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Renaissance Hangs On Against St. Mary’s 43-41

7 Mar

IMG_0211-2Renaissance junior standout Justin Turner did not score a single point in his team’s game against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s for the Operation Friendship consolation contest.

Fortunately for Turner and Renaissance, the Phoenix are not solely driven by Turner.  Senior point guard Darryl Smith led Renaissance with a game-high 17 points, including five threes.  While junior division one football recruit Alaric Jackson held down the paint for 15 points and 12 rebounds.

With 1:58 left in the fourth, Smith connected on a three to place Renaissance up four.  The Phoenix would still lead by two with less than a minute remaining.  Under thirty seconds now to play, Smith missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Boswell pushed the ball, but his lay-up was off the mark.  Sophomore point guard C.J. Wilson sneaked in for the rebound, and St. Mary’s called a timeout holding the ball with 16.5 seconds.  The Eaglets elected to go for the win, and Wilson’s three fell off the side of the rim.  A tussle for the ball killed the clock.  Renaissance victory.

Jason Boswell led St. Mary’s with 15 points, while Jalon Bailey came off the bench for 14 points.

Renaissance will play and host Detroit Mumford in first round of district play.  The Mustangs handed Renaissance one of their seven losses in early January.

The loss evens OLSM’S regular-season record to 10-10.  Next up for the Eaglets will be 19-1 Walled Lake Western in the first round of Walled Lake Central’s district.

Western Holds On To Defeat Renaissance 65-64 For First PSL Title Since 1922

20 Feb

IMG_0135It happened.  For the first time since the inventions of the television, bubble gum, and microwave, the Detroit Western Cowboys are Detroit Public School League champs.  1922 to be exact.

Western, undefeated and ranked number one in the state, had averaged 67 points in contests prior to facing Detroit Renaissance in the city title game.  Fortunately for Coach McDowell’s Cowboys, the team was able adjust to a different tempo than usual.

“At halftime I told them if we’re going to win it, we’re going to win it with our defense.”

Whether it was exceptional defense or poor offensive performances, both teams struggled to find baskets in the opening half.  Renaissance shot a dismal 8-25 from the field, and Western wasn’t much better at 10-25.

“It’s been like that the last three or four games,” McDowell said after the game.  “We just haven’t shot the ball well.”

Renaissance methodically controlled the game in the first half, limiting turnovers, forcing Western to settle for contested perimeter jump shots, and challenging 6’8″ center Gerald Blackshear at the rim.

The Phoenix led 24-23 at half, despite All-City first team member Justin Turner shooting 1-8 from the floor.  Western decided to rotate through guards Brailen Neely, Kyree Boyton, Josh McFolley, and Kareem Murray to wear down Turner.

Renaissance continued to lead by one entering the fourth.  Western needed a play to shift momentum.  Junior guard Armani Tinsley is as quality a sixth man as there is in the state.  Tinsley scored four straight points in less than a minute to begin the fourth, giving the Cowboys 40-37, a lead the Phoenix would not reclaim the remainder of the fourth.  Tinsley finished with 8 points and five rebounds.

“It’s very deep, our bench is very deep,” said senior point guard Josh McFolley.  “So when one goes down, another comes up, so they come up big.”

Western’s largest lead of the fourth was four points.  The fun didn’t start until 1:17 left on the clock, down three, Justin Turner was called for an offensive foul.  Western started to run down the clock, the Phoenix decided to foul McFolley, not their first choice, with 47 seconds remaining.  McFolley missed, Renaissance quickly out-leted the ball to Turner, he drove and scored, Phoenix down one.  With 18.5 seconds left, junior forward Alaric Jackson stumbled upon a Western blunder, Renaissance ball down one.    Western elected to foul twice, the Cowboys were under the limit with four, just enough.  Not a soul in the gym thought Turner would not get the ball.  Turner did, he missed a contested mid-range jumper, Western ball up one, five seconds left.

“It actually looked good, I was scared, I was nervous,” said Brailen Neely, who finished with a team high 14 points.  “It was in the air, a whole bunch of thoughts went through my mind.”

Gerald Blackshear rebounded it, send him to the line.  Blackshear missed.  Phoenix ball down one 1.8 left.  Freshman Jalen Tobias took the inbound, pivoted, and found senior point guard Daryl Smith.  Smith launched it from 40 feet, the ball struck iron, and fell like a feather to the ground.  Game over.

The Cowboys can take a deep breath, their undefeated record remains intact.

“Of course there’s pressure,” Blackshear referred to following the game surrounding his team.  “Because we’re number one, we lose everybody’s like aww man, but they win it’s like oh my God they won.”

McDowell adds his fourth PSL title to his résumé, his first at Western, the previous three came while the head man for Detroit Redford, now closed.

