Pershing and Southeastern remain on a collision course. If their paths converge with two more victories by both teams, it will mean a guaranteed Class A state basketball championship for the Detroit Public School League.
Two PSL teams haven’t squared off in the state finals since 1994, when Murray Wright defeated Pershing 80-73. Coach Wydell Henry’s Doughboys and Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers moved closer to making that happen as each advanced Wednesday night with hard-fought and suspense-filled regional championship victories.
“I’ve talked with Wydell about it and he agrees it would be a great day for the PSL if we both can get to the championship game,’’ Ward said. “The brackets don’t usually allow two PSL teams to play for the championship, so it’s good for our fans to have a chance to see that this year. Both teams are playing well.”
At Southfield High, Pershing’s unbeaten and top-ranked Doughboys won 62-60 at the buzzer against U-D Jesuit on Kahlil Felder’s 12-foot jumper in the lane. At Grosse Pointe North High, Southeastern beat Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 54-49 in overtime.
In the Class B regional final at Birmingham Detroit Country Day, Douglass (17-8) fell to the host Yellowjackets 73-51, trimming the PSL’s state-championship hopefuls to two.
Both Pershing and Southeastern return to the floor Tuesday night (March 19) at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall for the Class A quarterfinals. In the 5 p.m. game, Pershing (25-0) meets Romulus (24-1). The Doughboys dealt Romulus its only defeat early in the season. In the 7 p.m. game, Southeastern (19-5), ranked No. 5 in the state, faces Rochester (21-4).
The winners will advance to the state semifinals Friday (March 22) at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, where the finals will be played Saturday (March 23).