Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
The culmination of the 2014-15 Detroit Public School League Big D basketball tournament is Friday, Feb. 20 at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall.
The PSL championship doubleheader features three-time defending champion King (16-0 overall, 11-0 league) against Cass Tech 14-3 overall, 11-1 league) in the girls’ title game at 5 p.m., followed by No. 1 state-ranked Western (16-0 overall, 12-0 league) against Renaissance (12-6 overall, 8-4 league) in the boys’ title game at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Calihan Hall box office. The box office will be open the day of the game from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and resuming at 4 p.m., when doors open.
Western, which hadn’t reached the PSL finals since 1938, assured there will be a new boys’ champion by disposing of Pershing, the two-time defending champion, in last Friday’s semifinals 70-60 at Cass Tech High School. Coach Derrick McDowell’s Cowboys have been ranked No. 1 in the state almost the entire season and are bidding to win their first city championship since 1922.
Renaissance is making its first PSL boys’ title game appearance since winning back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004. Coach Venias Jordan, Jr.’s Phoenix have won seven games in a row since senior transfer Daryl Smith became eligible and took over the starting point guard position. The Phoenix advanced from Friday’s semifinals with a 50-46 upset victory against East English Village.
The girls’ title game will be a rematch of the last two championship games. Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders are favored to extend their reign to four years in a row, while Cass Tech hopes to break through for its first PSL girls’ basketball championship since 1987. Coach Marissa Fisher’s Lady Technicians suffered their only league loss Jan. 6 against King 54-47.