Wednesday's roundup: Renaissance moves to PSL semifinal

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — Freshman Jalen Tobias took it upon himself to step up and score during the fourth quarter for Detroit Renaissance while his teammates and Detroit CMA struggled to find the basket in a Public School League boys basketball tournament quarterfinal Wednesday evening.

Tobias, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored nine of his 11 points during the fourth quarter to turn a 26-21 deficit into a 39-31 victory at Renaissance. Renaissance (11-6) moves on to a 7 p.m. semifinal Friday at Cass Tech against East English Village Prep, a 72-65 winner over Henry Ford.

Tobias was forced to the bench with a minute left in the third after picking up his third foul with CMA (12-4) holding the lead.

Then, after CMA guard Damonte Jones scored off a driving layup to give his team its largest lead at 28-21, Tobias went to work, scoring on a three-point play and a pair of transition baskets to give Renaissance a 31-28 lead with 5:20 left.

Senior guard Justin Turner also contributed during the 10-0 run to open up that Renaissance lead, getting away from the trap and finding 6-7, 285-pound center A.J. Jackson for a three-point play.

The officials let the teams play and Jackson was hard to score on, blocking shots and altering others while piling up a dozen rebounds. Turner also finished with 11 points.

"It's the PSL, that's what you expect," Turner said of the physical play. "I love it. We just stay poised and we got the ball to the open man and converted shots (during the fourth quarter)."

"Of course I love playing in physical games, it's my style," said Jackson, a talented tackle in football who has received an offer from Kansas and had Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watching him play basketball two weeks ago.

Renaissance was without starting point guard Richard Talley, who injured his ankle during the final minutes of a 50-47 win over King last week.

"That's a good team," Renaissance coach Vito Jordan said of CMA. "We didn't have our starting point guard and we went out with a big lineup and that probably hurt us because they were in a triangle-and-two and we had no ballhandler. They were just on Justin Turner and Darryl Smith and we struggled, but we got the stops."

Renaissance limited CMA to 2-of-11 shooting during the final quarter, 13-of-35 for the game.

In the end, Jordan was praising Tobias, saying: "He's a phenomenal athlete. He might be the best athlete in the city. He did it all on athleticism, just running, jumping, trying to guard somebody and get rebounds. He's definitely still learning."

The game didn't start well for CMA, which received a technical foul for bringing the wrong uniforms. Later, CMA coach Ralph Peterson was called for a technical foul following Renaissance's run in the fourth quarter when he slammed a plastic chair after a turnover, sending pieces flying onto the court.

Damonte Jones scored 10 for CMA, including the lay-up for the 28-21 lead, but was held scoreless the rest of the way.

East English rallies for win

Things were looking pretty bad for East English in the opening minutes of the second half of its PSL quarterfinal game against Henry Ford.

East English standout guard Karmari Newman went down with an ankle injury in the first minute and limped to the bench, and Henry Ford (12-5) took advantage with a 16-0 run to open up an 18-point lead (46-28) halfway through the third quarter.

Junior guard Chris Rollins rallied East English (15-3) back, scoring 11 of his game-high 21 points during the second half to lead his team to a 72-65 overtime win.

"Chris is a wonderful player," said junior center Cedrick Lattimore, who had 12 points, four in overtime. "He made some big shots and took care of the ball for us as our point guard.

"We just stuck together, stayed together as a team and Karmari kept leading us, even from the bench."

Rollins made a 25-footer to cut the deficit to 52-43 heading into the fourth quarter. He then scored eight during an 11-2 run to pull East English even at 54, including a coast-to-coast layup followed by a 3-pointer.

"We're a good team, we stayed together and didn't let that (Newman's injury) get us down," Rollins said. "I came through down the stretch, but I had a couple of plays I still wish I could have back. That (three at end of the third) was a big momentum change for us."

Forward Jay McFadden scored 17 for East English and Newman, who averages 22.5 points, scored eight.

James Towns led Henry Ford with 17 points and Antwan Johnson scored 13.

East English, which defeated Henry Ford, 83-74, last week, limited Western Michigan-bound guard Josh Davis to eight points, 10 under his average.

"We made sure our defense denied him the ball and made other players make plays for them," Rollins said. "I guess that strategy worked."

More boys

Clinton Township Clintondale 62, Center Line 59 (OT): Von Johnson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Clintondale (12-2, 7-1 MAC Silver). Devon Robinson scored 16 for Center Line.

Detroit Allen Academy 78, Ecorse 66: Jason Williams Jr. had 26 points, Danny Pippen had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Drequan Bell scored 19 for Allen Academy (7-7). Keeyon Leapheart had 22 for Ecorse.

Southfield 85, Southfield-Lathrup 58: Isaiah Green had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Flowers scored 15 and Karl Patrick 10 for Southfield (8-6).

Warren Michigan Collegiate 64, Romulus Summit Academy 54 (OT): Jamell Green had 18 points, Justin Parker had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Malcolm Cohen had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Collegiate (12-3, 6-2 Charter School). Cory Hicks scored 24 for Summit Academy (8-8, 4-4).

Girls

Farmington Hills Mercy 57, Croswell-Lexington 35: Taylor Jones had 19 points for Mercy (13-3). Claire Knapp scored 10 for Croswell-Lexington (13-3).

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