Edwards' double-double leads Cass Tech in PSL tourney

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News

Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern sit about eight minutes apart.

Eight minutes also separated the two boys basketball teams in the Detroit Public School League Tournament Friday in Cass Tech's 62-55 overtime win over host Northwestern.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Northwestern.

Cass Tech coach David Dixon said Northwestern's team and its crowd were factors in forcing overtime.

"They're (Northwestern) a very tough, scrappy team," he said. "They started making shots (and) their crowd got into it. That's kind of what pushed us into overtime."

Rob Edwards recorded a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cass Tech (7-9, 5-5 PSL).

"He played with great intensity," Dixon said of the 6-foot-2 Cleveland State University early signee. "He played a very good all-around game. He's a big-time player and he made some big-time plays."

Mike Famar and Leonard Silas rounded out the scoring for Cass Tech with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Dixon said his team played well in overtime. Edwards scored eight points and the rest of the team held Northwestern to one shot.

"We came out and we scored quickly off the tip," he said. "They really didn't have an answer for (Edwards)."

Darwin Weiss paced Northwestern (5-8, 5-5) with 17 points.

Cass Tech advances to face Detroit Western — ranked 25th in the country by USA Today and second in Class A by the MHSAA. Western also beat Cass Tech on Wednesday, 85-69.

"We have a very tough game ahead of us," Dixon said. "We have a very young team with only two seniors, they're very excited for the challenge."

Al Willman is a freelance writer.