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Detroit — Jaylyn Benning sent a message or two to Detroit King early in the game when he had a pair of dunks and rejected a shot during a 17-8 run to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 20-15 lead after the opening quarter.

Benning — a 6-foot-5 senior and younger brother of former Michigan State big man Derrick Nix — was a rim protector for Detroit Pershing (9-8), helping put his team in the PSL title game for the first time since Pershing won consecutive championships in 2013-14 with a 60-49 win Tuesday over King at Cass Tech.

Benning finished with 12 points and five blocks and Pershing led after that early 17-8 run.

“They call me the eraser and I got that name for a reason,” said Benning, who was fouled after making a basket late in the third quarter, then missed the free throw, but hustled for the rebound and scored on the putback to open up a 46-36 cushion. “I felt we had a lot of energy on the defensive end, caused some problems (with half-court trap and zone). We never had our heads down, just stayed up and got through it.”

Pershing’s backcourt of seniors D’Juan Seal (19 points) and Ron Hill (13 points) combined for 32 points, also teamed up for 11-of-14 free throws as Pershing outscored King 16-6 from the line.

Marcus Gibbs, who transferred from PSL champion Cass Tech, kept King (11-6) close in the first half, making 6-of-8 3-pointers and scoring 19 to stay within 37-29 at halftime.

In fact, it was Gibbs who made 6-of-8 3-pointers a year ago to help Cass Tech upset East English, 73-71, in the PSL semifinals.

But, Gibbs was limited to six points during the second half on Tuesday, coming up empty on his final five 3-point attempts. He finished with 25 on 7-of-17 shooting, 6-of-13 from deep range.

“We pretty much tried to deny him the ball and then we threw him in a zone in the second half and they didn’t know what to do,” said Benning of Gibbs, who has averaged 18.5 points since becoming eligible eight games ago. “We’re excited to be going to the championship game, thrilled to get the chance to win the title.”

Antonio Marshall scored nine and Drevon Taylor had eight points for King, which trailed 48-38 after three and never got closer than 52-45 midway through the fourth on John Massey’s putback as Gibbs and Marshall missed 3-pointers seconds later.

Seal, who made 7-of-11 shots from the field, is still without a Division I offer. He had high praise for Benning’s defense, especially on Benning’s block on Massey’s dunk attempt early in the third.

“Jaylin’s performance was good, it gave us more confidence,” Seal said. “This win was great. We haven’t been to the city championship in three years so we have to go get it. I was an eighth grader the last time we’ve won it.”

More boys basketball

Belleville 82, Redford Thurston 62: Davion Williams scored 20, Gabe Brown 18 and Kaevon Merriweather and Devin Alverson 13 each for Belleville (11-4, 8-0 WWAC). Kion Berry had 20 for Thurston (7-9, 2-6).

Birmingham Roeper 59, Lutheran Westland 37: Evan Akkashian scored 18 and Josiah Smith 17 for Roeper (7-7, 4-3 MIAC Red).

Canton 74, Plymouth 43: B.Artis White scored 30 and Vinson Sigmon 11 for Canton (16-0, 12-0 KLAA Black). Anthony Crump had 18 for Plymouth (8-8, 6-5).

Dearborn Edsel Ford 70, Livonia Clarenceville 38: Jalal Baydound scored 22 and Shawn Williams 13 for Ford (11-5, 8-0 WWAC Red). Jacob Lately and Davion Price had 10 each Clarenceville (2-13, 1-7).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 47, Garden City 34: Daryl Lockhart scored 14 and Jeremy Flex 10 for Robichaud (5-8, 4-4 WWAC).

Detroit Southeastern 55, Detroit Cody 32: Cody Currie had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Antoine Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Southeastern (13-5).

Detroit Voyageur 65, Detroit Jalen Rose 36: Lemuel Holt had 22 points and Elijah Belle 20 for Voyageur (14-0). Kevin Williams scored 15 for Jalen Rose (4-9).

Grosse Pointe South 62, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 60 (OT): Ryan Downer had 18 points and 10 assists, Erington Delwyne 15 points and 15 rebounds and Theo Nisoros 10 points for South (4-10 3-7 MAC Red). Eaden Fort scored 14 for L’Anse Creuse.

Novi Franklin Road Christian 64, Westland Huron Valley Lutheran 38: Mackenzy Blackwell had 15 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Banks and Blake Goodman scored 14 each for Franklin Road (8-6, 6-1 MIAC Red). Huron Valley is 6-9, 2-5.

Oak Park 64, Avondale 42: Isaiah Hollins-Maton scored 29 and Maliq Carr had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Oak Park (12-2, 9-1 OAA White). Martone Cole had 12 points for Avondale.

