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Detroit – Cass Tech coach Steve Hall had high praise for Randy Gilbert’s play prior to a PSL showdown with Renaissance Friday evening.

And, Gilbert backed up the compliments by leading Cass Tech to a 59-50 victory to avenge an earlier loss at Renaissance last month.

Gilbert, a 6-foot-6 senior, scored 23 on 10-of-14 shooting. He also had three blocks, including two in the opening quarter when Cass Tech was setting the tempo, then his final one in the final minute with his team holding a 55-48 lead.

“We just came out and played hard,” said Gilbert, who will play next year at Ferris State. “Coach (Hall) told us to just go out and ball because we’ve been losing lately. We came out to make a statement to the state and the city and I’m thrilled with how we played.”

Cass Tech (12-3), the defending PSL champs, were coming off a 73-70 overtime loss to Henry Ford Tuesday. The PSL playoffs will begin Tuesday with second-round games set for Friday night.

Cass Tech’s full-court pressure and half-court trap caused Renaissance problems early, forcing four straight turnovers at one point midway through the opening quarter.

And, Cass Tech turned the turnovers into points, including two straight transition baskets by Michael Washington-Hill for a 9-2 lead, then extending it to 11-2 with Washington-Hill’s alley-oop pass to Chris Murry with 4:10 left in the quarter.

Renaissance (10-5) never led, but it did pull even at 13 following two free throws by Carrington McCaskill (11 points, 9 rebounds) late in the opening quarter.

It was a rare scene for Renaissance with McCaskill’s two free throws as Renaissance missed 10 of 20, including the front end of two 1-and-1s.

“We missed free throws all season, we wouldn’t have lost the four games we lost previously so you could say it’s been our Achilles heel,” said Renaissance coach Vito Jordan, whose team defeated Cass Tech, 60-57, Jan. 16. “Turnovers were another factor. I think we turned the ball over 11 times and we were down just three (actually five) at halftime.”

Renaissance junior Chandler Turner made sure his team would stay close, scoring 13 and making 6-of-8 shots in the opening half to pull within 33-28 at halftime.

But, Turner wouldn’t score again, missing all six of his second-half shots.

“He had shots today that he normally makes, didn’t make one 3 today,” said Jordan of Turner. “They went zone, stopped pressing us and went zone and that slowed us up a little bit and made us shoot more jump shots than we would have liked to, but we just didn’t make our shots.”

Gilbert made sure Cass Tech would close the game out in style, scoring 13 of his 23 during the fourth quarter, including three monster dunks.

Cortez Garland scored 14 for Renaissance, 10 during the second half.

Sophomore guard Tyson Acuff scored 10 for Cass Tech, making a pair of 3-pointers and Chris Murry scored nine.

More boys basketball

Belleville 81, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 42: Gabe Brown had 19 points and seven assists, Davion Williams 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Connor Bush 13 points and 10 rebounds for Belleville (9-4, 6-0 WWAC Blue). Crestwood is 4-10, 0-6.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 53, Royal Oak Shrine 50: Tim Hauxwell had 15 points and Torrell Williams 11 for Cranbrook (12-0, 7-0 Catholic Intersectional No. 1). A.J. Massucci scored 14 for Shrine (6-7, 3-4).

Canton 74, Livonia Franklin 45: Vinson Sigmon scored 18 and Eian Barker 15 for Canton (14-0, 10-0 KLAA Black). Mark Mettie finished with 17 points for Franklin (4-9, 2-7).

Dearborn 60, Redford Thurston 50: Jack Mannarino had 17 points and Alieu Kah 14 for Dearborn (4-9, 2-4 WWAC Blue). Thurston is 7-7, 2-5.

Dearborn Edsel Ford 52, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 45: Jalal Baydoun had 17 points, six assists and four steals, and Khalid Saeed 13 points and 11 rebounds for Ford (9-5, 6-0 WWAC Red). Daryl Lockhart scored 16 and Jeremy Flax 13 for Robichaud (7-7, 3-3).

Detroit Henry Ford 73, Detroit Collegiate Prep 64: Deantae Ulmer had 24 points, Anthony Roberts 21 and Bernard Osborn 13 for Ford (12-3, 7-1 PSL West 1). Eric Smith scored 22 for Collegiate Prep.

Detroit Henry Ford Academy 52, Hamtramck 50: Trevion Williams had 25 points and Josh Wilson 14 for Henry Ford. Robert Mackey scored 16 for Hamtramck.

Detroit Pershing 59, Detroit Edison 52: Djuan Seal had 23 points and nine rebounds and Ron Hill 13 points and nine assists for Pershing (6-7, 5-3 PSL East 1). Gary Solomon scored 14 for Edison (3-8, 2-6).

