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Willis, Walker lead Detroit King in rout of Douglass, avenge last year’s PSL semifinal loss

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Detroit – The last time Detroit King and Detroit Douglass played was in the PSL semi-finals a little over a year ago, Douglass defeated King by 30 points.

Fans must remember, however, that King played without standout point guard Chansey Willis, who was out with an injury.

King's Davine Walker fired a shot against Douglass' Jahi Gibson in the first half.

Well, Willis is back and definitely healthy. He scored eight points, including a pair of 3-point points during a 12-0 opening run, and King – 5-1 and 8th in The News Super 20 – defeated 16th place Douglass (6-2) and the top player of the state, Michigan State-bound 6-foot-6 guard Pierre Brooks, 69-51, Friday afternoon in Douglass.

“Last year when I was injured when we were at Cass Tech (for the PSL semi-finals), Omar (Zeigler) was playing but he wasn’t 100 percent and after they beat us they jumped up and screamed and that played just in my head over and over and over, ”said Willis, who finished with 23 points (10 out of 20 shots) and seven assists, including eight direct points, to give him a 50-30 lead with three minutes remaining in the third quarter open.

“The first four minutes (the second half) were crucial and we all have a good group, that was good for us.”

While Willis was definitely a key to the win, it was King 6-2 senior guard Davin Walker that turned out to be the difference, and he did it on the defensive.

Walker, giving Brooks four inches and nearly 40 pounds, made Brooks struggle for every inch of the floor, making him uncomfortable by using his stellar speed and jumping ability.

King made an 11-2 run to end the first half and take a 31:19 lead after Douglass pulled Brooks’ 25-foot-toe at 3:20 in the second within 20:17.

Brooks had 12 points in the first half, but on 4-of-16 (1-of-7 3s) and King, who was laying a few layups of steals in his press in the last minute, cut Douglass to 6-of -23 shooting through the first two quarters.

“You just have to have the mindset that you can review anyone and play with anyone in the world,” said Walker of Brooks. “He’s a great player but you have to try to get inside his head and stop him early and not get him going because when he gets going you know it’s going to be a long night for you.

“We were talking in the locker room about coming out with a lot of energy and playing hard. That’s why we wanted to take their hearts out and that is exactly what we did.”

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King’s 6-4 Omar Zeigler, one of the state’s top seniors, returned this week from a telescopic knee injury with eight points and seven rebounds. This shows he’s healthy by blowing past 6-10 Javantae Randle and getting a layup with 3: 20 left for a 67-47 lead.

Lamont Parks, a Detroit Western transfer, scored 15 for King and made 5 of 8 shots, including two 3-pointers, and Senior Guard Gelil Ward, 12 points, also made two 3-pointers.

Brooks ended up with 36 points and 12 rebounds, making 14 of 30 shots (3 of 12 3s), including 10 to 14 shots in the second half, highlighted by a 3-pointer from the last half place as the time ran out was the third quarter.

Randle finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Even more boys’ basketball

Dearborn 49, Belleville 46: Abdo Abu-Zahrah scored 15 and Adnan Rammouni, Jamil Mashhour and Nassim Mashhour each had 10 for Dearborn (7-1, 7-1 KLAA East). Trayvon Parker scored 11 for Belleville (6-2, 6-2).

Dearborn Fordson 68, Livonia Churchill 41: Jad Abdallah and Mohamad Therefore scored 18 each for Fordson (4-4, 4-4 KLAA East). A’mareon Jackson scored 15 for Churchill (0-8, 0-8).

Detroit Cass Tech 73, Detroit Renaissance 59: Mekhi Walker scored 19 with six rebounds, Duane Wright 19 and Rylan Bowens 14 with 10 rebounds and four blocks for Cass Tech (8-1, 4-0 Detroit PSL). Juwan Massey had 20 for Renaissance (4-4, 3-1).

Detroit Central 58, Detroit Osborn 49: Elijah Granger and Jaden Daniels each had 15 points and Javon Morgan scored 11 for Central (1-1, 1-0 Detroit PSL). Mark Shrophsire had 15 for Osborn (0-3, 0-3).