Okemos 74, Lansing Sexton 57: Evan Thomas had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Henry had 13 points and 10 rebounds Okemos (12-4, 9-2 CAAC Blue). Jerralmiar Jones scored 23 for Sexton (2-14, 0-10).

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 66, Detroit Country Day 64 (OT): Lorne Bowman had 22 points and Caden Prieskorn 19 for St. Mary’s (10-6). Juian Roper scored 19 for Country Day (13-4).

Royal Oak Shrine 54, Ann Arbor Greenhills 45: Brennan Smith scored 17 for Shrine (8-7, 6-4 Catholic League Intersectional 1).

Redford Union 45, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 43: Amir Huston hit the game-winning shot, Marcus Evans scored 12 and Ahmeer Cossom had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Redford Union (12-4, 7-1 WWAC).

Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 66, Plymouth Christian 55: Micah McLain had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Kyle Hensley had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Luke Stricker 16 points for Parkway (10-5, 5-3 MIAC Blue). Levi Yakuber scored 24 for Plymouth Christian (6-8, 2-5).

Troy 75, Southfield A&T 59: Leon Ayers scored 27 and Jason Dietz and Danny Sully had 21 each for Troy (12-3, 7-2 OAA Red). Cameron McEvans had 23 for A&T.

Troy Athens 69, Rochester Adams 60: Taylor McCaskill and Jacob Brantley scored 18 each and Brendt Stephens 12 for Athens (12-3, 7-2 OAA White). Peyton Prieskorn had 17, Jake Schuler 15 and Ethan Emerzian 10 for Adams (9-6, 5-5).

White Lake Lakeland 49, Walled Lake Northern 34: Cody McComas had 14 points and Conner Snell 10 for Lakeland (12-4, 8-4 LVC). Andre Price scored 11 for Northern (10-6, 8-4).

Woodhaven 52, Taylor Kennedy 22: Joshua Warren had 18 points, six assists and three steals and Marcus Brown scored 14 for Woodhaven (13-4, 10-2 Downriver).

Girls basketball

Allen Park 67, Brownstown Woodhaven 59: Abbie Slate had 26 points and Grace Kubik 22 for Allen Park (8-7, 8-4 Downriver). Kennedy Johnson scored 15 and Bre Campbell 14 for Woodhaven (11-5, 9-4).

Detroit Cody 44, Detroit CMA 29: Nala Barlow had 14 points and Kaira McGowan 12 for Cody (12-5). Vantanae Garrett scored 21 for CMA (11-3, 4-0 PSL West 2).

Detroit Country Day 61, Ann Arbor Pioneer 38: Kaela Webb scored 16 points and Adrian Folks 13 for Country Day (13-2). Ilena Garrett had 14 for Pioneer.

Dearborn Edsel Ford 75, Livonia Clarenceville 11: Brooke Gailliard had 18 points for Ford (7-10, 7-1 WWAC Blue).

Dearborn Fordson 45, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 43: Rana ElHusseini scored 25 for Fordson (16-2, 8-0 WWAC). Maya Barakat had 21 for Crestwood.

Harper Woods Chandler Park 58, Saline 46: Emaia Obrien scored 14 for Chandler Park. Ella Stemmer had 13 for Saline (8-9, 4-3 SEC Red).

Hartland 47, Novi 36: Emily Messner and Nikki Dompierre scored 11 each for Hartland (13-4, 9-3 KLAA Gold). Ellie Mackay had 14 for Novi (10-7, 6-6).

Macomb Dakota 49, Warren Cousino 43: Taylor Williams Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Tara Bieniewicz scored 16 for Dakota (15-3). Kate McArthur had 15 for Cousino (12-6).

Plymouth 43, Canton 37: Chantal LeDoux had 22 points and Gabby Chouinard 11 for Plymouth (12-4, 8-3 KLAA Black). Ashley Criscenti scored 11 and Carli Vaughn 10 for Canton (9-8, 8-4).

Royal Oak 32, Oxford 28: June Donnellon had 13 points and Samantha Potter had nine points and 16 rebounds for Royal Oak (14-2, 9-1 OAA White). Ashley Hershman scored 10 for Oxford (13-4, 8-3).

St. Clair Shores Lakeview 48, Marine City 35: Lauren Winn had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Joslyn Brennan 10 points and 10 rebounds for Lakeview (18-0). Marine City is 12-7.

Troy 50, Pontiac 36: Emily Olson scored 10 for Troy (6-10).

Walled Lake Central 47, South Lyon 29: Rizaria Franklin scored 12 for Central (13-3, 9-3 Lakes Valley). Morgan Booth had 11 for South Lyon (7-10, 5-9).

Waterford Lakes 56, Wixom St Catherine 39: Tiffany Senerius scored 27 and Isabelle Kline 11 for Lakes (15-3).

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