Bulldogs fall to 0-1.  Up next for EEVP will be a date with Detroit Edison on December 13th at the Horatio Williams Tip-Off Classic.

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