Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Two exciting games delivered a crowd-pleasing finale to the Detroit Public School League 2014-15 Big D basketball tournament Friday at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall.
In rising to the occasion and living up to expectations, King’s girls and Western’s boys hoisted the championship trophies and emerged with their unbeaten records intact.
Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders (12-0 league, 18-0 overall) are PSL champions for the fourth year in a row after defeating Cass Tech 66-53 in the first game of the championship doubleheader.
In the nightcap, Western held on for a 46-45 victory against Renaissance to earn the school’s first PSL boys’ basketball title since 1922. Coach Derrick McDowell’s Cowboys (13-0 league, 17-0 overall) have been the state’s No. 1-ranked team most of the season.
Senior guard Janae Williams led King’s victory with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Williams was honored between games with the Miss PSL award, which goes annually to the league’s top senior as voted by the coaches. The boys’ coaches selected Ford’s Joshua Davis as the Mr. PSL recipient.
The PSL’s top two girls teams return to action Thursday with the Operation Friendship games. The games will be played at Birmingham Marian High School, featuring PSL runners-up Cass Tech (11-2 league, 14-4 overall) against Catholic League runners-up Dearborn Divine Child at 5 p.m., followed by PSL champion King against Catholic League champion Birmingham Marian at 7 p.m.
The boys’ Operation Friendship games are scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at U-D Mercy Calihan Hall. PSL runners-up Renaissance (8-5 league, 12-7 overall) will play the yet-to-be-determined Catholic League runners-up at 1 p.m. followed by PSL champion Western against the yet-to-be-determined Catholic League champions at 3 p.m.
For photos of the Big D finals PSL championship doubleheader, click on the Detroit Public School League page on Facebook:
Western 46, Renaissance 45
King 66, Cass Tech 53