PSL teams hold court on opening day of Holiday Hoops Classic III at Cass Tech

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

After five exciting games Monday, high school basketball fans can expect more of the same Tuesday in the five-game conclusion to the third annual Detroit Public School League Holiday Hoops Classic at Cass Technical High School.

An electric, action-filled atmosphere was well worth the $10 price of admission as PSL teams held court in three boys’ games against nonleague opposition, while two all-PSL girls’ games provided some of Monday’s hottest competition.

The highlight was a premier girls’ matchup between PSL perennial power Pershing and previously-unbeaten Cass Tech.

The teams’ star players lived up to their billing as Caprice Dennis, ranked the No. 1 player in the state, pumped in 27 points including six three-pointers to lead Coach Shawn Hill’s Doughgirls (7-0) to a 62-42 victory. Monique Howard added 16 points for Pershing, while Cass Tech’s prep All-American Branndais Agee led Coach Omar Ahart’s Lady Technicians (7-1) with 19 points.

The full day of hoops began with a closely-contested girls’ game featuring the Bankston twins from Mumford and the Vassar twins from Southeastern. Mumford held on to win 56-51.

Brionna Grimes led Coach Kareem Hogan’s Lady Mustangs with a game-high 23 points, while Raven Bankston added 20 and Raine Bankston 12. Jazmine Kimbrough scored 17 points to lead Southeastern, Therese Vassar and Teonna Pope scored 11 apiece and Cherese Vassar chipped in 10. The victory lifted Mumford’s record to 7-2, while Coach Lisa Blackburn’s Lady Jungaleers fell to 6-2.

In boys’ action, Willie Harvey scored 15 to lead Denby past winless Utica Ford (0-5) 56-35.  Keith Sykes added nine points for Coach Chuck Albright’s Tars (2-4). Les Olson led Utica Ford with 12 points and Shayne Willett had 11.

DeLandon Laye scored a game-high 29 points to ignite Mumford’s 61-53 victory against Southfield. Nick Murphy added 13 points for Coach Ben Kelso’s Mustangs (5-1), while Brandon Bean scored 11 for the Bluejays (1-5).

Southeastern, paced by Darryl Bigham’s 13 points, closed the show with a down-to-the-wire 53-51 victory against Detroit Community.  Kweisi Williams added 11 points for Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers (4-2), while DeAndre Martin and Romel Robinson had 17 and 11 points, respectively, for Community (4-2).

Tuesday’s five-game finale tips-off at 11 a.m. with a girls’ game featuring defending PSL champion Renaissance against Grosse Pointe South, followed by four boys’ games: Henry Ford vs. Riverview at 1 p.m., Renaissance vs. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett at 3 p.m., Pershing vs. Grosse Pointe North at 5 p.m., and M.L. King vs. Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy at 7 p.m.

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