Detroit King throws blanket on Henry Ford in 50-43 victory, advances to PSL title game
Detroit – King beat his ticket to the PSL championship game by taking a strong defensive stance in a semifinal game on Thursday afternoon at Cass Tech to claim a 50:43 win over Detroit Henry Ford.
King will look to claim his first PSL title since 2012 when he plays Pershing at 6am on Saturday at Renaissance in Renaissance, who defeated Douglass 73-64 in his two-time PSL defending champion. Cass Tech was unable to enter the tournament due to COVID-19 issues.
Cody will face Cass Tech in the girls’ PSL title game on Saturday at the Renaissance. Tip is 3 p.m. The defending PSL champion Renaissance was also unable to keep up due to COVID-19 problems.
King – 14-2 and 5th in The News Super 20 – was sloppy early on and Henry Ford took advantage to take the lead 10-5 with Ahmad Ford knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.
King ended the opening quarter with a 10-0 run and converted numerous sales into transition baskets for a 15:10 pillow.
King increased the lead to 31-21 at halftime, shot 50 percent off the field and limited Henry Ford to 28 percent.
Ford made Henry Ford (8-7) stay halfway within 10 and score 11 on 4-of-6, while his teammates were a combined 3-of-20.
Henry Ford’s security guard Mario Hill made it to the basket consistently but struggled to cope with King Shainen Carter’s 6-foot-8 center, which shows he is healthy and a rim protector.
Carter suffered MCL strain early in the season and missed 10 games before returning last week.
Carter was a bunch at either end of the court, contributing 10 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. Senior Omar Zeigler had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and senior point guard Chansey Willis had 11 points.
King was leading 42:35 after three quarters and then missed the first six shots of the fourth. He also flipped the ball three times to get Henry Ford on Hill’s 3-pointer within 42:38.
Davin Walker, the king’s defensive stopper, rose to take a 15-foot lead before stealing and taking a 46-38 lead on the transition. It would be King’s only baskets in the neighborhood.
Henry Ford had several chances of reducing the deficit to one or even pulling it in the final minutes, but either missed 3 point points or failed to land on the basket.
“We made a slow start in defense, just played with a rattle and settled in in about four minutes,” said Walker, who finished with nine points. “We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we wanted in the fourth quarter, but we found ways to score a goal (four free throws), play well defensively and do what we had to do to get the win . It feels good to be in this title game. “
Carter’s return made a huge difference, Walker said.
“It means everything to have him back,” said Walker, “having a big 6-8 guy in the color, being able to throw in the post and double it up and get him kicked out.” It feels good to have him back and he’s not 100 percent yet. “
Ford finished with 16 points on 6-of-11, 3-of-6 on 3-pointer for Henry Ford. Kahlen Naope scored 11.
►Pershing 73, Douglass 64: Squally Hill had 33 points and Brian Woodland added 14 for Pershing. Pierre Brooks scored 22, including 14 in the first half, while Javantae Randle had 17 for Douglass.