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