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DPS Office of Athletics
The Detroit Public School League bolstered its reputation as the state’s premier hotbed for high school basketball, dominating its third annual Holiday Hoops Classic against tough nonleague opposition.
King High delighted the fans in the finale of the 10-game, two-day event at Cass Tech High School. In front of a large and festive crowd, Coach Pierre Brooks’ Crusaders were up to the task in defeating highly-ranked Harper Woods Chandler Park 80-70.
Malik Albert’s 32 points led King (6-1), which also got strong games from Dennis Norfleet with 18 points and Will Abbot with 10. Chandler Park (3-1) was led by Derrick Walton Jr. with 26 points. Denoluis Burkes had 12 and Robert Andrews 11.
Pershing High, a perennial PSL basketball power among the state’s top-ranked, stayed unbeaten with a 83-41 rout of Grosse Pointe North (1-3).
Coach A.W. Canada’s Doughboys (5-0) were led by 6-5 junior forward Martez Walker, who put on a show with a 43-point explosion. Kahlil Felder added 17 points for King, while Jamal Williams scored 16 to lead the Norsemen.
In all, PSL teams won seven of the eight games played against outside opponents, three Monday and five Tuesday, with Renaissance’s upstart girls experiencing the only blip. Coach Diane Jones’ Lady Phoenix is in full rebuilding mode after consecutive trips to the state finals and fell Tuesday to Grosse Pointe South 75-42. CaitlIn Moore scored 24 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils, Claire Deboer added 18 points and Cierra Rice 15. Renaissance (4-4) was led by Jennifer Jones with 11 points.
In other games Tuesday: Kendahl Amerson scored 29 points and Victor Edge added 10 to lead Ford past Riverview 66-46 in a boys’ game. Coach Kenneth Flowers’ Trojans lifted their record to 4-1 while the Pirates fell to 3-2; Clark Bishop had 19 points, Jonathan Sutherland 15 and Oge Onwudiwe 10 to lead Renaissance’s boys to a 66-55 victory against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett. Coach Cameron Nichols’ Phoenix moved to 5-1. Connor Fannon, Stephen Benard and Eddie Thomas each scored 11 points for the Knights (1-1).