King vs. Pershing today at 5 p.m. in Class A boys’ basketball regional finals; Denby, Douglass also state title contenders

King High’s bid for the Class A state girls’ basketball championship was stopped short Tuesday with a 59-40 loss to Inkster in the quarterfinals at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.

Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders defeated the Vikings 65-55 in December, but in the win-or-go-home rematch were able to hit just 13 of 48 field goal attempts, while Inkster dominated the boards and made 23 of 42 field goal attempts to run away with the victory.

The loss ended King’s season with a 22-4 record, and thwarted the school’s hopes of possibly winning girls’ and boys’ state basketball titles in the same year. The Crusaders are one of four Detroit Public School League boys’ teams still alive in the state tourney.

At Cass Tech High, King (19-5) will play Pershing (21-2) today (March 14) at 5 p.m. in a rematch of the PSL championship game, won by King 76-69. The Class A 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 U-D Mercy’s Calihan Hall.

At Anchor Bay, Denby (12-10) will play Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (19-5) in today’s (March 14) 7 p.m. Class A 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, Douglass (15-9) will play Dearborn Heights Robichaud (19-4) in today’s (March 14) 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.

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