Top games this week
Clarkston (9-0) at Oak Park (4-2), 7 p.m. Tuesday: Clarkston is one of the premier teams in the state, using outstanding defense and balanced scoring to win its first nine games. The Wolves have a strong backcourt, including Andrew Myers, Merrick Canada and freshman Foster Loyer. Oak Park is off to a solid start and will now showcase a different team with transfers eligible to play for the first time this season.
Warren De La Salle (6-2) at Birmingham Brother Rice (7-1), 7 p.m. Tuesday: De La Salle had a strong week, defeating high-scoring Trishton Jackson and previously unbeaten West Bloomfield Tuesday, then coming away with a 59-44 Catholic League Central Division win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's with junior guard Kevin McKay scoring 29. Brother Rice battled back from a seven-point deficit with 11/2 minutes left to defeat Detroit Catholic Central in overtime. Kevin Hayes, a 6-6 senior, is an inside presences for Brother Rice, contributing 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Catholic Central.
Detroit Western (8-0) at Detroit East English (6-2), 4 p.m. Friday: Western is the king of the PSL and now has its transfers available in 6-8 Gerald Blackshear and 6-0 Josh McFolley, both Detroit commits. Blackshear will be challenged inside by East English's Cedrick Lattimore, a physical, 6-5, 230-pound junior, while junior guard Karmari Newman will try to cause problems for McFolley and Western junior guard Brailen Neely.
Top games last week
Romulus 68, Dearborn Fordson 64: Romulus knew it would get a test from a physical Fordson team in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue Division game Tuesday night.The score was tied at 64 before Romulus center Rio Washington scored inside off a pass from D'Angelo Hansbro on a pick-and-roll with 11 seconds left for the difference. Rahsaan Pope scored 16 and Jaylin Walker had 14 for Romulus (6-3, 3-0), while senior guard Muhammed Zahr scored 30 for Fordson (7-1, 3-1).
Birmingham Brother Rice 59, Detroit Catholic Central 53 (OT): The game was sloppy and both teams shot poorly, but Brother Rice came back from a seven-point deficit with 11/2 minutes left to defeat Catholic Central in overtime Friday night. Senior Kevin Hayes, a 6-foot-6 senior who is being recruited by Western Michigan and several other MAC schools, had 22 points and 12 rebounds. He also had a critical steal in overtime.
Catholic Central scored the game's first 10 points and led by as many as 13 (22-9) in the first half, but missed 4-of-6 free throws during the final 2 1-2 minutes of regulation. Brother Rice's first lead came in the opening seconds of overtime.
Brother Rice 6-foot-6 senior Kevin Hayes, who is being recruited by Western Michigan and several other MAC schools, had 22 points and 12 rebounds. He also had a critical steal in overtime.
Southfield-Lathrup 57, Clarkston 47: Antoinette Miller scored 19 and helped Lathrup (8-1) hold Clarkston's 6-foot Erika Davenport to 22 points, limiting her to four in the opening half while building a double-digit lead in this OAA showdown. Southfield-Lathrup is 8-1 and is unbeaten against state opponents while Clarkston slipped to 6-3, 0-1 in the league.