King’s girls and four boys’ teams making PSL presence felt in MHSAA basketball tourney

The Detroit Public School League went 4-for-4 Monday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball tournament as Pershing, King and Denby in Class A and Douglass in Class B each advanced into Wednesday’s regional finals.

At Cass Tech High School, Sherron Dorsey-Walker scored 26 points, Veyon Bentley added 23 and Martez Walker 15 to lead Pershing’s 94-51 rout of Redford Thurston, and Dennis Norfleet scored 15 points and Marquawn Armstrong 13 to pace King’s 72-50 trouncing of Warren De La Salle.

King (19-5) will play Pershing (21-2) Wednesday (March 14) at 5 p.m. in a rematch of the PSL championship game, won by King 76-69. The regional winner between Coach Pierre Brooks’ Crusaders and Coach A.W. Canada’s Doughboys will advance into next Tuesday’s (March 20) 5:30 p.m. state quarterfinal game at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall.

At Anchor Bay, Michael Hampton scored 16 points, Terrance Byrd 12 and Kyle Austin 11 to lead Denby (12-10) past Romeo 68-53. Coach Chuck Albright’s Tars will play Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (19-5) in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. regional title game, with the winner earning a spot in next Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. state quarterfinal game at University of Detroit Mercy.

At Livonia Clarenceville, Darrell Davis scored 21 points and Martez Asberry 15 to lead Douglass past Riverview 69-35. Coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes (15-9) will play Dearborn Heights Robichaud (19-4) in Wednesday’s Class B regional championship game at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the state quarterfinals at 6 p.m. next Tuesday (March 20) at Chelsea.

The PSL’s strong showing in the state tournament includes King High’s girls’ basketball team (22-3), which was set to play defending Class A champion Inkster (19-4) Tuesday (March 13) in the 5:30 p.m. state quarterfinal game at U-D Mercy.

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