Detroit CMA 68, Detroit Collegiate Prep 6: Jeremiah Henderson scored 15, Ryan Jackson 13, and Jeremiah Douglas, D’Angelo Gilmore and Jackie Clark each had 10 for the CMA (4-2, 2-2 Detroit PSL). Collegiate Prep is 0-4, 0-4.

Detroit King 69, Detroit Douglass 51: Chauncey Willis Jr. scored 26 and Lamont Parks Jr. and Jahlil Ward each had 12 for King (5-1, 2-0 Detroit PSL). Pierre Brooks scored 37 and Javonte Randle 12 for Douglass (6-2, 3-1).

Detroit Mumford 52, Detroit Cody 25: Kamajia Darden had 15 points and Devon Howard had 14 with 12 rebounds and three blocks for Mumford (3-2, 3-1 Detroit PSL). Cody is 2-3, 0-2.

Ecorse 79, Detroit Jalen Rose 53: Malik Olafioye had 29 points with five rebounds and five assists and Kenneth Morris Jr. scored 19 for Ecorse (7-1). Jeremy Buttin scored 26 for Jalen Rose.

Ferndale 60, North Farmington 55: Jason Drake had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Jack Kennedy 11 points and five rebounds and Traevon Lewis scored 10 for Ferndale (6-1, 5-0 OAA Red). Basheer Jihad scored 21 and Deion Hayes 14 for North Farmington (5-1, 4-1).

Hamtramck 51, Culver Academies (Indiana) 50: Javier Whitaker scored 17 for Hamtramck (7-2). Cooper Farrall scored 19 for Culver (6-2).

Macomb Dakota 60, Grosse Pointe South 45: Joshuah Hines had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Tymias Williams had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and Owen Colpaert and Tyler Baron each scored 10 for Dakota (5-1, 5-1 MAC Red). William Johnson scored 15 for South (6-2, 5-1).

Romulus Summit Academy North 75, Detroit Public Safety 37: Reavon Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Dontez Scott Jr. scored 12, James Wright 11 and Orlando Lovejoy 11 with 10 assists for Romulus Summit (7-0). Public safety is 2-3.

Taylor Trillium Academy 61, Detroit University Prep 60: Elijahjuan Fishburn had 24 points with four steals, Damarryon Fishburn had 19 with nine rebounds and three steals and Antwaan Davis-Teague had nine with four steals and the game-winning shot for Taylor Trillium (5-1). University preparation is 3-4.

Walled Lake Northern 54, South Lyon East 53 (OT): Jesse Lawson Jr. scored 14 and Kevyn Robertson scored 12 with 10 rebounds and the game-winning shot in overtime (5-1, 4-1 Lakes Valley). Bryce Bird had 19 points and Adam Jagacki 16 for Lyon East (5-1, 5-1).

Warren Fitzgerald 44, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 33: Isaiah Sewell had 15 points with 10 rebounds and Trey West 13 added six assists for Fitzgerald (5-2, 5-2 MAC Blue). Anchor Bay is 0-6, 0-6.

Waterford Kettering 53, Milford 43: Jack Burch and Bennie Crenshaw each scored 14 for Kettering (3-4). Milford is 1-6.

Boys score

Blue water area

Armada 54, Algonac 20

Croswell-Lexington 75, Almont 36

Richmond 38, North Branch 33

Charter

Romulus Summit North 75, Detroit Public Safety 37

Southfield Bradford 59, Detroit Voyageur 37

Warren Collegiate 61, Mount Clemens 53

Detroit psl

Detroit Henry Ford 83, Detroit Western 66

Detroit Mumford 52, Detroit Cody 26

Detroit Southeastern at Detroit Denby, Jan.

