February 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

Friday's high school roundup: Pershing wins PSL boys title in OT

Pershing's Darsean Woodson drives on Southeastern's Eahn Blackwell on Friday at Calihan Hall. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News)

Detroit — Somehow, someway, Detroit Pershing finds a way to win.

Down 13 points with 3:20 remaining, Pershing came back to tie the game on Mory Diane’s 6-foot runner in the lane with 34 seconds left, then held on in overtime to defeat Detroit Southeastern, 57-56, to win the Detroit Public School League championship on Friday before 2,351 at Calihan Hall.

It’s Pershing second consecutive title and fourth in six years.

“It’s different in the PSL,” said Diane, a transfer from Detroit Country Day, who led Pershing with 15 points. “I seen one before when (Detroit) King beat Pershing (2012). Playing in front of a crowd as loud as this. It was like playing in a semifinal when I was at Country Day.

“I just knew I had to score. I was just looking for my shot. Coach (Wydell) Henry told me to take it unless I was double-teamed.”

Pershing (18-2), ranked No. 2 in Class A, scored the first four points of the overtime as Justin Tillman, named Mr. PSL at halftime, dunked with 3:07 left for a 56-52 lead.

Dwayne Embry’s free throw gave Pershing a 57-55 lead with 1:14 remaining and Leonard Harper-Baker’s free throw with 53.5 seconds left ended the scoring.

Pershing called time out with 32 seconds left and Southeastern finally fouled Kameron Barden with 6.2 seconds left. Barden missed both free throws but he and fellow senior Darsean Woodson double teamed Anthony Randall who was unable to get a last-season shot off.

“Right then I was thinking, get a stop and no fouls,” Woodson said. “We usually start slow and come back so that didn’t bother me. It’s great to win back-to-back. We don’t believe in giving up.”

Southeastern (13-7) controlled the tempo for 90 percent of the game. It just couldn’t finish.

“We panicked,” coach George Ward said. “Pershing did a great job. We dominated the game. I’m not going to stand here and say I didn’t expect it.

“We were just terrible at the free throw line. I almost went on a tangent at the end of practice yesterday. At the end some of the guys were messing around. And they were the same guys who missed the free throws at the end.

“But we don’t make excuses at Southeastern. I don’t even know how to spell it.”

Southeastern was 17-of-36 from the line, 4-of-12 in the fourth quarter.

Pershing was 14-of-23 but made its last four, two each by Marquel Ingram and Barden (13 points, 10 rebounds), in the last 1:07 of regulation.

Despite the loss, Harper-Baker played an exceptional game defensively on Tillman. At 6-foot-5 Harper-Baker is two inches shorter but he blocked five of Tillman’s shots and held him to eight points. Tillman did have 18 rebounds and six blocks. Harper-Baker led Southeastern with 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

Southeastern led 21-9 at the end of the first quarter and 29-19 at halftime.

Pershing got within 37-33 before a Harper-Baker basket and a 3-point play by D’Cari Charleston (12 points, nine rebounds) pushed the lead to 42-33 at the end of the third quarter.

Tillman’s dunk with 3:02 left cut Southeastern’s lead to 50-39 and started the comeback.

Southeastern committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, two in the final minute.

“My guys kept believing,” Henry said. “It was my fault we came out too passive. I told my guys to keep fighting.”

More boys basketball

Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 41, Bloomfield Hills Roeper 36: Garrett Kraatz scored 14 and Luke Barber 10 for Inter-City (13-6, 10-4 MIAC Blue). Max Whipple scored 17 and Jon Kaufman 14 for Roeper.

Armada 55, Capac 48: Sam Matthews had 14 and Trevor Holston 13 for Armada (5-13, 2-10 Blue Water Area Conference). Jordan Maday scored 21 for Capac (2-16, 2-10).

Auburn Hills Avondale 48, Lake Orion 46: Jabbar Mims had 13 and Darius Woods 10 for Avondale (4-14, 3-9 OAA White). Nate Marcum scored 15 for Lake Orion (9-9, 7-5).

Birmingham Brother Rice 53, St. Clair 49: Patrick Sparks had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Dominic Downs scored 12 for Brother Rice (10-8). Josh Barnes scored 22 for St. Clair (11-5).

Bloomfield Hills 54, North Farmington 50: Yante Maten had 21 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, and Khalil Gracey had 18 points and eight assists for Bloomfield Hills (16-2, 9-2 OAA Red). Jeron Rogers and David Lett each scored 14 for North Farmington.

Clinton Township Clintondale 67, Madison Heights Lamphere 25: Dominick Hallums and Greg Robinson each scored 14 for Clintondale (15-3, 12-2 MAC Silver), which clinched its second consecutive league title. Lamphere is 1-17, 0-13.

Dearborn Fordson 78, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 49: Moussa Harb scored 22, Jamil Sabbagh 13 and Jonas Williams 11 for Fordson (13-5, 10-3 WWAC Red). Bryan Collins scored 30 for Annapolis (1-17, 0-12).

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 81, Redford Union 57: Esa Abduljami had 16, and Ayman Youssef and Billy Abduljami 14 each for Crestwood (16-1, 11-0 WWAC Red). Jerrime Koger scored 21 for Redford Union.

Detroit Allen Academy 71, Melvindale ABT 56: Pakiya Ellis had 22 to surpass 1,000 career points, and Jason Williams Jr. scored 15 for Allen Academy (17-1). Lavail Russell scored 14 and Elmelik Martin 12 for ABT.

Detroit Old Redford 54, Detroit University Prep 50: Brandon Adolph had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Timothy Huguley scored 14 for Old Redford (10-7). Jovan Henderson scored 15 for University Prep.

Detroit Westside Christian 83, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 61: Terryn Wheeler had 23 for Westside. Ernest Brant had 13 and Cortez Murphy 12 for Science & Math (3-15).

Eastpointe East Detroit 61, Fraser 40: Hyneef Hagens scored 15 for East Detroit (1-16). T.J. Felder scored 13 for Fraser (1-17).

Ecorse 82, Highland Park 41: Jovan Wasson had 18 points and six assists, and Darrius Canty had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Ecorse (11-5).

Farmington 62, Hazel Park 61: Avon White scored 18, Justin Banks had 12 points and 19 rebounds, and Chris Seaborn scored 10 for Farmington (14-4, 9-3 OAA Blue). Semaj Thompson scored 19 and Julius Giles 16 for Hazel Park (5-12, 2-10).

Garden City 63, Livonia Clarenceville 52: Kevin Brown-Bayko had 21, Travis Kidd 16 and Julius Sanders 12 for Garden City (12-5). Kimani Dooley scored 20 for Clarenceville.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 67, Novi Franklin Road 57: Ian Clark had 22 and Jorden Petersen 17 for Liggett (8-8, 6-6 MIAC Blue). Austin Hearns scored 21 and Scott McSweeney had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Franklin Road.

Harper Woods Chandler Park 85, Southfield Bradford 72: In the Charter League tournament championship, Jalen Martin had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Damon Muex scored 18 for Chandler Park (15-3). Jalen McFadden had 49 points for Bradford.

Mount Clemens 57, Warren Woods-Tower 54: Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 17 points and seven assists, and Dorian Armstong 12 points and 15 rebounds for Mount Clemens (19-1).

New Haven 53, Clawson 48: Ryun Crayton scored 18, Sychar Sterling had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and John Galloway had 10 points and 10 rebounds for New Haven (10-7). Jared Ocampo scored 22 for Clawson.

Redford Thurston 56, Dearborn Edsel Ford 38: Otis Kemutambah had 13 and Deaunte Jackson 10 for Thurston (11-6). Chad Gaillard scored 14 for Edsel Ford (10-7).

Rochester Adams 75, Pontiac 51: Akhemji Williams had 27 and Joey Ziniti 12 for Adams (14-4, 9-3 OAA Red). Jamal Champale-Parks scored 10 for Pontiac (3-15, 1-11).

Troy 54, Birmingham Groves 46: Chris Dorsey had 22 for Troy (16-2, 9-1 OAA White). Eddie Reese had 21 for Groves (4-13, 2-7).

Troy Athens 71, Birmingham Seaholm 63 (OT): John Van Hoef had 23 points and 18 rebounds, Tim Shayoka scored 14, Corbin Vrij had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and Mike Williams had 12 points and 12 assists for Athens (12-5). Jonah Kest led Seaholm with 15 points, while Jeff Bowman and Austin Roth each scored 12 and Joey Nagridge 11.

Warren Mott 88, Roseville 63: Kenny Goins had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Derek Murphy scored 22 as Mott (14-4, 11-1 MAC White) clinched back-to-back division titles. Elijah Collier had 16 points for Roseville (9-8, 4-6).

Boys hockey

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 5, Trenton 4: Jack Blumberg had three goals and Austin Alger had a goal and two assists as Cranbrook (23-1) won the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League championship. Quinn Preston, Andrew Sawyer, Conor Cunningham and Mitchell Galea scored for Trenton.

Farmington 9, Waterford United 1: Drake Cole had two goals and an assist, and Nick Kozolo had a goal and three assists for Farmington (15-10-1).

Warren Mott 6, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3: Shane Mackin had three goals, Brandon Mezuk had two and Eric Rodgers one for Mott (21-4). Nick Garbarz, Andrew Williamson and Matthew Blake scored for Bishop Foley (7-16-1).

Detroit News staff contributed.

Southeastern's Leonard Harper-Baker blocks Pershing's Justin Tillman. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News)
Coach Wydell Henry and Pershing players celebrate their win over ... (Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News)