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Detroit — Detroit Western International needed a win on Friday over host Pershing to gain ground on Public School League West-leading Detroit Renaissance.

Western coach Derrick McDowell looked at it as an opportunity to gain steam after losing its first two league games, and with an 11-point lead at halftime, he knew that the intensity had to continue on both sides of the ball.

“The message in the locker room was we’ve got to play smarter,” McDowell said. “We gave up some easy baskets. We knew we would come out in the second half and get it going offensively.”

The offense exploded early in the third quarter as Western went on an 11-2 run and never looked back in a 75-52 victory, clamping down on defense as well.

Senior guard Brailen Neely had 18 points to lead Western (7-2, 5-2 PSL West) and forward Josh Long added 14, nine of which came in the first half.

The players got the message at halftime.

“We just had to keep it calm a little bit (in the second half),” Long said. “No turnovers. Nothing like that. Score if we had the shot and get to the line.”

Ron Hill hit a half-court buzzer-beater for Pershing (4-8, 2-4 PSL East) to end the half but struggled to gain any momentum after the break.

“We were just beating ourselves with turovers,” Pershing coach Wydell Henry said. “We’ve got to get better.

“We’re a young team. We have three seniors; everybody else is sophomores and juniors. We’ve got to keep getting better, keep fighting.”

David Syfax led Pershing with 14 points and Hill had 10.

“We had the big lead and got complacent,” McDowell said. “We’ve just got to take care of our leads.”

Both teams will play again on Tuesday as Western hosts Mumford and Pershing travels to Henry Ford.

More boys games

Belleville 77, Dearborn Edsel Ford 57: Daveon Williams had 26 points and eight rebounds and Kelvin Blades had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Belleville (7-2, 5-0 WWAC Blue). Chad Gaillard scored 29 for Edsel Ford (4-6, 1-4).

Birmingham Groves 67, Farmington Hills Harrison 38: Drew Sheckell had 15 points and Marcus Pittman had 14 for Groves (6-4). Russ Campbell scored 11 for Harrison (4-5).

Bloomfield Hills 54, Auburn Hills Avondale 48: Josh Jones had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jake Hecker had 10 for Bloomfield Hills (7-3, 3-0 OAA White). Martone Cole scored 13 for Avondale (3-6, 0-3).

Bloomfield Hills Roeper 48, Westland Huron Valley Lutheran 43: David Gardner had 24 points for Roeper (4-5, 4-1 MIAC Red). His brother Jon Gardner added 16. Alan Hamilton scored 11 for Huron Valley Lutheran (2-5, 1-2).

Canton 61, Plymouth 45: Logan Ryan had 14 points for Canton (11-0). Brent Davis scored 25 for Plymouth (5-6).

Dearborn 60, Redford Union 52: Ali Zahr had 14 points and Hassan Beydoun had 11 for Dearborn (5-6, 3-2 WWAC Red). Kevin Hogains scored 16 for Union (3-8, 1-5).

Dearborn Fordson 54, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 40: Marouf Hamade had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Fordson (4-5, 2-3 WWAC Blue). Hamze Elzayat added 12 points and Yousuf Farhat 11. Malik Rogers scored 22 for Crestwood (3-5, 1-4).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 82, Livonia Clarenceville 43: Jasir Poole had 17 points, Daryl Lockhartt had 14 points and Jashawn Weseley had 12 points and 10 assists for Robichaud (7-2). Quentin Banks scored 14 for Clarenceville (1-6).

Detroit Allen Academy 61, Melvindale ABT 30: Jason Williams had 16 points and six assists, Mark Watts had 12 points and eight rebounds and Drequan Bell and Danny Pitten scored 10 apiece for Allen Academy (8-2). Deontez Ritchie had 16 points for ABT (5-7).

Detroit Catholic Central 51, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 34: Austin Brown had 12 points for Catholic Central (6-2, 2-1 Catholic CD). C.J. Wilson scored 14 for St. Mary’s (4-5, 2-2).

Detroit CMA 49, Detroit Denby 45: Dayshawn Brown and Demonte Jones had 13 points each and Jorden Peterson added 10 for CMA (8-2, 5-2 PSL East Division II). Jakhal Thompson scored 14 for Denby (6-5, 5-2).

Detroit Community Prep 60, Detroit University Prep Science and Math 41: Mark Davis scored 22 and DeMaro Turner had 10 points and nine rebounds for Community Prep (7-2). Darnell Bragg scored 10 for Science and Math.

Detroit Douglass 61, Detroit Southeastern 47: James Smith III had 22 points and eight rebounds and Carlos Byers-Walker and Jarnard Smith Jr. scored 10 apiece for Douglass (7-5). Alante Toward had 21 points for Southeastern.

