Pershing takes two-game losing slide into boys’ basketball district tournament

Pershing High, once ranked No. 1 in the state but now riding a two-game losing streak, will begin its bid for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A boys’ basketball state championship Wednesday in the district tournament at University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

NOTE GAME CHANGE: Pershing to host Detroit Public School League foe Mumford (TODAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 5 p.m.) at Pershing High School in Class A district boys’ basketball. The game was originally scheduled to be held at U-D Jesuit High School.

The winner between Coach A.W. Canada’s Doughboys (18-2) and Coach Ben Kelso’s Mustangs (13-4) will play the winner of today’s 7 p.m. game between host U-D Jesuit and Renaissance (15-4) in the district championship game Friday at 7 p.m.

Pershing is coming off a loss to Warren De La Salle in the Operation Friendship consolation game after losing the Detroit Public School League championship game to King High.
As the host team, King High (16-5) won its Class A district opener Monday and will play Western at  4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Southeastern against Cass Tech at 6 p.m. The winners advance to the finals Friday at 5 p.m.

In another Class A district at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High School, Denby is the lone PSL representative and will play Grosse Pointe South at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The finals are Friday at 7 p.m.

In a Class B district at Detroit Community, Douglass plays University Prep at 6 p.m. Wednesday followed by Southwestern against Detroit Community at 7:30 p.m. with the winners meeting Friday at 7 p.m.

In a Class B district at Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy, Crockett plays Kettering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with winner facing Chandler Park Academy in Friday’s 7 p.m. finals.

In district openers Monday, (Class A) Henry Ford lost to Southfield Lathrup 63-62, King defeated Central 61-28, Southeastern defeated Finney 66-34, Renaissance defeated Cody 70-48, (Class B) Crockett beat St. Clair Shores South Lake 87-50, Douglass beat Cesar Chavez Academy 72-58, Southwestern defeated Northwestern 77-37, CMA lost to Highland Park Community 69-59, Osborn lost to Chandler Park 48-47 and (Class C) City lost to Novi Franklin Road 53-44.

The MHSAA girls’ basketball tourney resumed today (Tuesday, March 6) with the regional semifinals. PSL attention forcused on Warren Cousino High School where league champion King (20-3) and runner-up Pershing (20-3) both faced stiff tests. Pershing was to meet Livonia Ladywood (14-9) at 5 p.m. followed by King against Warren Cousino (19-3) at 7 p.m., with the winners advancing to the regional finals Thursday at 7 p.m.

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