Southeastern to represent PSL in Class A boys’ basketball state semifinals; No. 1-ranked Pershing loses to Romulus

For the second time in three seasons, Southeastern High has earned a berth in the Class A boys’ basketball state semifinals.

CLASSAQUARTERFINALSPERSHINGROMULUSSEROCHESTER 602Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers (20-5) defeated Rochester 54-49 to emerge as the Detroit Public School League’s last team standing after Tuesday night’s quarterfinal doubleheader at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.

A crowd of more than 7,000 saw previously-unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Pershing lose 93-91 to Romulus in the first game, marking the second year in a row Pershing (25-1) has been sidelined by Romulus (25-1) in the quarterfinals.

The exit by Coach Wydell Henry’s Doughboys ended the possibility of an all-PSL state finals, which would have been the first since Murray Wright defeated Pershing in 1994.

Southeastern plays defending state champion Saginaw (23-3) in the Class A semifinals at 2:50 p.m. Friday at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center in East Lansing. Saginaw clipped the Jungaleers 68-67 in an earlier meeting this season. In the other semifinal, Romulus plays Grand Rapids Christian (20-6) at 1 p.m. The winners play Saturday in the 12 noon Class A state championship game.

Southeastern made it all the way to the state finals in 2011 before losing to Kalamazoo Central.

This entry was posted in Boys, News and Press Releases, Sports.