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Pershing Tops Southeastern To Claim City Championship

22 Feb


One of the hardest tasks in sports is to defend a championship, especially when the opponent is your bitter division rival who beat you earlier in the year.  However, Pershing was able to outlast Southeastern in overtime to claim their second straight DPS City Championship by the score 57-56.

As soon as the game started, it looked as if it would be Southeastern winning their second city title within the last four years, jumping out to a 21-9 after the first quarter, and then eventually 29-19 at the halftime.

“He (Coach Henry) kept telling us that we were alright,” senior point guard Darsean Woodson said the message was at halftime. “we just had to be poise and dial in.”

In the second half, Pershing started to get their offense going.  Buffalo Bulls commit Mory Diane highlighted the comeback scoring 13 of his game high 15 points in the second half, including the game tying floater in the lane for Pershing with 33.2 seconds left that capped off a 15-2 run for the Doughboys to send the game in to overtime.

Pershing never trailed in the overtime, even with seniors Justin Tillman and Diane fouling out within the first two minutes of the period.  Pershing eventually led by one point with 6.2 second left, after two missed free-throws by Kam Barden, Southeastern did not get the ball passed half court, giving Pershing the hardware.

Mory Diane led all scorers with 15 points, Kam Barden chipped in with 13 points, and Darsean Woodson had 10 points for Pershing.  Southeastern was led by Leonard Harper-Baker with 15 points, and D’Cari Charleston scored 12 points for the Jungaleers.

Both teams now move onto the state tournament which begins in about a week.  For Pershing, who always have state titles on their mind, a game like this can serve as a teaching point for how to start a game.

“That gives us a lot of momentum,” Woodson had to say, “knowing that we have to turn it up more & earlier in the game.”


Southeastern Remains Undefeated in PSL. Top Cass Tech 57-51.

30 Jan

The last time the Jungaleers of Detroit Southeastern traveled to Cass Tech to take on the Technicians was in last year’s city semi-final, where SE had their hearts broken on a controversial last-second tip-in by future Youngstown State commit Kyle Steward.  Eager to exercise the demons of that loss, Southeastern took the rematch on Wednesday by a 57-51 decision.  The Jungaleers came out and set the tempo early, leading 16-8 after one.  In the second quarter, emotions started to run high on both squads as one technical foul a piece was granted, Cass eventually led 29-27 at the half.  Moving to the fourth quarter, the last CT lead would come with 6:00 left in the fourth after senior Kenny Carpenter nailed a three to put the Technicians up 47-45.  However, it would be the last lead Cass would have for the rest of the game, as the senior trio of Leonard Harper-Baker, Darryl Bingham, and D’Cari Charleston stepped up their play in the final minutes of the game to score just enough to outlast CT.  Cass would eventually have the ball left down three with 11.8 seconds to go, but Kenny Carpenter turned the ball over, giving the ball back to SE to put the game away at the charity stripe.

Darryl Bingham paced Southeastern with a game high 19 points, and ten rebounds.  Fellow senior D’Cari Charleston stepped with 16 big point for the Junagleers and wing Leonard Harper-Baker chipped in with 13 points, including two threes.  CT was led by Kenny Carpenter with 17 points, and both Sharif Black and Mike Laster chipped in with 9 points.

With the win, Southeastern improves to 6-0 in the PSL’s East Division, with a huge game looming at Pershing on January 31st.  Cass Tech now falls to 4-2 in the West Division, one game behind leader Renaissance at 5-1.  And interestingly enough, the two teams play for superiority in the West on the 31st as well.

Player Profile: Southeastern’s Leonard Harper-Baker

8 Sep

lbj•Height, weight, and position?

6’5, 200lbs, SG/SF

•High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Detroit Southeastern High School, Michigan Hurricanes, 2014

•Players you try to model your game after?

Carmelo Anthony/ Dwayne Wade

•Important Stats

15pts, 7 rebs, 2blks, 4ast

•Most memorable game in your career so far?

The Cass Tech Vs Southeastern in the city semi finals.

•Colleges that you would like to attend?

Syracuse or Oklahoma

•Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Ball State, Miami (OH), UofD, Little of  EMU

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

My ability to block shots and to defend the post as an undersized opponent. Offensively my ability to score in space and slashing to the basket.

•Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Vertical, quicker Feet , also shooting and free throws

•How did the offseason go?

The offseason was very good.  I feel I improved in areas.

•Goals for the upcoming season?

Become a better teammate and to not LOSE.

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

The leader, the role model and also the go to guy.

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

A hard worker and a great competitor. Also goes hard only if its 2 mins.

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

Which place best suits me far as education wise and playing wise.

•Most influential person in your life? Why?

Two people my mother and grandfather. My mother because she’s always believed in my no matter the sport and my grandfather because he’s the one who taught me the game and how to be a man.

•Legacy you want to leave at your school?

One of the best to walk through those doors, On and off the court.

•Fun/ interesting fact about you?

Funny person to be around can make anybody laugh.

•Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

2 Finals 4 appearances

Started On Varsity as a Sophomore

Played against some of the best.

State Championship Finalist.

District Champion.

Regional Champion.

• Academic Information

2.7 GPA

15 Act

•Contact Information



Detroit PSL Semi-Finals Recap

13 Feb

Cass Tech 61 vs. Southeastern 60: There was no better ending to a basketball game than what happened at Cass Tech on Tuesday the 12th of February.  Trailing by double digits with a little over six minutes left in the game, most in the arena were ready to head to the parking lot.  But not SE.  Javon Haines single-handedly brought the Jungaleers back into the game, hitting a huge three at the mid-way point to cut the score to only 57-54.  Now here is how the ending went.  Cass Tech made a huge turnover with 26 seconds left in the game to give Southeastern the ball back.  SE missed the first shot on their possession, but junior Darryl Bigham was their for the put back with under 11 seconds to play.  With no timeouts remaining, Cass senior point guard D’Andre Johnson drove into the paint but was no good.  A following put back attempt by fellow senior Kyle Steward was good however, giving CT the win and sending them to Calihan Hall on Friday night.

Pershing 50 vs. Douglass 40: Similar to the earlier SE Cass game, a team attempted to make a comeback but was not to be.  Both teams struggled throughout the entire game to get into any offensive rhythm.  However, in the fourth is where things changed.  The score was 34-24 Pershing after three, but Douglass was able to make it 42-37 with 1:30 left in the contest.  But Douglass turned the ball over too much in that time span giving Pershing the hard-fought victory.


Game 1: Javon Haines might not be the tallest player on the court, but plays with huge amounts of passion.  The senior guard contributed 24 of his teams 60 points.  That is over a 1/3 of their total points!  He has the skills individually to create offense for himself at any time.  An absolute monster on the floor.  I have seen SE play many times this year, and sometimes he is the only one scoring.  I would say that he is a nice D2 prospect.  Daryl Bigham of the Jugaleers I could tell has made great strides throughout the entire season.  Against Cass he proved that he is a reliable forward who a team can dump the ball to in order to get points.  For Cass, D’Andre Johnson started of slow, but in the end finished with 19 hard earned points.

Game 2: The lone bright spot in this game for Fred D was the defensive performance was of junior Andre Frederick.  At times it looked like Pershing star junior Justin Tillman wanted no part of Andre.  Frederick has quick feet that makes him even a threat on the perimeter to block shots.  Has an improving offensive game, but defense wins championships.

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