This week's top high school basketball games
Top games last week
Detroit East English 72, Detroit Henry Ford 65 (OT): Junior guard Chris Rollins helped East English rally from a 19-point third-quarter deficit, making a 25-foot 3-pointer to end the third quarter, then scoring eight more during an 11-2 run that pulled his team even at 54. East English junior center Cedrick Lattimore scored four of his 12 points during overtime and played a key role in limiting Henry Ford to four points in the the extra sessions of this PSL quarterfinal.
Birmingham Brother Rice 59, U-D Jesuit 54: Brother Rice earned a statement win to show defending Catholic League champion U-D it will have a challenge on its hands in the upcoming conference tournament. Kevin Hayes, a 6-6 senior forward, had a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) to hand U-D its first league loss. Standout junior point guard Cassius Winston scored 18 in the loss.
Grosse Pointe South 62, Warren Cousino 60: Cierra Rice scored 31 to help South (12-3, 8-1) avenge an earlier 45-43 loss to Cousino (14-3, 7-2) in the MAC Red showdown for first place. Sophomore Kierra Fletcher scored 36 in the loss after a 20-point, 14-rebound performance in the series opener.
Top games this week
Grosse Pointe South (12-3) at Southfield-Lathrup (14-1), 7 p.m. Tuesday: South, the top team in the MAC Red, faces Lathrup, the premier team in the OAA, in a showdown between state powers. South is led by point guard Cierra Rice, while Lathrup has a big inside presence in 6-3 junior Taiye Bello and her twin sister, Kehinde.
Detroit Cass Tech (15-3) vs. Detroit King (16-0), 5 p.m. Friday at Calihan Hall: Cass Tech guards K'lynn Willis and Taylor Parker will try to slow down King standout Janae Williams, but the big question is whether Cass Tech can stop the inside game of King's Malyasia McHenry, who had 21 points and 17 rebounds in a semifinal win over Renaissance a week ago. King defeated Cass Tech in the PSL title game in 2013 and '14 and won by seven, 54-47, at Cass Tech earlier this season.
Detroit Western (17-0) vs. Detroit Renaissance (11-6), 7 p.m. Friday at Calihan Hall: Western will try to win the PSL title while keeping its unbeaten season intact against a Renaissance team which has won seven straight since ending a five-game skid which included a 58-41 loss at Western Jan. 13. Junior guard Brailen Neely has played well all season for Western, which received strong performances from transfers Josh McFolley (30 points) and Gerald Blackshear (16 points, 15 rebounds) Friday in a 70-60 PSL semifinal win over Pershing. Renaissance is led by 6-4 junior guard Justin Turner and 6-7, 285-pound junior center A.J. Jackson.