Detroit Southeastern 71, Detroit West Side Academy 59: Anthony Johnson had 21 points, eight rebounds and six steals, Cody Currie 12 points and 16 rebounds and Antoine Jones 14 points for Southeastern (11-4, 8-2 PSL East 2).

Detroit Voyageur 79, Detroit Community 73: Lemuel Holt had 23 points and Elijah Belle 21 for Voyageur (12-0, 7-0 MMAC Black). Rayvon Williamson scored 14 for Community (9-4, 5-2).

Farmington 84, Lake Orion 80 (OT): Ray Bryant scored 39, Tariq Humes 17 and Jaden Akins and Christian Smith each had 10 points for Farmington (7-5, 6-2 OAA Blue). Nate Talbot scored 37 and Jamie Lewis 23 for Lake Orion (10-3, 6-2).

Harper Woods 45, Ecorse 31: Elijah McClellan had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Joshua Miller 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Harper Woods (11-2, 9-2 MMAC Blue). Ecorse is 9-6, 2-6.

Hazel Park 71, Southfield A&T 57: David Hearns scored 22, Devin Pettus added 14 while Khari Adams and Carl Bow each had 10 for Hazel Park (12-1). Cameron McEvans had 14 points for A&T.

Macomb Dakota 66, Sterling Heights Stevenson 59: Ryan Rollins had 27 points, six rebounds and five steals, and Mark Tocco 25 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals for Dakota (9-3, 7-1 MAC Red). Jerry Wilson scored 20 for Stevenson (9-4, 7-2).

Melvindale 73, Trenton 67: Markail Riley had 19 points, Toriano Bibbs 17 and DeAngelo Page 13 for Melvindale (4-10, 4-7 Downriver). Noah Reamer scored 27 for Trenton.

New Haven 82, Eastpointe 47: Romeo Weems had 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks, Ashton Sherrell had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Ronald Jeffery, Jamir Farrior and Tavares Oliver each scored 13 for New Haven (14-0, 9-0 MAC Blue). Eastpointe is 0-14, 0-10.

Oak Park 69, Rochester Adams 61: Lamont Mason had 14 points, Maliq Carr 13 points and 15 rebounds, Jeremiah Pettiway 12 points and Devonta Edwards 11 points for Oak Park (9-2, 7-1 OAA White). Ethan Emerzian scored 18 and Austin Ursuy 16 for Adams (8-5, 4-4).

Okemos 35, Grand Ledge 35: Jordan Henry had 16 points and four steals for Okemos (11-3, 8-1 CAAC Blue). Alex McCready led Grand Ledge (11-2, 7-2) with 13 points.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 50, Warren De La Salle 49: Lorne Bowman scored 23 and Caden Prieskorn 10 for St. Mary’s (10-4, 3-3 Catholic Central). Luke Pfromm led De La Salle (11-4, 4-2) with 28 points.

Peck 41, Mayville 38: Cole Hendley had 16 points and Ean Sell 15 for Peck (10-3, 4-0 North Central Thumb Stripes). Jeffrey Frost scored 13 and Michael Redfield 11 for Mayville (5-7 0-5 North Central Thumb Stars).

Plymouth 67, Livonia Churchill 16: Bryce Amison and A.J. Meal each had 10 points for Plymouth (7-7, 4-4 KLAA Black). Josh Guilbeult scored six for Churchill (3-11, 1-8).

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 49, Warren Michigan Collegiate 44: Nicholas Duweke scored 12 and Jack Hannon 11 for Notre Dame Prep (7-6). Jamar Green had 12 points, four assists and four rebounds and Jaylen Branch 14 points for Michigan Collegiate (8-7).

Redford Union 67, Garden City 38: Nate Brown had 18 points for Union (10-4, 5-1 WWAC Red). Kyle Widmer scored 12 for Garden City (1-12, 0-6).

River Rouge 83, Detroit University Prep 28: Jayvien Torrance-Jackson had 23 points, six assists and six steals and Bralin Toney 13 points and eight assists for River Rouge (14-0, 8-0 MMAC Blue).

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 69, Birmingham Seaholm 65: Andrew Carson led Stoney Creek (5-7, 3-4 OAA White) with 22 points. Brady Flynn scored 35 for Seaholm (4-8, 2-5).

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 54, Port Huron Northern 29: Caleb Bates led Lakeshore (9-6, 6-4 MAC Gold) with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

St. Clair Shores South Lake 64, Sterling Heights 57: Amier Gilmore had 26 points and 20 rebounds and Cody Harris 11 points and four steals for South Lake (12-2, 9-0 MAC Silver). Malot Dushaj scored 21 for Sterling Heights (5-8, 4-5).

