Pershing High is the Detroit Public School League’s lone representative in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state quarterfinals after winning a physically-rough game against King 75-70 to capture the Class A regional championship Wednesday at Cass Technical High School.
In avenging a 76-69 loss to the Crusaders in the PSL championship game, Coach A.W. Canada’s Doughboys jumped out to a 41-25 lead early in the third quarter and held on to advance into next Tuesday’s (March 20) 5:30 p.m. Class A quarterfinal game at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.
Pershing (22-2) will play Romulus (21-3), with the winner advancing to the state semifinals Friday (March 23) at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center in East Lansing.
A jam-packed crowd saw Sherron Dorsey-Walker score 21 points, Kahlil Felder add 19 and Martez Walker 18 to lead Pershing’s regional championship victory. King, which finished the season 19-6, was led by Dennis Norfleet’s game-high 28 points.
The PSL began Wednesday with four teams vying for regional titles, but Denby in Class A and Douglass in Class B joined King on the sidelines.
At Anchor Bay, Denby (12-11) lost to Macomb L’anse Creuse North 43-41 and, at Livonia Clarenceville, Douglass (15-10) lost 51-45 against Dearborn Heights Robichaud.