Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Cass Tech’s journey in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball tournament ended with a controversial 52-51 loss to the University of Detroit Jesuit on the Technicians’ home floor Thursday night in the Class A regional championship game.
U-D Jesuit drew a foul and sank two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to lift the Cubs to their first regional championship. However, Cass Tech coach David Dixon was adamant that his team didn’t get a fair shake by the officials.
“First they call a (bad) foul with 0.5 seconds left. Then they (U-D) come out of a timeout with 6 people on the court for the last free throw and last play of the game and no (technical foul was called),’’ Dixon texted, attaching a photo that clearly shows U-D Jesuit with six players on the court for the last made free throw. “We always get cheated.”
The Technicians suffered a similarly crushing one-point loss in the Detroit Public School League semifinals when Southeastern scored the winning basket on a buzzer-beating tip-in after it was awarded the ball on a disputed alternate possession call.
Had U-D Jesuit’s infraction been caught by the officials, a technical foul should have been called and Cass Tech would have been awarded two free throws and possession of the ball. Instead, with six U-D players still on the court, the Technicians were forced to heave a desperation shot that was off the mark and ended the season with an 18-6 record.
Cass Tech’s exit leaves the PSL with just one team advancing to next Tuesday’s state quarterfinals.
Douglass, after defeating private school powerhouse Detroit Country Day 69-56 to capture its first regional championship since 2010, will play Goodrich (20-5) in the Class B quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marysville High School.
A victory would send Coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes (16-9) to Michigan State University’s Breslin Center for next Friday’s state semifinals.