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Friday's roundup: Western, Renaissance in PSL final

Al Willman
Special to the Detroit News
Western's Greg Burris goes in for a dunk.

Detroit — The fourth quarter was the difference for Detroit Western in its 70-60 win over Detroit Pershing in the PSL semifinals at Cass Tech High School Friday afternoon.

Josh McFolley was the leading scorer for Western (16-0) with 30 points. Fellow Mount Clemens transfer and University of Detroit Mercy commit Gerard Blackshear added 16 and 15 rebounds.

"Finally," Western coach Derrick McDowell said of the 6-foot guard.

McFolley said his coaches were the reason for his performance.

"They told me to be aggressive," he said. "I was just doing what they told me to do."

David Syfax led Pershing (9-8) with 14 points. Max Felder, the younger brother of Oakland University guard and Pershing alum Khalil Felder, added 14.

McDowell also credited Pershing for its play.

"The last five, ten years that's been the best program in the state," he said.

The teams kept things close in the first half — despite runs of 6-2 and 7-2 for Western, it only took a 30-24 lead into the break.

Blackshear and McFolley combined for 22 of Western's 30 first-half points.

After ending the third quarter with a 46-43 lead, Western ran away with it — despite scrappy play on both sides.

"We didn't come down and score when we needed to score," Pershing coach Wydell Henry said.

Things got physical for both teams late in the fourth quarter. Felder was assessed a technical foul early in the fourth for tripping a Western player, and later fouled out with 47.1 seconds remaining.

Renaissance 50, East English 46

Less than one minute was the difference between a tie game and a finals berth as Renaissance advanced to the PSL finals.

Justin Turner led Renaissance with 17 points. Darryl Smith added 14 and Jalen Tobias 10.

"It was a good game," Renaissance coach Venias Jordan Jr. said.

Karmari Newman paced East English with 18 points.

Renaissance got off to a fast start, leading 16-6 with 1:48 to go in the first quarter. East English responded with a 9-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Chris Rollins at the buzzer, making the score 16-15 Renaissance after one.

The second quarter was close for both teams, with the score 27-27 at the half.

Neither team scored for the first three minutes of the third quarter until Renaissance's Rayshon Johnson made a jumper with exactly five minutes to go. East English took a 39-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

East English did not record its first foul until the 4:39 mark of the fourth.

With 3:20 to go, Renaissance's Alaric Jackson, a 6-foot-8 forward, tied the score at 46 with a 3-pointer.

Jackson said he's taken about 10 3-pointers this season, including practice.

"It's what I do, baby," he joked.

Turner hit the winning floater from eight feet with 56.9 seconds left.

Jackson — whom Jordan called Renaissance's best free-throw shooter — sealed the win with two free throws and 3.4 seconds left.

"I knew if I put them in, I'd go to Calihan," Jackson said.

Western will take on Renaissance at 7 p.m. next Friday at Calihan Hall.

More boys basketball

Canton 62, Livonia Franklin 31: Greg Williams scored 14 and Obi Okoli 11 for Canton (13-3, 8-2 KLAA South). Johnny Cantrell had 14 for Franklin (0-16, 0-10).

Clinton Township Clintondale 63, Marine City 42: Von Johnson had 14 points and Josh Jackson 11 for Clintondale (12-2, 8-1 MAC Silver). Alex Merchant had 14 for Marine City (2-13, 1-9).

Dearborn Fordson 67, Dearborn Edsel Ford 57: Muhammed Zahr scored 30 and Jonas Williams had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Fordson (12-4 7-3 WWAC Blue). Chad Gailliard scored 19 and Donovan Sarrelo 14 for Edsel Ford (10-6, 6-4).

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 65, Redford Thurston 54: Imante Bosques scored 16 and Esa Abduljami 15 for Crestwood (12-4, 9-1 WWAC Red). Deaunte Jackson scored 13 for Thurston (14-2, 9-1).

Detroit Westside Christian 70, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 48: Treyvon Trammer scored 17 for UPSM (3-12). Westside Christian is 9-3.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 62, Novi Franklin Road Christian 44: Spencer Ewing finished with 23 points and Thomas Jackson 14 for University Liggett (10-5, 7-4 MEAC Blue). Gavin Harris scored 15 for Franklin Road.

Hazel Park 71, Berkley 69 (OT): Julius Giles scored 30 and Karl Bow 20 for Hazel Park. Jonathan Radner finished with 25 points for Berkley.

Highland Park 65, Melvindale ABT 51: Calvin Lee had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Highland Park (7-7, 5-4 MMAC). Lavail Russell scored 19 for ABT.

Livonia Churchill 62, Wayne Memorial 51: Jalen Davis scored 15 and Brett Bonarek 13 for Churchill (11-5, 7-3 KLAA South). Marques Stokes finished with 14 points for Memorial (4-12, 2-8).

Macomb Dakota 72, Fraser 46: Alex Hagel had 15 points and seven rebounds, Chris Marshall scored 12 and Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 10 points and six assists for Dakota (13-2). Shawn Jackson scored 12 for Fraser (5-9).

New Haven 84, Warren Woods-Tower 71 (OT): D'Monta Harris had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Austin Sherrell had 19 points and five steals for New Haven (15-0, 9-0 MAC Gold). Darius Jordan scored 32 for Woods-Tower (9-7, 5-4).

