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Antania Hayes Interview

18 Feb

DePual commit Antania Hayes talks after her King Crusaders won the second city title in as many years.  Hayes played a marvelous all around game, considering the fact that a few hours before the game, she attended the viewing of her brother who had recently passed away.

PSL Finals Recap

17 Feb

King 45 vs. Cass Tech 38 (Girls)- The Crusaders of Martin Luther King won their second PSL Girls Basketball Championship out lasting Cass Tech in a tough hard-fought game.  The Technecians came out and surprised the entire city by only allowing King two points in the entire first quarter.  But in the third quarter is where King made their move.  Outscoring Cass 17-9 in the quarter.  In the fourth is where things got interesting.  Cass was able to cut into the lead by as much as six points at 34-28.  But were unable to get any closer.  LaQuita Heart had 16 points for King, and senior Antania Hayes had 11 and 14 rebounds.  Lauren Elliot had nine for Cass.

Pershing 80 vs. Cass Tech 61- Pershing needed to come out and make a statement after last year’s disappointing performance in the PSL Championship.  And they did just that.  Oakland commit Kahlil Felder nailed two-three pointers in the first two minutes of the contest setting the tempo for the rest of the game.  The Doughboys lead 37-26 at half thanks to a Martez Walker three-point shot as time expired to send the teams into over time.  In that second half, Pershing senior Lorenzo Collier  came out and set the tempo early scoring eight of his teams first 13 points in the quarter, a deficit Cass was never able to overcome giving Pershing their 3rd city title in five years.

Notes

Game 2: For Pershing, Collier and Justin Tillman finished up with 17 points.  While Martez Walker had 20 for the Doughboys.  This is Pershing’s first city title for coach Wydell Henry, who replaced A.W. Canada at the beginning of the season.  For Cass, it was D’Andre Johnson leading them in scoring with 13 points.  The senior seemed to have no support from his teammates, resulting in him trying to take the game over and pressing a little bit.  Kahlil Felder did not score many points, but you can tell that he is a big time player.  When the pressure is up on Pershing, that is where Felder steps his game up.  This is the one game, I have seen Pershing put together for foursolid quarters,  And not wait until the second half to make their run.

Cass Tech 82 vs. Renaissance 64

9 Jan

The Cass Tech Technecians traveled to take on their rival the Phoenix of Renaissance and pulled out with a 82-64 victory.  Much like the state championship football team at Cass Tech, the basketball team is full of division one talent.  Players like D’Andre Johnson, DeAngelo Stewart, and Kyle Steward, all have received some division one interest.  Not to be left behind are rising juniors such as Kenny Carpenter, and Charles Key.

CT built a 11-2 lead in the first 3:55 of the game.  In that first quarter, the Technecians hit six three-point shots, as Johnson, Stewart and Carpenter all hit two threes apiece.  Cass thought it would be smooth sailing from their, but not so fast.  CT was never able to create much separation in the second and third quarters as Renaissance on some occasions only trailed as much as five points.  In the fourth is where things changed.  Led by Stewart, Cass was able to put the game out of reach and left with a convincing victory.

According the my game notes, DeAngelo Stewart amassed 25 points to lead CT.  Clark Bishop, struggled through most of the early portion of the game, but came back nicely to finish up with 26 points to lead Renaissance.

Renaissance Day Two Recap

29 Dec

East English 71 vs. L’Anse Cruese 43– When English got off the a 7-0 start in the first minute of the game, you could tell it was all over.  In that first quarter, the Bulldogs led 27-5, and sailed to rest of the way for the victory.  Senior Antoine Benford and junior Marqywell Jackson each added 24 points for the Bulldogs.

Douglass 67 vs. Harper Woods 40– Douglass used their athleticism and toughness on defense to contain Harper Woods throughout the entire game.  It seemed as if the game was only competitive when the score started at 0-0.  Leading the Hurricanes in scoring were Davvi Bradley with 16, jr. Terrell Hales added 12, and standout jr. Darrell Davis contributed  11.

Southfield 68 vs. Renaissance 62– The Blue Jays of Southfield took on the host team for the tournament, the Phoenix of Renaissance.  The game was relatively competitive throughout much of the first half.  But in the third, fortunes changed to the Phoenix as Southfield took a commanding 52-43 lead after three.  But in the fourth was when Renaissance turned it their defensive intensity, creating turnovers which helped them cut the lead down to two.  But Renaissance was never abled to get over the hump, as Southfield hit their free-throws to close out the game.  Clark Bishop added 26 points for the Phoenix.

