Wednesday’s roundup: Sewell’s tip trips Western

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — Terrance Sewell had a dream come true Wednesday.

It, however, was a nightmare for defending PSL champion Detroit Western.

Sewell scored off a tip-in as time expired to help Northwestern pull off a 64-63 upset of Western, the defending state champions, in the PSL quarterfinals.

A 6-foot-3 senior guard, Sewell started the final play by rebounding Karim Murray’s missed free throw on the front end of a 1-and-1 with eight seconds left.

After Northwestern junior point guard Kylan Shipp missed a driving lay-up and teammate John Ivory failed to convert on the tip, Sewell came crashing in to tip the ball through the basket and kick off a wild celebration.

“I just had to come in and tap it and try to get my team the win,” said Sewell, who finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. “I didn’t know how much time was left. I just had to hurry up and tip it in.”

Sewell enrolled at Western last spring, but returned to Northwestern. He was ineligible to play until last month, but has averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds since his return.

“This is my biggest high school win,” said Sewell, who scored eight the final quarter.

It was an entertaining game from the opening tip, with Western holding the largest lead at nine points when senior guard Armani Tinsley made his sixth 3-pointer to open up a 63-54 cushion with 2:02 left.

Northwestern’s press, however, caused problems, and Western turned the ball over three times the final two minutes.

“We never quit,” Northwestern second-year coach Matt Blount said. “We just don’t quit and that’s one thing that we try to instill in these guys. ... You have to keep pushing.”

Western led 16-14 after one and the game was tied at 28 at halftime.

The third quarter featured seven lead changes, with Tinsley’s fifth 3-pointer of the quarter giving Western a 49-45 lead with 20 seconds left.

Cameron Lamar made a 3-pointer with 22.1 seconds left to pull Northwestern within 63-62. Lamar finished with eight, and Shipp had 18.

Tinsley led Western with 26 points.

More PSL playoffs

East English Village 81, Henry Ford 76: Greg Elliott made sure East English Village avoided an upset in the PSL quarterfinal at Cass Tech, making several big plays down the stretch in the victory.

East English (14-3) faces Northwestern in one semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Cass Tech, after Renaissance takes on King at 5 p.m.

It seemed like every time Henry Ford (10-7) took the lead in the fourth quarter, Elliott followed by scoring a basket or free throw. He scored eight of his team-high 19 points during the final 3:26.

Trailing 68-66 after a 3-pointer by Henry Ford’s Deontae Ulmer, Elliott scored off a putback to pull East English even. He scored off a steal to pull even again at 71-71 then made four straight free throws to turn a 74-73 deficit into a 77-74 cushion with 1:10 left.

After Henry Ford pulled within a single point, Elliott was one of four players who touched the ball while breaking the press, leading to Cedrick Lattimore’s layup for a 79-76 lead with 14.6 seconds remaining.

“We do situational stuff in practice so it comes easy to us in games,” Elliott said. “We love having Ced (Lattimore) down there. I don’t know how we got it to him, but it got there and was a bucket.”

Henry Ford senior point guard James Towns scored 22, but was limited to five during the second half and missed a three-pointer with 4.2 seconds left. DeVontayes Webb also scored 22 for Henry Ford, scoring 16 second-half points. Webb made six 3-pointers.

More boys

Southfield Bradford Academy 61, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 51: Tyrone Robinson led Bradford Academy (10-4) with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while TaMarion Johnson added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Arbor Prep is 8-5.

Warren Cousino 74, Warren Mott 61: A.J. Crawford had 39 points and Gavin Moore 11 for Cousino (6-8). D’Laino Page had 16 for Mott (6-8).

Detroit Loyola 65, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 44: DeQuan Powell had 22 points and P.J. Mitchell had 10 for Loyola (12-3, 8-0 Catholic AA). Joe Chavey had 16 for Gabriel Richard.

Girls

Farmington Hills Mercy 52, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 50: Jackie Bauer had 13 points for Mercy (12-4). Kayla Brown had 17 and Kamaria McDaniel 13 for Robichaud (10-6).

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