Down the river

Allen Park 51, Dearborn Edsel Ford 47

Brownstown Woodhaven 58, Wyandotte 33

Southgate Anderson 54, Lincoln Park 40

Trenton 47, Taylor 30

Huron

Airport Carleton 45, Milan 40

Große Ile 64, river view 40

Monroe St. Mary Catholic Headquarters 47, Flat Rock 36

KLAA

Canton 58, Brighton 45

Dearborn 49, Belleville 46

Dearborn Fordson 68, Livonia Churchill 41

Hartland 56, New 34

Howell 67, Salem 57

Livonia Stevenson 75, Wayne Memorial 36

Northville 45, Plymouth 37

Lakes Valley

Waterford Kettering 53, Milford 43

MAC

Clawson 37, Clinton Township Clintondale 33

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 66, New Haven 61

Fraser 62, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 47

Macomb Dakota 60, Grosse Pointe South 45

Marysville 57, Madison Heights Madison 49

St. Clair Shores Lakeshore 58, Port Huron Northern 53

Sterling Heights Stevenson 51, Romeo 38

Utica 48, St. Clair 39

Warren Lincoln 89, Madison Heights Lamphere 62

Michigan Metro

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 61, Taylor Prep 50

OAA

Berkley 51, Oxford 50

Birmingham Seaholm 52, Auburn Hills Avondale 35

Oak Park 55, Clarkston 37

West Bloomfield 69, Farmington 43

Ferndale 60, North Farmington 55

Orion Sea 41, Troy Athens 34

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 63, Birmingham Groves 62

Southeast

Ann Arbor Huron 40, saline solution 31

Temperance Bedford 61, Ann Arbor Pioneer 52

Western Wayne

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 61, Taylor Prep 50

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 41, Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy 30

Other

Große Ile 64, river view 40

Girls basketball

Allen Park 59, Dearborn Edsel Ford 35: Nia Nightingale had 22 points and Emily Dingman 13 for Allen Park (2-6, 2-6 downriver). Janae Jackson had nine for Edsel Ford (3-4, 3-4).

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 44, Romulus Summit Academy North 40: Myesha Reese had 10 points and Makayla Birchette had nine for Annapolis (5-0). Romulus Summit is 4-2.

Hartland 51, New 28: Syd Caddell scored 11 and Lillee Gustafson 10 for Hartland (7-0). Natalie Spence scored seven for Novi (1-7).

Plymouth Christian 46, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 44: Anna Fernandez had 14 points and Morganne Houk had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Ariela Bobok scored 10 for (6-2, 5-0). Emma Hamilton had 14 points for Inter-City Baptist (3-4, 3-3).

Royal Oak 48, Royal Oak Shrine Katholik 35: Sarah Soraghan had 15 points and four assists and Kira Vance scored 11 with six assists for Royal Oak (4-3). Bridget Murray scored eight for Shrine Catholic (6-1).

South Lyon 41, Walled Lake Central 39 (OT): Kyra Karfonta scored 11 for South Lyon (3-2). Kylie Anderson had 14 points and Maddie Schopf 11 for Central (4-2).

Westland John Glenn 56, Livonia Franklin 54: Taylor Watkins-Johnson scored 26 with nine steals and eight rebounds, Peja Williams 15 and India Grissom 11 for Westland Glenn (3-5, 3-5 KLAA). Erin Young had 19 points and Kalen Bates 16 for Livonia Franklin (2-6, 2-6).

Girl scores

Blue water area

Almont 52, Croswell-Lexington 36

Armada 41, Algonac 33

Catholic League

Farmington Hills Mercy 60, Macomb Lutheran North 26

Mount Clemens 38, Warren Collegiate 37

Down the river

Allen Park 59, Dearborn Edsel Ford 35

Lincoln Park 44, Southgate Anderson 33

Trenton 47, Taylor 30

KLAA

Belleville 69, Dearborn 65

Brighton 46, Canton 34

Hartland 58, New 29

Howell 52, Salem 36

Northville 43, Plymouth 40

Wayne Memorial 70, Livonia Stevenson 39

Westland Glenn 56, Livonia Franklin 54 (OT)

Lakes Valley

South Lyon 41, Walled Lake Central 39

Walled Lake Western 43, Waterford Mott 9

OAA

Berkley 52, Farmington 42

Southeast

Monroe 55, Ypsilanti Lincoln 37

Ypsilanti 55, Ann Arbor Skyline 34

Other

Harper Woods 40, Warren Fitzgerald 37

Harper Woods Chandler Park 65, Detroit Edison 38

Ypsilanti Arbor 78, Ecorse 25

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