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Western Tops East English In PSL Showdown 78-71

24 Jan

Basketball is a game of runs, such was the case when the Western Cowboys and EEVPA Bulldogs squared off on Friday afternoon. Both teams came into the game playing high-level basketball, and each would get significantly better before the game tipped off.

Every year transfer students shake up the basketball landscape. This game featured three of them who all made a huge impact in the game.

For Western, Josh McFolley and Gerald Blackshear both made their season debuts. McFolley struggled in the early going starting the game 0-6 from the field, but his teammates picked it up as Western led 16-15 after one.

The second quarter involved fast paced basketball, and several lead changes. However, EEVPA was able to pull away towards the end of the quarter behind multiple three pointers from guards Kamari Newman and Greg Elliot. The Bulldogs went into the half with a 38-30 lead.

Kamari Newman came out of the locker room with a scoring mindset, as he hit a triple and extended EEVPA’s lead to 13. Despite being down 13 points, Western stuck with it and kept fighting.

“Coach told us we have to slow the game down and take it one possession at a time,” senior Aaron Austin said.

That is exactly what the Cowboys did, chipping away at the Bulldog lead. Their run was sparked behind spectacular three point shooting from Josh McFolley. McFolley made three triples, all of which were from about NBA range.

EEVPA kept battling with Western matching them point for point.  Until the end of the third quarter when the Cowboys were able to grab the 52-21 lead.

Both teams matched each other until Greg Elliot hit a triple from the corner to give EEVPA the 58-57 lead with about six minutes remaining in the game, Western called a timeout. After the time out, Western took the lead and never looked back.  EEVPA would keep it close, but excellent free throw shooting down the stretch from the Cowboys iced the game, and gave them the 78-71 victory.

Josh McFolley scored 21 points. Fellow seniors Gerald Blackshear, and Aaron Austin added superb performances. Blackshear had 14 points and 14 rebounds in his debut, and Austin added 16 points, and stellar defense on Kamari Newman.

“From the time that we walked into the gym, all that was on my mind was guarding Kamari,” Austin added.

For EEVPA, Kamari Newman had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Greg Elliot and Jaylin McFadden added 14 points each.

Both of these teams are expected to make deep runs in the state tournament this March, and each has the firepower to win a state championship.

Contributed by Christian Crittenden (@chris_critt)

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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