Detroit Henry Ford 77, Detroit Mumford 62: James Towns had 30 points for Henry Ford (7-5, 4-2 PSL West Division I). Alston Hunter added 18. Donavon Miller scored 20 for Mumford (2-6, 1-5).

Ecorse 56, Taylor Trillium 43: Keeyon Leapheart had 20 points and Kangnovich Germany had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Ecorse (5-5). Isiah Hunt scored 18 for Trillium (2-5).

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 59, Detroit University Prep 53 (OT): Jalen Martin had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Matthew Richmond scored 17 for Chandler Park (8-3, 5-0 Charter). Colin Waldron scored 15 for UPrep (10-1, 4-1).

Livonia Churchill 66, Livonia Franklin 31: Joan Andoni scored 17 for Churchill (8-2, 4-1 KLAA South). Payton Harris scored 11 for Franklin (2-9, 1-4).

Macomb Dakota 83, Warren Cousino 55: Tavon Allison had 21 points, Steven Marshall had 17 points and seven steals and Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 15 points for Dakota (9-0, 4-0 MAC Red). A.J. Crawford had 23 points for Cousino.

Melvindale 61, Gibraltar Carlson 60: Montrez Fuster had 28 points for Melvindale (6-3). Aaron Poole had 16 for Carlson (5-4).

North Farmington 72, Troy Athens 40: Billy Thomas had 31 points and Amauri Hardy had 11 for North Farmington (9-2, 2-1 OAA Red). Hunter Nelson scored 11 for Athens (1-8, 1-2).

Novi Franklin Road Christian 53, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 50: Austin Hearns had 24 points for Franklin Road (8-4, 4-2 MIAC Blue). Brady Fressel scored 19 and Garrett Kraatz 16 for Inter-City (5-4, 2-3).

River Rouge 76, Detroit Henry Ford Academy 52: Bryce Rodgers had 15 points and Robert Williams added 10 for River Rouge (10-1). Henry Ford Academy is 3-5.

Riverview Gabriel Richard 64, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 56: Eric Wiggington had 20 points and Jake Lipetsky had 17 for Gabriel Richard (6-3, 3-0 Catholic AA). Mike Proia scored 21 for Cardinal Mooney (7-3, 3-1).

Rochester Adams 68, Southfield-Lathrup 48: Spencer Littleson had 21 points for Adams (9-1, 1-1 OAA Red). Adam Slating added 15. Alfonso McClain scored 18 for Lathrup (3-7, 0-3).

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 65, Oxford 52: Ben Reiter scored 29 and Spencer Hollomon 12 for Stoney Creek (9-1, 3-0 OAA Blue). Jordan Jedan scored 19 for Oxford (3-6, 2-1).

Romulus 70, Redford Thurston 56: D’Angelo Hansbro had 21 points and Rahshan Pope had 17 for Romulus. D’Eauntae Jackson scored 18 for Thurston (5-5).

Southfield Bradford Academy 69, Romulus Summit Academy 30: Lavelle Williams had 16 points and Tyrone Robinson 14 for Bradford Academy (6-2, 4-1 Charter School). Terrell Whitelaw scored 14 for Summit Academy (2-7, 1-4).

Taylor Kennedy 69, Wyandotte Roosevelt 62: Maceo Anderson had 23 points and Iland Amerson had 19 for Kennedy (8-2, 6-0 Downriver). Jaukwan Parrish scored 19 for Roosevelt (5-5, 3-3).

Walled Lake Central 67, Walled Lake Northern 59: Anton Lucaj had 17 points and Walter Kelser had 14 for Central (9-2, 4-1 KLAA North). Spencer Brown had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Northern (4-7, 2-3).

Warren De La Salle 57, Birmingham Brother Rice 33: Kevin McKay had 15 points for De La Salle (8-3). Matt Torey scored 14 for Brother Rice (3-8).

Warren Michigan Collegiate 77, Dearborn Heights Star International Academy 41: Jordan Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan Collegiate (5-5, 3-2 Charter School Conference). Mohammed Bazzi scored 17 for Star International (2-6, 1-5).

Waterford Lakes 68, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 51: Noah Robak had 21 points, Andrew Kline had 13 and Devin Senerius 10 for Lakes (7-2). Cranbrook is 5-3.

West Bloomfield 59, Troy 45: Kevin McAdoo had 16 points and Gervon Winn and Tre Harvey each had 12 for West Bloomfield (6-3, 3-0 OAA White). Jason Vietz scored 12 for Troy (4-5, 0-3).

Girls basketball

Allen Park 63, Southgate Anderson 22: Erin Fish had 20 points and Audry Newstead added 11 for Allen Park (9-1, 6-0 Downriver). D’Asia Robinson led Southgate (3-7, 2-4) with five.