Taylor Kennedy 71, Wyandotte Roosevelt 62: Mario Forbes had 22 points and Savion Gray 21 for Kennedy (7-5, 7-3). Bryce Armstrong scored 14 for Roosevelt (7-7, 6-4).

Troy 52, North Farmington 36: Brody Parker had 16 points and Danny Sully 13 for Troy (10-3, 5-2). Kendall Hayes scored 16 and donny Dreshaj 13 for North Farmington (5-7, 1-6).

Troy Athens 67, Auburn Hills Avondale 56: Taylor McCaskill and Brent Stephens each had 17 points and Jacob Brantley 12 for Athens (11-2, 6-1 OAA White). Martone Cole had 25 points and nine rebounds for Avondale (8-6, 4-4).

Walled Lake Central 68, South Lyon East 63: John Gaines had 14 points and six assists and Houston Tucker 13 points for Central (3-10, 3-6 Lakes Valley). Nick Branton scored 26 for East (4-9, 1-8).

Walled Lake Northern 48, Warren Mott 46: Andre Price’s pull-up jump shot with a second left won it. Carson Haslinger scored 11 for Northern (9-5, 7-3 Lakes Valley). Austin Franklin had 16 points for Mott (10-3, 8-2).

Warren Mott 74, Grosse Pointe North 68 (OT): De’Jon Gantz had 37 points and Darius Willis 11 for Mott (9-4, 7-2 MAC White). Joe Ayrault scored 23 for North (7-8, 4-4).

Wayne Memorial 62, Westland John Glenn 55: Cardier Muse-Suber had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Isaiah Lewis 15 points and five rebounds for Memorial (11-3, 9-1 KLAA Black).

West Bloomfield 83, Southfield Christian 65: Donavan Moore had 31 points, seven rebounds and four steals and Jalen Kelso 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals for West Bloomfield (6-6, 3-2 OAA Red). Bryce Washington scored 17 for Southfield Christian (10-3, 5-0 MIAC Blue).

White Lake Lakeland 55, South Lyon 42: Cody McComas and Conner Snell each had nine points for Lakeland (10-4, 6-4 Lakes Valley). Noah Grimes scored 15 for South Lyon (7-7, 4-6).

Girls basketball

Farmington Hills Mercy 48, Livonia Ladywood 21: Annie Treharne scored 13 for Mercy (13-2, 10-2 Catholic Central). Ladywood is 6-9, 3-9.

Hartland 41, Howell 37: Graysen Cockerham had 20 points and Whitney Sollom 10 points and 14 rebounds for Hartland (10-5, 6-3 KLAA Gold). Alexis Miller led Howell (13-2, 9-1) with 16 points.

Novi Franklin Road Christian 53, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 39: Rachel Bause had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks and Chanelle Lochrie 12 points for Franklin Road (11-4, 4-2 MIAC Blue). Lauren Turner led Parkway Christian (5-7, 2-2) with 12 points.

Plymouth 60, Livonia Churchill 35: Chantal LeDoux scored 16 and Gabby Chouinard 10 for Plymouth (10-4, 6-3 KLAA Black). Imani Moultrie led Churchill (6-8, 3-6) with 12 points.

River Rouge 72, Detroit University Prep 16: Lamariyee Williams had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Moriyah Hamell 23 points, 10 steals, seven rebounds and five assists for River Rouge (13-4, 7-0 MMAC Blue).

Royal Oak 31, Bloomfield Hills Marian 30: Nila Coney had eight points and Jessica Adams six points and 14 rebounds for Royal Oak (12-2). Sophia Mancini led Marian (12-3) with nine points.

St. Clair Shore Lakeview 43, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 38: Alicia Bullaro had 20 points and six steals and Seanna Sccone 10 points for Lakeview (16-0, 10-0 MAC Blue). Chippewa Valley is 9-7, 6-4.

Trenton 43, Allen Park 31: Sydney Voss led Trenton (12-2, 10-1 Downriver) with 16 points. Abby Slate scored 13 for Allen Park (6-7, 6-4).

Walled Lake Central 52, South Lyon East 35: Rizaria Franklin scored 17, Olivia Emert 11 and Ashley Shaow 10 for Central (11-3, 7-3 Lakes Valley). South Lyon East is 10-4, 8-2.

Waterford Lakes 60, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 25: Brooklyn Robak scored 21, Tiffany Senerius 17 and Isabelle Kline 14 for Lakes (13-3, 7-0 Catholic League-A North). Jordyn Russell scored 14 for Cranbrook-Kingswood.

Boys hockey

Alpena 9, Petoskey 2: Kyle Van Dusen had four goals and two assists for Alpena (13-4-3). Petoskey falls to 8-11-1.

Detroit News staff contributed

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