Jamal Cain and Derrik Jamerson Team Up For Cornerstone To Better Ferndale University

13 Feb

photo-8In high school basketball, the odds of defeating a team twice are extremely low. Especially if the team has an entirely new makeup for the second time around.

Detroit Cornerstone Health and Technology avenged an 87-77 January 15th setback to Ferndale University with a 72-58 victory.

“It felt real good,” junior guard Derrik Jamerson said following the game. “Because I had to sit and watch the first time with out being able to help my team.”

More than half of the Wolves’ starting lineup did not play the first time Cornerstone and University met. Many transferred from Melvindale ABT to follow head coach Myke Covington, including the combination of Jamerson and sophomore forward Jamal Cain.

Cain and Jamerson accounted for 50 of the team’s 72 points.  Jamerson connected on at least one three pointer in every quarter, before finishing with seven all together.

“I just tried to make sure I got my shot up high in the air,” said Jamerson was the key to his shooting.

Jamerson had three 3s in the first quarter, and the Wolves opened up a 21-9 lead.

Ferndale University continued to struggle with Cornerstone’s trapping half court defense in the second quarter. Unable to find any continuity in their offense, the Eagles shot only 4-24 from the field in the first half. Cornerstone would lead 34-19 at half.

“The plan was the get the ball out of number three’s hands (senior point guard John Moore),” Jamerson said was the mindset going in. “And make his team make decisions.”

University woke up some to start the third, an 8-2 run in the first 2:24, yet was quickly thwarted away by Cain. Jamal scored 11 of his 23 points in the third, and a Derrik Jamerson three to conclude the third gave Cornerstone a 58-40 lead, their largest of the game.

“I think our combo is very hard to stop,” Jamerson said of him and Cain. “Because we are skilled, and yes I believe we have one the best combos in the state, but we also have a lot of work to do.”

The aforementioned Moore and junior Gehringer Ramirez attempted to provide resistance to the Wolves onslaught in the fourth. Moore would connect on back-to-back threes with 5:43 remaining to trim the deficit to nine. However, the Wolves would go on a 12-3 spurt spanning the next 3:16, capped off with a Jamal Cain fast break slam to put the icing on the cake for a Cornerstone victory.

Jamerson finished with a team high 27 points, senior point guard Tyreese Scales had 10 points and three assists, and Trey Burton added seven points and seven assists, Cain had 17 rebounds to go along with his 23 points.

Moore led University with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Ramirez contributed 11 points, and forward Marcus Davis scored 13 points, and hauled in 10 rebounds.

University falls to 10-3, while Cornerstone currently holds a record of 7-4. Cornerstone is in their first year of basketball competition, and per MHSAA rules, will not be allowed to participate in the March state tournament. The school could form into a perennial Class D contender, however, the program has other plans. As early as next season, Cornerstone might not be affiliated with the MHSAA, allowing the Wolves greater freedom in scheduling games, and distances to travel for contests, similar to a modern day prep school format. While it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Wolves, one thing is for certain, there is a growing power on the west side of Detroit.

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