Canton 31, Plymouth 19: Bre Finn had 13 points for Canton (9-2, 5-0 KLAA South). Hannah Badger scored nine for Plymouth (3-8, 2-3).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 48, Romulus 46: Kayla Brown had 28 points and Monae Palmer scored 16 for Robichaud (6-4, 5-0 Western Wayne). Gabrelle Futch led Romulus (5-5, 4-1 Western Wayne) with 14 points.

Detroit Collegiate Prep/Northwestern 42, Detroit Central Collegiate 29: Faith Bynum had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Unique Edwards had 10 points and 16 rebounds for Collegiate Prep (9-3, 8-1).

Detroit Community 49, Detroit University Prep Science and Math 17: Passion Hargove had 16 points, Shuadra Mcginnis added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Takeya Moodey had 12 points and nine steals for Community (2-3). Gabby Strother scored 11 for Science and Math (0-6).

Detroit Cristo Rey 51, Austin Catholic 24: Nahvia Williams had 15 points and Vanaria Bevelle had 10 for Cristo Rey (9-1, 1-0 Catholic CD). Maria Schudt scored 14 for Austin Catholic (1-6, 0-2).

Detroit East English Village 47, Detroit Cody 21: Cerra Mahorn-Holmes scored 14 for East English (7-5).

Detroit King 75, Detroit Cass Tech 35: Tia Tedford had 19 points, Micaela Kelly had 16 and Alicia Norman 10 for King (12-1). Zoey Oatis scored 19 and Ashley Primas 12 for Cass Tech (7-6).

Detroit Loyola 62, Dearborn Divine Child 38: Romari Ennis had 21 points and Blaine Woodland had 11 for Loyola (8-3, 4-0 Catholic). Jordan Jones scored 10 for Divine Child (7-2, 2-1).

Detroit Mumford 71, Detroit Henry Ford 39: Deanna Fletcher had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Donnetta Tolbert had 13 points and 10 assists for Mumford (11-4). Tiera Thomas scored 12 for Henry Ford.

Detroit Southeastern 48, Detroit DIA 9: Keeiona Howse had 19 points for Southeastern (11-3, 7-2 PSL East II). Erica Pruitt added 10.

Detroit West Side Academy 35, Detroit Davis Aerospace 10: Ashlee Diamond scored nine points and Ashiya Amos had eight for West Side (3-6). Kenosha Coleman scored six for Davis Aerospace (0-9).

Garden City 53, Dearborn Edsel Ford 39: Aleea Montgomery had 18 points and Lindsey Michalak and Amber Swisher had 12 each for Garden City (4-8). Edsel Ford is 5-6.

Grosse Pointe North 66, Utica Ford 38: Katie Snow had 20 points for North (9-1, 3-1 MAC Red). Julia Ayrault added 18 and Lauren Lesha 10. Julia Cianferra scored 10 for Ford (5-6, 1-4).

Hartland 55, Grand Blanc 29: Graysen Cockerham had 12 points and Lexey Tobel had 11for Hartland (9-2, 4-1 KLAA West). Maija Gillum scored 12 for Grand Blanc (2-8, 0-5).

Madison Heights Lamphere 52, New Haven 22: Allison Berger and Morganne Holdreith had 12 points apiece and Deaija Ray had 11for Lamphere (4-6, 3-2 MAC Silver). New Haven is 2-8, 1-4.

Roseville 75, Center Line 68 (OT): Nija Collier had 46 points and 19 rebounds and Chantae Parker had 18 points for Roseville (7-3). Brooke Junaud scored 29 for Center Line.

Sterling Heights 55, Macomb L’anse Creuse North 43: Kendal Ring had 14 points and Mariah Nelson 13 for Sterling Heights (6-5, 2-2 MAC White). Mya Olekseak scored 18 and Nysha Seed 12 for North (2-8, 0-5).

Taylor Baptist Park 48, Bloomfield Hills Roeper 38: Mikayla Thompson had 24 points for Baptist Park (4-2, 2-2 MIAC Blue). Kallie McElroy added 13. Akwia Tilton scored 12, Alexis Johnson 11 and Hailey Samples 10 for Roeper (8-3, 2-2).

Trenton 31, Taylor Truman 29: Kaylie Crowell scored 13, including the winning 3-pointer with four seconds left, for Trenton (6-4, 2-4 Downriver).

Warren Michigan Collegiate 60, Dearborn Heights Star International 7: Lanae Foster had 14 points and Autumn Griggs-Zeigler had 13 for Michigan Collegiate (6-5, 4-1 Charter School). Ayah Beidoun scored three for Star International (0-5, 0-5).

Hockey

Capital Area Patriots 6, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 2: D.J. Putnam scored twice for Capital Area (4-9). Griffin Sherry and Noah Barczyk scored for Foley (2-12).

Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer; News staff contributed

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