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Ford and Western Represent PSL In East Lansing

28 Mar

2d725adFor the first time in a league with as much decorated tradition as the Detroit Public School League holds, 2015 might be the most historic.  Two teams will represent the league in East Lansing for state championships, Western in Class A, and Henry Ford in Class B.

Western, the state’s number one ranked team, won the city championship this season, and have met few teams that can match the Cowboys’ combination of depth, height, and skill.

Ford on the other hand certainly has had to claw and fight their way to Michigan State’s campus.  The Trojans went just 5-4 in league, which included a 72-55 setback to Western January 27th.  In the playoffs, however, Ford has played with greater poise and confidence.  After narrow wins against both CMA and Community in the district tournament, Ford outlasted defending Class C champion Consortium, and Class B first ranked New Haven in consecutive games to secure a spot in East Lansing.

bildeThe opportunity present for the schools is also significant because of the coaches that roam the sidelines, Western’s Derrick McDowell, and Ford’s Ken Flowers.  Flowers, a ’96 graduate of Detroit Redford, was prepped by McDowell in a Husky uniform.  And when McDowell departed Redford following the 2005 campaign, Flowers assumed the role of head coach until 2007 when the school closed.  Both Flowers and McDowell guided the Huskies to two separate Class A final four appearances, ’04 and ’07.

Flowers admits the transition was difficult from Redford to Ford, considering the two were bitter west side rivals for years in the city.  Still Flowers has been able to break lines which use to divide both schools and communities, but believes basketball extends far beyond the lines.

“It’s a blessing,” said Flowers.  “It’s big for me coming from Redford to Henry Ford.  That community is huge over there.  I’ve been getting e-mails and calls the last two weeks from Henry Ford alumni all the way back to ’71.  It’s amazing how basketball can bring a community together like this.”

Ford plays Godwin Heights Saturday, and Western takes on Arthur Hill.

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.”

Hype Scrimmage Day One Recap

1 Dec

Talent was abundant at Michigan’s largest pre-season scrimmage event.  Here’s a look at the standouts on day one of action.

Allen Academy

Danny Pippen (6’7″ forward)- Pippen had a strong battle against fellow 2016 sought after recruit Austin Davis and Onsted.  Danny was extremely active on the offensive boards, retrieving rebounds even from his own missed shots, and finished around the rim with a soft touch.  He also looked more confident with his three-point jump shot and not hesitant to pull the trigger, and more vocal on the floor for his team.  Pippen has also bulked up more since the AAU circuit to go along with his size twenty shoe, and combined with his inside-outside skill set, should make a nice mismatch problems for defenses.

Jason Williams (6’0″ combo guard) and Drequan Bell (6’2″ combo guard)- The Wildcats also have the backcourt duo of Williams and Bell to go along with stud forward Danny Pippen.  Both got after it on defense with their quick hands and played the passing well picking off lazy passes which resulted in easy fast-break opportunities where the Wildcats thrive.  Bell can shoot the ball from the perimeter, but did most of his damage in the lane and attacking the basket.  He’s also showed he can create for his teammates when defenders leave their assignment.  Both Williams and Bell will share the point guard duties for Allen this season.

Onsted

Austin Davis (6’8″ power forward)- Just by looking at Davis, you can tell he’s a division one player.  A mobile big bodied frame are just a few reasons why he already holds scholarship offers from division one schools.  A back to the basket type player, Austin possesses soft hands and can finish around the basket with either hand.  He’s a type of forward an opponent is always going to have to boxout on either end of the floor.  A true blue-collar no nonsense type of player.

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

Kyle Hayes (6’7″ power forward)- Kyle already holds a division one scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan.  He has the potential to become a promising wing/forward prospect with length, and athleticism.  He can rebound the ball in his area well, pass the ball, defend the rim, run the floor, and took defenders off the bounce from the wing and was rewarded with several trips to the free-throw line, playing with an added edge to his game.

Detroit Osborn

Christian Littlejohn (6’7″ power forward)- The Knights have three players on their roster with heights over 6’7.”  Littlejohn was the leader of the bunch.  As he crashed the boards hard, finished around the basket, displayed quick feet, defended the post, and blocked shots.  Osborn will be an interesting team to track in 2015.

Other standouts on the day:

Josh Davis (6’5″ wing Detroit Henry Ford)

Esa Abduljami (6’3″ guard Dearborn Heights Crestwood)

D.J. Mayo (6’3″ guard Dearborn Heights Robichaud)

Brock Washington (6’2″ guard Southfield Christian)

Marlo Brown (6’3″ guard Southfield Christian)

 

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