Pershing 57 vs. Community 55– I’ll take you to the last couple of minute in this game because this is where the fun happened.  Throughout the whole game, no team seemed to have any advantage.  But in the second half, something just happened to Community, their defense was holding Pershing and they scored when they needed to.  The Hurricanes held a six point lead with 3:55 left to go in the game.  With under a minute to play, senior point guard Kahlil Felder stepped up and made a crucial jumper to put Pershing up one with 29 seconds left.  Pershing would then hit two three throws to extend their lead to three.  Commnunity would have one final chance to tie the game.  Bo Zeigler was fouled on Community’s next possession, down by three and was on his way to the free-throw line.  Zeigler hit the first shot, and purposely missed the second one hoping a teammate would tip in the final shot.  Community did get the ball back, but a floater was off the mark, giving Pershing the win.  Senior Doughboy stars Martez Walker finished with 21 points and five rebounds, Kahlil Felder finished with 16 points and six rebounds.  Community was led by Zeigler’s 15 points and six boards, while Jerrell Martin paced Community with 21 points for himself.

Predictions for Detroit Public Schools League Basketball

20 Dec

The Detroit PSL basketball league portion of the schedule opened up on Tuesday, and this year looks to be once again another competitive year within the DPS. The league sports many of the state’s top ranked teams, as well as some teams that could surprise us come playoff time. There are two divisions in the DPS, the East Division and the West Division. Between the two divisions, the East is completely stacked this year. Teams like Douglass, Southeastern, Pershing, and East English Village all carry players that are holding offers and gaining interest from some of the country’s best college basketball programs. On the flip side, the West may only have one or two teams that can compete for a city title, however, more teams in that division are unknown at this point in the season. For example, Western has always been a doormat in the league but this year things could be different for the Cowboys. With that being said, this ought to be one exciting season.

East Division

(1.) Pershing (2.) Douglass (3.) Southeastern (4.) East English Village (5.) King (6.) Osborn (7.) Denby (8.) Central (9.) Davis

West Division

(1.) Cass Tech (2.) Renaissance (3.) Cody (4.) Western (5.) Ford (6.) Mumford (7.)Northwestern (8.) CMA (9.) Westside

Players to Watch

Jaylen Bufford- Denby, Darrell Davis- Douglass, Alex Burney- Osborn, Kenyatta Singleton- Southeastern, D’Cari Charleston- Southeastern, Justin Tillman- Pershing, Martez Walker- Pershing, Darsean Woodson- Pershing, Khalil Felder- Pershing, Armani Lee- King, Marqywell Jackson- East English Village, Antoine Benford- East English Village, Kenny Carpenter- Cass Tech, D’Andre Johnson- Cass Tech, Kyle Steward- Cass Tech, Deangelo Stewart- Cass Tech, Joshua Davis- Ford, Romondo Ray- Western, Clark Bishop- Renaissance

Jalen Embry Interview

11 Dec

Interview with Jayru Campbell

28 Nov

Cass Tech Dynasty?

22 Nov

The thought in my mind of Cass Tech becoming a dynasty hit me when Cass beat Lake Orion in the semi-finals to go to Ford Field for the second straight year.  Last year, the Technecians man-handled CC on route to their first state championship and first in division 1 for the PSL.  Most people would say that they are not a dynasty, but there is reason to say that they are building one.  The past three seasons have been remarkable at Cass Tech.  In 2010, Cass went 9-0 in the regular season, and a city championship.  In 2011, you already know that they won the state championship.  But there is something else that must come up when a dynasty is being formed, that is the development of elite players.  Cass Tech has developed division one players like Dior Mathis, Thomas Gordon, William Campbell, not to mention a NFL player named Vernon Gholston.  It seems that Cass always has a kid ranked in the top 10 in the state.  This year it is Jourdan Lewis who is a Michigan commit and is a captain of a loaded Technician defense.  Jourdan is carrying the Cass Tech tradition of elite corners.  A tradition that has included players like the previously mentioned Dior Mathis, Delonte Hollowel, and Terry Richardson.

The most common dynasties people think of in the MHSAA are the traditional powers like a CC, a Brother Rice, a Muskegon, a East Grand Rapids, teams that seem every year to be playing at Ford Field for a championship.  Well I’ll tell you, Cass is very close to becoming one of those schools.  They have over 20 kids this year with division one interest.  It would be great for the DPS to have a team that could compete with the perennial state powers to show that they are one of the best leagues in the Michigan.

Interview with Gary Hosey

21 Nov

Gary Hosey is a junior from Detroit Cass Tech who is already drawing some division 1 interest from Big Ten Schools.  He talks about the win over Lake Orion.

Interview with Will White

19 Nov

Will White is a monster at the linebacker position who can beat with size and speed.  A returnee from last years team, he talks about the upcoming game with CC.

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