Detroit Henry Ford used a huge second-half to turn a close boys basketball contest into an 80-48 runaway victory over Detroit Allen Academy on Friday in the Sixth Annual Detroit Public School League Holiday Hoops Classic at Detroit Renaissance.
Henry Ford led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter and took a 35-25 advantage into halftime. But Henry Ford widened the gap after numerous turnovers and fast-break points ignited a pair of 10-0 runs, giving it a commanding 60-35 lead heading into the fourth.
"The first half was kind of close because we were feeling each other out," Henry Ford coach Kenneth Flowers said. "In the second half, we came out and dominated. We turned up the defensive pressure and the score ballooned from there."
According to Flowers, one major point of emphasis in the second half was slowing down Allen Academy guard Jason Williams Jr.
"Jason is a good guard and we wanted to take the ball out of his hands," Flowers said. "It was a collective assignment to shut him down. We double-teamed him and wore him down. We would have one kid on him for three or four plays and then switch."
James Towns led Henry Ford with 20 points and four assists, while Joshua Davis (Western Michigan) recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
"Josh was doing it all for us. He was all over the place," Flowers said. "James had a point guard matchup with Jason and it was a real good game between those two. (Josh and James) did a good job stopping Jason, and we went from there."
Williams finished with 21 points for Allen Academy (1-2).
With the win, Henry Ford is off to its first 5-0 start since 2008.
More PSL Holiday Hoops Classic
Detroit CMA 52, Detroit Community 49: Demonte Jones had 20 points for CMA (2-2). Otis Funchen scored 17 for Community.
Detroit Mumford 61, Southfield-Lathrup 50: Arshaun Parker scored 20 and Brandon Green 14 for Mumford (3-2). Fred John had 29 points for Lathrup (0-3).
Detroit Renaissance 62, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 29: Jalen Tobias scored 12 for Renaissance (3-0). Trayvon Traimmer scored 10 for University Prep (1-4).
Farmington 46, Detroit Cass Tech 42: Ryan Coucke scored 11, while Justin Banks and Austin Thompson each had 10 for Farmington (3-1). Gary Solomon scored 11 for Cass Tech (3-2).
Motor City Roundball Classic
Detroit Pershing 59, Warren Mott 52:Troy Campbell scored 38 to lead Pershing (2-2).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 57, Royal Oak Shrine 55: Jaren English scored 21 and Jorden Peterson added 13 to lead Liggett (3-1). Thomas Peaslee had 14 points and Andrew North 13 for Shrine.
Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 70, Pontiac 59: Jalen Martin earned MVP honors with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Calvin Siebert scored 15 for Chandler Park (2-2). Justin Lavallis scored 18, Israel Williams 14 and Reggie Somerville 12 for Pontiac (3-1).
Howell 70, St. Clair Shores South Lake 66: D.J. Klett had 19 points and Justin Butka 13 for Howell. Damon Tillman scored 17 and Jeff Golden 14 for South Lake.
Michigan City 67, Ypsilanti 58: Shanquan Hemphill had 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Jaronde Boyd had 15 points for Michigan City. Ken Williams scored 16 and Corey Allen 10 for Ypsilanti.
River Rouge 63, Cincinnati Withrow 55: LaMonta Stone II had 24 points, Mateeya Jones had 16 and Jalen Gibson 12 for River Rouge. Davon Jordan and Calvin English each scored 16 for Withrow.
Toldeo Rogers 60, Grand Rapids Union 52: Antoine Willaims had 14 points and Cameron Copeland 12 for Rogers. Curtis Davison scored 19 for Union.
More boys basketball
Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 66, Algonac 35: Max Cook had 17 points and Tavin Allison 16 for L'Anse Creuse (2-1).
Girls Motor City Roundball Classic
Bay City All Saints 41, Detroit Consortium 39: Paige Judd scored 15 for All Saints (3-3). Consortium is 2-4.
Bay City John Glenn 46, Grand Rapids Union 38: Jenai LaPorte scored 25 for John Glenn (4-2). Union is 3-1.
Kalamzoo Central 59, Detroit Collegiate Prep 21: Sadia Johnson scored 15 for Central (4-0). Collegiate Prep is 2-3.
Romulus 50, Reese 40: Chassidy Barlow had 21 points for Romulus (5-1). Reese is 4-3.
Southfield 54, McBain 34: Stormeigh Mattison had 19 points and Kristilynn Defoe 11 for Southfield (5-1). Meredith Hamlet scored 14 for McBain (3-3).
Southfield Lathrup 52, Chicago Crete Monee 46: Antoinette Miller scored 16 to lead Lathrup (3-1). Crete Monee falls to 8-6.
Waterford Kettering 64, Woodhaven 35: Emily Bernas scored 19 for Kettering (5-0). Woodhaven is 3-2.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.