“It’s an extreme honor to win under McDowell because he expects so much out you,” Neely added.  “When you win you feel you met his expectations.”

The win is special for the aforementioned McFolley and Blackshear.  Both have played together throughout high school, previously at Mt. Clemens, and now Western.  The two are so connected, both decided to commit together and attend U of D Mercy for college.  The same court the championship game was played on.

“We were excited about it,” Gerald said about the opportunity to play on the court where he will continue his career on.  “Ever since we got to the championship, we just kept talking about it.”

McFolley is known for offense, his three point shot is his specialty.  However, he only made one shot the entire night, a three, and two free-throws.  While Gerald is the opposite.  Blackshear contributed seven points, but hauled in 12 rebounds, and deflected two shots.  Just his role on the team.

“Defense wins championship, this a championship, defense won.”

Arthur Hill Defeats Renaissance 82-63

18 Jan

The Renaissance Phoenix came into Saturday’s game against the Saginaw Arthur Hill Lumberjacks on a two game losing streak, and it extended to four after a 82-63 loss to the Lumberjacks.

Renaissance came out strong, but they were out matched by the depth and athleticism of Arthur Hill.  Arthur Hill led 17-12 at the end of the 1st quarter. Junior guard Justin Turner kept the Phoenix in with an eight point quarter.  Sophomore Brian Bowen led the Lumberjacks with six points.

Senior Eric Davis (Texas) got off to a slow start in the 1st quarter, but picked it up in the second quarter to finish the half with 14 points.  Davis ended the second quarter with a three from the corner as time expired, and Arthur Hill led 40-25.

The third quarter was more of the same, complete dominance by the Lumberjacks on both ends of the floor. Arthur Hill came out in a press that Renaissance could not handle, and it led to several easy baskets for Arthur Hill.  On the offensive end the Lumberjacks were led by Eric Davis and junior Billy Burton.   Justin Turner had 18 points after three quarters, and fellow junior Alaric Jackson was providing a physical presence in the paint but it was not enough.

Arthur Hill went on to win the game 82-63. Eric Davis led his team in scoring with 25 points, he also added 8 assists. Billy Burton finished with 21 points, and Brian Bowen finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.  Justin Turner finished the game with 30 points to lead all scorers.

Arthur Hill improves to 6-2, while Renaissance (4-4) will face the Bulldogs of East English Village next.

Contributed by Christian Crittenden (@chris_critt)

Renaissance 2016 Center Mike Jacobs Player Profile

9 Jul

IMG_20140531_194510• Height, Weight, and position?
6’6″, 290, and C/PF

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Renaissance High School, Team Unity, and 2016

• Players you try to model your game after?

Carmelo Anthony And Boris Diaw

• Important Stats

Avg. 11 pts and 7 rebs as a Freshman

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

Freshman Year Vs UPSM (25 pts and 12 Rebs)

⁃ How did this past high school season go for you and your team?

We did Pretty Well Upset Alot of Teams

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Michigan State, Syracuse, And UCLA

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Albion And Vanderbilt

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

My Passing and Shooting Ability

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Strengths: Jump Shot and Post Play. Improving: Jumping Ability And Stamina

• Goals for the upcoming AAU season?

Getting Better As A Player And Leader

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?

Being the one who is a leader on the floor

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

Good Amount of Effort

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Academics And Competitiveness

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My Dad Because He has a lot of wisdom about the game

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

The One that left it all on the floor

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Getting Paid Through Basketball

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I play football and I also play the Tuba In the Marching Band

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Starting Varsity As A Freshman, Two Year Varsity Player

• Academic Information

2.9 GPA

• Contact Information

Email: mikejacobs144@gmail.com

Half-way Review

25 Sep

The season has gone by really fast for some reason this year, it seems that just last week, we were talking about Cass Tech’s showdown against Brother Rice.  Nether the less, DPS playoffs will start in 2 weeks and I will give a team-by-team review and will discuss my predictions for the second half of the season.  Lets start with the West League

Cass Tech-  The Technicians have lived up to the pre-season hype the surrounded them for the entire off-season.  I have been impressed how the players and coaching staff have managed new uniforms, national rankings, and a tough non-conference schedule.  Cass got off the a hot start this year beating Rice 25-18, followed by two easy wins before struggling in the first half against Cody.  However, they stubbed their toe against Orchard Lake St. Marys this past friday and showed some weakness against the run.  With that being said I have been impressed with the depth of this team.  I was worried that having so many division one recruits would cause turmoil in the locker room.  I couldn’t have been more wrong, transfers such as Joe Journey, Damon Webb and Dejuan Rogers have filled in nicely with all ready known players such as Jourdan Lewis and David Dawson.  Cass has two winnable games coming up before the city playoffs so I expect them to be 6-1 and they will definitely be the team to beat in the playoffs.

