Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Western High, the state’s No. 1-ranked team, can lift an already 23-0 memorable season to historic proportions tonight (Tuesday, March 24) at 7 p.m. in the Class A boys’ basketball quarterfinal game against Ypsilanti Community (19-4) at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall.
A victory would advance Coach Derrick McDowell’s Cowboys to the state semifinal game Friday (2:50 p.m.) at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center against the winner of U-D Jesuit (21-3) vs. Clarkston (24-0), tonight’s 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal at Calihan Hall.
Fans are urged to get to Calihan early because both quarterfinal games have attracted massive local and statewide interest.
Western is playing its best basketball and has moved within sight of the school’s first MHSAA boys’ basketball state championship. The Cowboys entered the tourney on fire after capturing their first Detroit Public School League boys’ basketball crown since 1922.
The PSL is also represented in the Class B quarterfinals by Henry Ford. Coach Ken Flowers’ Trojans (19-5) will play New Haven (25-0) tonight, March 24, at 7 p.m. at Marysville High School, with the winner advancing to Friday’s 7:50 p.m. state semifinal game at MSU’s Breslin Center against the Essexville Garber (21-4) vs. Cadillac (17-8) quarterfinal winner.
Flowers, who is also Ford’s athletic director, says his team hopes to feed off support from two busloads of fans expected to make the trip to Marysville.
Western’s and Ford’s boys are trying to succeed where King High’s Lady Crusaders came up short last weekend, losing in the Class A girls’ state semifinals 57-37 against eventual champion Bloomfield Hills Marian, which won for the second year in a row.
Come out and support our Proud Strong Learners as they go for the state championship!!