The rematch is set.
Southeastern and Cody, after battling tooth and nail in the Detroit Public School League’s Big D tournament finals, will meet again Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Class A boys’ basketball regional championship game at Cass Tech High School.
On the same floor Feb. 18, Southeastern defeated Cody 52-50 to win its first PSL boys’ basketball title in 55 years. However, the close margin of the game left Coach Bryant Tipton’s Comets longing for another chance at Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers. That’s what the fans are in store for Wednesday as both teams have 20-3 records and aim to reach next week’s state quarterfinals.
A similar scenario is brewing between Renaissance and Pershing in the Class A girls’ basketball state quarterfinals today at the University of Detroit Mercy. Both PSL teams will be trying to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.
At 5 p.m., Pershing (22-1) faces Inkster (22-1) before Renaissance (20-3) collides against Warren Regina at 7 p.m., with the winners advancing to the state semifinals Friday at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.
In a scintillating Big D tournament championship game Feb. 17, Renaissance defeated Coach Shawn Hill’s previously unbeaten Doughgirls to win its third consecutive PSL girls’ basketball title.
Coach Diane Jones’ Lady Phoenix lost in the state championship game last year, while Pershing bowed in the state semifinals, both losing to East Lansing. Should Renaissance and Pershing make it to Saturday’s state championship game, they would comprise the first all-Detroit Public School League showdown for the Class A state girls’ basketball title in 21 years. The only other time that happened was in 1990 when King beat Murray-Wright 53-48.
In Class A boys’ regional play Monday, Cody advanced with a 65-57 victory against U-D Jesuit, and Southeastern ousted Livonia Stevenson 52-45.
Osborn and Douglass, the PSL’s last remaining teams in Class B, both saw their tournament roads cut short after winning district titles. Detroit Community defeated Douglass 60-54 and Osborn lost 69-35 to Detroit Country Day.
Southeastern vs. Cody rematch set for Wednesday in Class A regional title game; Renaissance and Pershing girls in Class A state quarterfinal doubleheader today at U-D Mercy
The rematch is set.