Cody- Coming into the season, I wondered who would be the team behind Cass in the PSL west division.  Cody has surprised me this year.  The Comets started off with a rough 35-0 loss to Detroit Catholic Central but rebounded nicely pulling of two convincing wins against Ford and Mumford respectively before running into Cass Tech.  Cody hung in early, but Cass had just too much depth and over powered the Comets in the second half.  Recently, Cody won a huge road game 12-6 over Renaissance.  This win has certainly put them in position to make the city playoffs this year.  Personnel wise, the Comets are led by dual threat Quarterback DeMarco Gulley, who as passed for almost 700 yards this season and has also eclipsed 400 yards rushing on the campaign.  Gulley has loads of offensive talent to distribute the ball to, such as the multi-versatile Eddie Flucker and the always dangerous Kenyon Bell.  Running back Eli-Kevin Phillips has also emerged as a go to player on the Cody offense.  Cody plays Western this week with a chance to clinch a city playoff berth.

Ford- Ford had high expectations coming into the season, reaching last years Division 2 City Championship Game but only lost to Douglass.  Ford has had to change the offense this year losing last years dual threat Quarterback Victor Edge.  However, Ford has also returned last years playmakers Alonzo Bell and Jalin Moore both having the ability to play offense and defense.  Ford started off the campaign with a disappointing loss to Pershing 12-0, and the following week lost 54-0 over Cody.  The Trojans  have won 2 out of the last three to possess a 2-3 record this season.  Ford now has to win their 4 remaining games this season if they wish to qualify for the state playoff for the 2nd straight year.

Renaissance- The Phoenix knew that coming into this season they would be a young team only carrying 9 seniors on the roster.  Renaissance was looking to improve upon a previous season in which they made the city playoff and this year the Phoenix got off to a sluggish start opening the season with a tough loss to the always State Championship Contenders the Hawks of Farmington Hills Harrison.  But rebounded nicely routing Western International 41-6.  The following week, Renaissance was featured in the DPS Game of the Week, but this game did not look like a game that was supposed to be competitive, getting blanked 44-0 to Cass.  The Phoenix won the following week setting up a monumental game in the PSL West division last weekend.  The Comets of Cody were victorious 12-6 in which they seemed to have clinched a city playoff berth.    Renaissance will now have to win if they hope to make their State Playoff dreams a reality.

Western- Western made a huge move in the off-season.  Bringing in the well-known head coach Andre Harlan over from rival Southwestern to coach the team this year.  Following Harlan across I-75 were a group of very talented players, especially a sophomore named Romello Ross who rushed for over 1,000 yards his freshmen season at Southwestern.  The Cowboys opened their new era at Garden City High School to play the Cougars.  This game was a very close game in the first-half, both defenses were looked strong.  But in the end Garden City was just too much to handle for the Cowboys.  Western was than held to less than 10 points in two losses to U of D Jesuit and Renaissance respectively.  However, the following weekend, Coach Harlan won his first game as a Cowboy Coach bettering Mumford 26-10.  Romello Ross led the way rushing for 133 yards on 13 carries for the host Cowboys.  This previous weekend, Western won a nail-biter in a game that came down to a two point conversion in which the Cowboys prevailed 20-18.  The Cowboys are now faced with the daunting task over winning their 4 remaining games, including a game vs. Cody, if they wish to make the State Playoffs under their first year coach.

Mumford- Coach Donshell English is no stranger to success in the PSL.  English was the coach at Southeastern who with stand-out defensiv end William Gholston, who regularly made deep playoff runs.  Coach English has had limited success this year with his Mustangs carrying a win-less record.  Mumford has been held scoreless three times this year, most notably a 48-0 lost to Cody.  English will ultimately get this program turned around.  This is a relatively young team with some good talent.  Look for Mumford to be a legitimate contender in the PSL with the next couple of years.

Northwestern- First year coach Jimmy Hill knew that he must improve upon his offense coming into this season to be competitive this season in the PSL West this year.  The previous season the Colts’ offense amassed less than 80 points.  Hill has certainly improved that number this season as his Colts have scored more than 100 points this season, most notably a 62-0 beat down over Ford Academy for Creative Studies.  The Colt must improve upon their defense not only for this year but for years to come.  In the first two weeks alone, the Colts surrendered 87 points to Central and Cass.  I know that Cass is stacked but they still put their back-ups in, a first team should be somewhat competitive with a second team.  Northwestern certainly has the talent to contend in the PSL in years to follow.  They play Mumford this week to try win two games this year.  Which would equal the previous season with two wins.

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