The Detroit Public School League girls’ and boys’ Big D basketball tournaments resume Thursday and Friday with quarterfinal games as the countdown to the Feb. 15 finals at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall draws closer.
The girls take the court Thursday (Feb. 7) with a pair of games at two sites: At Western High, defending PSL champion and No. 1 state-ranked King plays Mumford at 4 p.m., followed by Renaissance against Osborn at 5:30 p.m.
At East English Village Prep Academy, Cass faces Northwestern at 4 p.m., followed by Pershing against Cody at 5:30 p.m.
The focus switches to the boys on Friday at two sites. At Renaissance High, defending league champion King plays Douglass at 4 p.m., and No. 1 state-ranked Pershing puts its unbeaten record on the line against Central at 5:30 p.m.
At East English Village Prep, Southeastern plays Cody at 4 p.m. followed by Cass against Renaissance at 5:30 p.m.
In first-round boys’ action Tuesday, King, the No. 7 seed in the East, kept its repeat championship bid alive by beating West No. 2 seed Western International 42-39. The only other “upset” was turned in by Renaissance. The Phoenix, seeded fifth in the West, defeated East No. 4 seed East English Village 73-66.
In girls’ first-round games Monday, King cruised past CMA 76-10; Mumford beat Central 52-11; Osborn beat Ford 62-41; Renaissance beat East English Village 65-28; Cass Tech routed Southeastern 61-10; Northwestern got past Denby 52-47; Cody romped over DIA 60-16; and Pershing trounced Western 60-13.
Thursday’s girls’ winners will advance to the semifinals set for next Monday (Feb. 11) at Western High School. The boys’ winners Friday move on to the semifinals next Tuesday (Feb. 12) at Cass Tech High. Both league championship games are slated for Friday, Feb. 15 at UD-Mercy Calihan Hall.
The updated brackets: