Detroit – Fresh off an offer from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo this past weekend, Greg Elliott showed why he earned it Tuesday afternoon, scoring 26 to help defending PSL champion Detroit East English avenge an earlier loss to Detroit Osborn with a one-sided 89-72 victory at Central.
Elliott, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, scored seven straight points to start a 14-0 run to open up a 70-40 cushion late in the third quarter.
“This was a big win, it was redemption basically,” said Elliott, looking back at East English’s 75-69 loss at Osborn Jan. 13. “It shows if we come out and play like we’re supposed to no one’s going to beat us.
“Last time we didn’t rebound. They came out punching us in the mouth, but this time we came out swinging first and by the time we got done swinging they didn’t have anything left. When we picked up the intensity they couldn’t keep up.”
Michigan coach John Beilein was in attendance, watching East English junior point guard David DeJulius who he made an offer to in December.
DeJulius scored 24, scoring 11 to set the tempo in the opening quarter, including three three-pointers to give East English a 21-20 lead, then helping to increase the lead to 38-28 at halftime, then 72-41 after three.
Armonee Felder, who has been offered by Xavier, Oakland and Eastern Michigan, scored 37 for Osborn (7-7, 3-6), 17 during the final quarter. Ken Holloway was limited to 13 points after scoring 27 the last time the teams played and 37 last Friday in a 93-92 win over Pershing.
Elliott said his focus is on helping East English (12-2, 7-2) win the PSL title and plans to wait until after the championship game to announce his college choice. He also has offers from Marquette and Providence.
“The only thing on my mind is winning the city championship,” Elliott said. “I’ll make up my mind on where I’m going to college after the city championship. I’m just focused on winning basketball games right now.”
But, Elliott was thrilled to get the offer from Izzo.
“That was the first time I’ve watched a Michigan State-Michigan game at Breslin,” Elliott said. “Coach Izzo offered me after the game. I wasn’t expecting it so I was really excited to get that offer from Michigan State.”