East English, Renaissance advance to Detroit PSL final
Detroit — It looked like Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern was on the verge of pulling off its second upset in as many games Friday night at Detroit Cass Tech but Jaylin McFadden had other ideas.
McFadden got a steal, then made a layup with two seconds left for the difference in Detroit East English Village’s 71-70 victory in a Detroit Public School League semifinal.
East English (15-3) will play Detroit Renaissance (15-2) in the PSL title game next Friday at Calihan Hall.
Northwestern, which upset defending state and PSL champion Detroit Western in Wednesday’s quarterfinal, took a 70-68 lead on Kylan Shipp’s steal and layup with 25 seconds left.
Then, East English had a chance to pull even with 7.7 seconds left, but McFadden missed the second of his two free throws.
Northwestern (12-4) had the ball and the lead, but pressure applied by 6-foot-5 Cedric Lattimore and 6-3 Greg Elliott forced Terrance Sewell into a bad inbounds pass, which was picked off by McFadden near midcourt.
McFadden took the ball to the basket and scored to start a wild celebration.
And, it was Sewell who was celebrating Wednesday after his tip-in as time expired was the difference in the 64-63 win over Western.
“It’s not over until its zero-zero,” said McFadden, who finished with five points. “We got a good steal, good play-calling by the team and it was a good defensive stop. He (Coach Juan Rickman) told me if I get it to just go and I thank my team for trusting me.”
Shipp scored 24 and Sewell had 15, but was limited to just four points during the second half.
Senior guard Kamari Newman scored 28, Elliott had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Lattimore 15 points and 10 rebounds for East English.
It was Lattimore who rallied East English back from a 54-42 third-quarter deficit, first scoring on a tip-in, then on a three-point play to quickly cut the deficit to 54-47.
Still, Lattimore just wanted to talk about the winning play.
“(Sewell) inbounded the ball and we had good pressure up front, me and G (Elliott) and all credit goes to Jaylin,” said Lattimore who signed to play football at Iowa earlier this month. “Jaylin played the pass, got the steal and took the ball hard to the basket and scored.
“He (Sewell) had no other choice but to throw the ball over the top and Jaylin made a great play. I wanted to win this game bad. I haven’t won a championship since I’ve been here. This was big for us.”
Northwestern’s Cameron Lamar scored 10 and made two 3-pointers and Calvin Fair thrilled the crowd with his ballhandling and scored nine before fouling out with 3:42 left.
Shipp would have been the hero if not for McFadden’s steal. Shipp scored eight in the opening quarter, making two 3-pointers for a 22-17 lead. He made four threes for the game.
Renaissance 65, King 44: Justin Turner was going to make sure Renaissance had another opportunity to play for the PSL championship.
Turner, a 6-4 senior guard, scored 25 to help Renaissance put on a dominating performance.
Turner was aggressive from the opening tip, helping Renaissance’s transition game go smoothly. He scored five points in the early minutes, then found back-up center Michael Jacob inside for a pair of layups to open up a 14-5 lead.
Then, Turner scored all nine points during a 9-1 run over the first four minutes of the second to open up a 26-11 cushion.
“We have good athletes on our team so we can get up and down the floor,” said Turner, who is averaging 20.1 points. “We knew King is a fast, young team so we knew we could get up and down with them.”
Renaissance senior point guard Richard Talley was pretty special as well. Talley scored 15 and had a handful of assists in the transition game.
Renaissance limited King (11-7) to 34 percent shooting.