Orchard Lake St. Mary's 58, Detroit Catholic Central 51: Jason Boswell had 17 points and Evan Henry 11 for St. Mary's (7-8). Ike Marchie scored 11 for Catholic Central.

Riverview Gabriel Richard 51, Detroit Cristo Rey 33: Jake Lipetzky scored 16, Anthony Brown 12 and John Lemieux 10 for Gabriel Richard (11-5 7-1 Catholic League Intersectional). Travis Watson scored eight for Cristo Rey (6-4, 4-4).

Romulus 67, Belleville 58: Jaylin Walker had 21 points and eight rebounds and Reo Washington had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Romulus (13-5, 9-1 WWAC). Michael Bruce scored 18 for Belleville (9-8, 6-3).

Salem 60, South Lyon 39: Allante Wheeler scored 16, Jon Swift 13 and Kenny Topolovec 11 points and 11 rebounds for Salem (13-3, 9-1 KLAA Central). South Lyon is 3-12, 2-8.

Southfield Christian 70, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 63: Bryce Washington scored 17, Kameron Garner 12 and Marlo Brown 11 for Southfield Christian (13-3, 12-0 MIAC Blue). Nathaniel Pardo scored 16, Josh Estell 12 and Garrett Kraatz 11 for Inter-City (12-3, 9-2).

Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 82, Taylor Baptist Park 78: Caleb Shumake scored 24 for Parkway Christian (10-5, 8-1 MIAC Red). Anthony Kaminski had 41 points and 16 rebounds for Baptist Park (7-7, 5-4).

Taylor Kennedy 83, Melvindale 59: Andia Marsh scored 18 and Ciante Roach 16 for Kennedy (12-2, 10-1 Downriver). Koby Boynton scored 17 for Melvindale (5-7, 1-8).

U-D Jesuit 47, Warren De La Salle 36: Cassius Winston scored 20 for Jesuit (14-2, 7-1 Catholic Central). Kevin McKay scored 16 for De La Salle (8-8, 3-5).

Utica 66, Grosse Pointe South 55: Parker Chamiel scored 24, and Caden Ebeling and Kris Zaclli each had 11 for Utica (7-7, 7-3 MAC Blue). Sam Hunter had 17 and Sam Kingsley 12 for South (12-4, 7-3).

Utica Ford 56, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 52: Sammy Rizzo swcored 23 and Alex Ott 17 for Ford (8-6). Max Cook scored 17 for L'Anse Creuse.

Walled Lake Central 70, Waterford Mott 43: Walter Kelser scored 22 and Ade Ogundeji 13 for Central (13-3, 9-1 KLAA North). Emillio Pena finished with 19 points for Mott (7-8, 4-5).

Warren Mott 75, Romeo 69: Claude Sinley scored 31, D'Laino Paige 14 and James Washington had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Mott (6-8, 4-4 MAC Red). Paxton Preil scored 21 for Romeo (5-9, 4-5).

Waterford Our Lady of Lakes 65, Allen Park Cabrini 36: Nick Robak scored 16 and Devin Senerius 15 for Lakes (16-0, 8-0 Catholic League Intersectional). Scott Smith scored eight for Cabrini (1-12, 0-6).

Westland John Glenn 69, Plymouth 55: Mike Edwards scored 22 and Tariq Hunter 16 for Glenn (8-8). Randall Akins scored 27 for Plymouth (11-5).

Ypsilanti 62, Dexter 52: Marlin Talley scored 19 and Kendrick Williams 16 for Ypsilanti (12-4, 7-0 SEC White). Ben Kill scored 18 for Dexter (12-4, 5-2)

Girls

Allen Park 43, Wyandotte Roosevelt 35: Olivia Keeley scored 11 for Allen Park (12-4, 9-2 Downriver). Wyandotte is 8-7, 5-6.

Clarkston 52, North Farmington 43: Erika Davenport scofred 17 for Clarkston (11-5, 4-3 OAA Red). Megan Carter scored 20 and Kierra Crockett 15 for North Farmington (11-6, 2-5).

Detroit University Prep Science & Math 68, River Rouge 37: Sandra Guilford had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Tashania Morris scored 10 for UPSM (10-3). Constance Woodland scored 22 for River Rouge (9-6).

Lansing Catholic 37, Ionia 31: Jaylynn Williams scored 18 for Ionia (9-8).

Macomb Dakota 42, Fraser 32: Carmen Hoskins and Emily Langolf each scored 14 for Dakota (3-13). Sasha Parker had nine for Fraser (11-4).

Northville 44, South Lyon East 21: Maria Modkins scored 14, and Emily Merish and Jessica Moorman 10 each for Northville (11-5). East is 10-6.

Royal Oak 41, Birmingham Groves 31: Rachel Long scored 11 and Bailey Haran 10 for Royal Oak (11-5, 6-1 OAA Blue). Qunoche Carter had 13 for Groves (3-12, 0-7).

Southfield 56, Pontiac 20: Tazjanae Bryant scored 10 for Southfield (15-2, 7-0 OAA Gold). Jasmine Blue had six for Pontiac.

Al Willman is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.