PSL impacting state basketball tourneys with five teams remaining

King's Dennis Norfleet pumps in two of his game-high 30 points against Cass Tech

The Detroit Public School League is making its mark in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball tournament, with King, Pershing, Denby and Douglass each advancing into today’s (March 12) regional semifinals after capturing district championships Friday.

In Class A, Pershing (20-2) will play Redford Thurston (14-8) at 5 p.m. and King (18-5) will play Warren De La Salle (19-3) at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinals at Cass Technical High School. Also in Class A, Denby (8-9) will play Romeo (16-6) at 5 p.m. in the regional semifinals at Anchor Bay, while Douglass (14-9) will play Riverview (10-13) at 6 p.m. in the Class B regional semifinals at Livonia Clarenceville.

In addition to the boys’ big four, King is the PSL’s lone remaining representative in the girls’ tournament. Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders (22-3) are set to face Inkster (19-4) in the Class A state quarterfinals Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.

In boys’ district championship games Friday, host King defeated Cass Tech 59-49, Pershing beat host U-D Jesuit 86-77, Denby beat Grosse Pointe North 53-44 at St.Clair Shores Lake Shore, Crockett lost 68-63 to Class B district host Harper Woods Chandler Park, and Douglass advanced past Class B district host Detroit Community by forfeit.

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