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Cass Tech and Southeastern in Class A and Douglass in Class B are the Detroit Public School League’s last remaining contenders in the 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state tournament.
All three PSL representatives will be in regional semifinal games today (Monday, March 10) after capturing district championships Friday.
In the Class A regional at Cass Tech, Coach David Dixon’s host Technicians play Redford Thurston at 7 p.m., following the 5 p.m. contest between Southeastern and University of Detroit Jesuit. The winners play for the regional title Wednesday at 6 p.m.
In the Class B regional at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Douglass plays Detroit University Prep today at 7 p.m. following the 5:30 p.m. game between Birmingham Detroit Country Day and Harper Woods Chandler Park. The winners play for the regional championship Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In district finals Friday, Cass Tech held on to beat reigning PSL champion Pershing 78-73 at Western International; Southeastern defeated East English Village 59-49 at Grosse Pointe North; Mumford lost to U-D Jesuit 73-53 in Class A at Farmington; Douglass advanced past Ferndale 43-41 in Class B at Central; CMA was nipped by Detroit Community 52-51 in Class B at Livonia Clarenceville; and Ford bowed to Birmingham Detroit Country Day in Class B at Clawson.
Douglass’ district championship is the fifth in a row for coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes. It’s the longest such current streak by a PSL team.
Southeastern finished as the Class A state runners-up last spring, reaching the finals for the second time in three seasons. After losing to Pershing in this year’s PSL championship game, Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers were anticipating a possible shot at revenge in the state tourney. However, Cass Tech’s victory against Coach Wydell Henry’s top-ranked Doughboys has shaken up the scenario.
With victories today, Cass Tech and Southeastern would be set to play Wednesday for the third time this season. Southeastern beat the Technicians in the regular season and on a buzzer-beating tip-in in the PSL semifinals. Both of those games were at Cass Tech, as is Wednesday’s regional finals.
It’s a tall order to win on any team’s home floor three times in a season. Cass Tech appears to be playing its best ball of the season, while Southeastern has recent tournament experience on its side.
The PSL’s top girls’ team exited the state tourney last Thursday when three-time defending league champion King lost to Farmington Hills Mercy 58-46 in the Class A regional finals at Farmington.