King, Pershing seek to rebound from Operation Friendship defeat

With the boys’ basketball state tournament beginning Monday, the Detroit Public School League’s top two teams won’t have much time to recover after suffering upset losses Thursday to end the regular season.

PSL champion King High fell to Detroit Catholic Central 56-48 in the Operation Friendship city championship game, while the consolation game was no less upsetting for the PSL as Pershing lost to Warren De La Salle 82-73.

A large crowd came out and stayed supportive after a Cass Tech High roof drip forced the games to be played at Western International High.

DPS Executive Director of Athletics Alvin L. Ward, Sr. and his PSL game crew earned plaudits for salvaging the occasion and ensuring that the annual event proceeded smoothly.

Ward thanked Western High principal Rodolfo Diaz, athletic coordinator Terrence Butler and faculty member Brenda Henry for helping make the venue switch possible.

“I also want to thank Vic Michaels and the Catholic League administration, coaches, players and fans for their cooperation in adapting to a potentially adverse situation,” Ward said.

Whether or not Coach Pierre Brooks’ King Crusaders (15-5) and Coach A.W. Canada’s Pershing Doughboys (18-2) can salvage PSL hopes for a state championship is now the question.

King will begin its quest Monday as the district host against Central at 4 p.m., while Pershing opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. against PSL foe Mumford (13-4) in the district tournament at University of Detroit Jesuit.

Complete boys’ basketball district pairings involving PSL teams:
Michigan High School Athletic Association Boys’ Basketball District Pairings


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