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Henry Ford Tops CMA In Rugged PSL Playoff Meeting

12 Mar

IMG_0228Baskets were few and far in-between for both Detroit CMA and Henry Ford in a district semi-final meeting at Livonia Clarenceville.  However, defense, senior leadership, and free-throws aided Ford in a 52-45 defeat of CMA.

Leading by three with two minutes remaining, Ford senior Josh Davis held the ball at the top of the key.  Multiple Pharoh defenders converged on Davis for an attempt at a jump-ball.  In self-defense, Davis pushed a CMA player.  Davis was awarded a controversial technical foul, and CMA received two free-throws and possession.  CMA connected on one free-throw, but did not score.  Then with 1:15 in the fourth, CMA forward Jaylen Haiston tied the game 44-44 with a lay-up.

Then on the ensuing Trojan possession, Davis was fouled well-over 30 feet from the basket, Ford was in the bonus.  Mr. PSL calmly knocked down two free-throws, in what turned out to be the game winning points.

Davis shot six free-throws in the final seconds of the game, and was perfect.

“That’s all I want,” Davis said. “I want the game in my hands.”

Although Davis averages double-figures scoring wise, it was an abnormal performance for both Josh and Trojans throughout the contest.  Josh scored just six points in the first half, and made just one three-pointer.  Combined with Trojan turnovers, and CMA’s unique flex-offense, the Pharohs were able to dictate tempo and control the game, holding leads by as much as nine during moments of the game.

“We had to learn how to switch,” said Davis on CMA’s offensive attack.  “Because we never switched the whole season, so we had to maintain our man, and limit them to one shot.”

Davis scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the second-half.  CMA led Ford by one at half, but the Trojans found continuity and rhythm in the second-half.  An 8-1 run the final three minutes of the third capped-off by a Davis three gave the Trojans an eight point advantage entering the fourth.  On a night which Davis didn’t have much individual success, his teammates filled the void.  Alston Hunter contributed a few second-half baskets and rebounds, junior point guard James Towns applied on-ball pressure and created turnovers, and senior shooting guard Jamal Edwards tallied 11 points, and served as the primary Trojan scorer throughout the game.  This is the type of team-effort Davis has been waiting for.

“We had a real hard time staying together in the beginning of the season,” said Davis.  “This is the time of the season we have to learn how come together.”

Although CMA and Ford are both in the PSL, the two had not yet met on the year.  Ford competes in the prestigious division one, while CMA sits in division two.  Given a near scare in the team’s opening round of the playoffs, Davis believes the Trojans cannot afford the same start against charter school power Detroit Community (16-5) on Friday in the district championship.  The Hurricanes are just two years removed from playing for a Class B state title.

“We’re just going to come out harder next game,” Davis added.  “This is my last year, I want to make history for the school, get us a ring, make everybody happy.”

Announcing The First Annual Coaches vs. Violence Classic

2 Dec

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Prep Ball Report is honored to announce, in collaboration with Detroit Westside Christian Head Coach Greg Boler, the First Annual Coaches vs. Violence Classic, held on Saturday, January 24th at Southfield Bradford High School.

From established state powers, to up and coming programs, the Coaches vs. Violence Classic hopes to promote the messages of Dr. King in a positive, family friendly, athletic environment.

Game one features the upstart Taylor Prep Tigers, in their first year of varsity competition, against fellow charter up and coming Detroit Public Safety Academy, tip-off is set four 2:00 PM.

The second game on the day is a PSL vs. charter school tilt, with the Colts of Detroit Northwestern, led by 6’1″ junior guard Terrance Sewell and 6’2″ backcourt mate Ketquan Gatewood, taking on Southfield Bradford.  Bradford, under the guidance of first year head coach Ra Murray, will look to build off a 19 win campaign a year ago.  Tip-off is slated for 4:00 PM.

In the third game of the day, the defending Class C state champions Consortium Cougars, now in Class B, square off against the Falcons of Farmington High School.  Consortium is led by junior 6’0″ scoring machine Luster Johnson, and 6’6″ paint punisher Mykel Tyson.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

The nightcap on the day will pit another PSL vs. charter contest, as Detroit Allen Academy, one of the favorites to capture Class C and winners of 20 games a season ago, play the rising Communication Media Arts Phoenix from the Public School League.  The Phoenix only lose four players from a season ago, while Wildcats return junior division one recruits Jason Williams, and Danny Pippen, to go along with sophomore Drequan Bell.

Schedule:

Taylor Prep vs. Detroit Public Safety Academy @ 2:00 PM

Detroit Northwestern vs. Southfield Bradford @ 4:00 PM

Detroit Consortium vs. Farmington @ 6:00 PM

Detroit Communication Media Arts vs. Allen Academy @ 8:00 PM

Finding Southfield Bradford:

The address is 24218 Garner St Southfield, MI 48033.  North of 9 Mile and just off Telegraph.

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