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Detroit — Jordan Whitford’s 15-footer with three seconds left proved to be the difference in No. 10 Detroit King’s 50-48 PSL win over No. 7 Detroit Cass Tech Friday afternoon before a packed house of nearly 1,500 at King.

Whitford, a front-runner for the Mr. PSL Award, made the jumper and was mobbed by his teammates and fans who went on the floor to celebrate after King (11-1, 7-1) avenged its earlier season loss (55-41, Dec. 18) at Cass Tech.

And, while the officials put 1.1 seconds back on the clock, a riot almost took place with fans again coming out of the seats, but school officials, coaches and security acted quickly to avoid a problem.

After a delay of nearly 10 minutes, Cass Tech (9-2, 7-1) — which needed to go the length of the floor — had its inbounds pass stolen near midcourt to end the game.

“I knew all along if they left me open it was going up,” said Whitford, who finished with 13 points. “Coach (George Ward) told me to get the ball and he told me whatever happens after that, he wins with me or he loses with me and that’s what I like about Coach.

“Our bigs played a big role. We kind of got beat a little bit in the first half. Coach told them to step it up and that’s what they did. It feels so good (to beat Cass Tech). It feels so good.”

King is known for its strong defense and it had four blocks in the opening quarter and 11 for the game, the final one coming when John Massey Jr. rejected Daniel Autry’s layup  at one end, leading to a transition basket by Whitford at the other end for a 48-46 King lead with 41.1 seconds left.

“Coach told me to keep going after it and when they went up for the layup I had to go up and get it,” said Massey who finished with six points and three blocks, including one in the opening quarter when his teammate Kayshawn Cowan blocked two and sophomore Omar Zeigler blocked Kalil Whitehead 1 1/2 minutes into the game.

Zeigler scored nine for King and Whitehead scored nine for Cass Tech which also received 10 from Autry.

Cass Tech junior point guard Tyson Acuff scored 17, making a driving layup with 22 seconds left to pull his team even at 48.

In the end, it was King’s rebounding at the offensive end which played a key role in the win.

With King going cold from the perimeter — missing five of its last six 3-pointers, Massey and Keith Tate Jr. each scored off of putbacks to turn a 42-40 deficit into a 44-42 lead with four minutes left.

And, it was important that King was able to take the lead since Whitford had picked up his fourth foul with 5:13 remaining.

Acuff was outstanding, scoring eight during a 18-5 run to end the half to turn a 17-11 deficit into a 29-22 halftime lead.

Then, Acuff opened up the second half with a runner to give Cass Tech its largest lead (31-22) before Whitford answered to keep King in the game.

King freshman guard Chauncy Willis Jr. scored 12, making a 3-pointer in each quarter, including his final one to pull his team within 42-40 with 5:20 left.

“Coach (George Ward) told me to keep shooting so that’s what I did,” said Willis, who was 4-of-6 from deep range.

King will face No. 12 Clarkston (12-2) in Saturday's Horatio Williams Foundation tournament at 6:30 at Warren Fitzgerald.

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