Detroit Edison defeated defending PSL champion Detroit Cass Tech, 59-51, in a quarterfinal Sunday afternoon at King.
Edison (8-8) will face Detroit Renaissance (11-5) — a 66-65 winner over Michigan-bound Dave DeJulius and East English — in a PSL semifinal Tuesday night at 7:30 at Cass Tech.
Pershing (8-8) will face King (10-4) in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. at Cass Tech. Edison, Pershing and King are all from the East Division, Renaissance the lone team from the West. The title game is set for Friday night at Calihan Hall.
“My big three played well for us,” Edison coach Bo Neely said of his team’s win over Cass Tech (13-4). “Pierre Mitchell scored 20, Spider (6-foot-8 Deante Johnson) had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Gary (Solomon) had 14 points and 10 rebounds.”
Mitchell signed with Central Michigan, Johnson with Cleveland State and 6-5 Solomon with LIU-Brooklyn.
“Offensively, he’s (Johnson) gotten a lot better during the last five games, probably had double-doubles during that time,” Neely of Johnson. “He’s taking more time, not rushing so much offensively now.”
Mitchell, Solomon and Johnson helped Edison reach the Class C state semifinals last season at Breslin Center.
Renaissance limited DeJulius to 15 points, 11 which came in the final quarter.
Renaissance coach Vito Jordan used multiple defenses to slow down DeJulius, including the box-and-one.
“We haven’t had a player like Dave, you know put a scare in you like that since Keith Appling (Pershing, 2009),” Jordan said. “He can walk in and score 40 on any night.”
Pershing defeated Henry Ford (13-4) — which swept Cass Tech — 50-44. Now, coach Wydell Henry will try to guide Pershing to its first PSL title since back-to-back crowns in 2013-14.
“My big fellas played well, D’Juan Seal and Jalyn Benning,” Henry said, and added he is now looking forward to the semifinal since he owns a 2-0 record in those games.
East English (14-3) had the chance to pull out the quarterfinal, but DeJulius missed a shot in the lane in the final minute.
“We didn’t play well in the first half, got off to a slow start and I felt Dave could have been a little more aggressive earlier,” East English coach Juan Rickman said. “He (DeJulius) made some good passes, but we just weren’t making shots. We had a shot, but missed it with Dave missing a runner in the lane.”
King defeated Western in the other quarterfinal, 55-41.
The PSL girls semifinals are set for today at Renaissance with Northwestern-Collegiate Prep facing Mumford at 5 and Renaissance taking on King at 7:30 with the winners advancing to Friday’s 5 p.m. title game at Calihan Hall.
More Sunday games
Riverview Gabriel Richard 53, Clarkston Collegiate Everest 50: Garrett Balazsi, Erik Wiggington and Jake Henderson scored nine each for Gabriel Richard (11-4, 8-3 Detroit Catholic League Intersectional 2). Trevor Myers led Collegiate Everest (5-9, 5-5) with 13.