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Tuesday’s roundup: Elliot’s 27 power East English

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — It didn’t take long for defending PSL champion Detroit East English to bounce back from last week’s upset loss at the hands of Detroit Osborn.

All Greg Elliot and East English (9-1, 4-1) did was defeat Michigan-bound Isaiah Livers and Kalamazoo Central on Saturday, then get back in the PSL battles with an impressive 71-57 victory over Detroit King Tuesday night at East English.

“It was just a hiccup, everybody’s going to have one, but we just got it back so it’s all good,” said Elliot of the loss to Osborn, pointing out that the rematch is set for Jan. 31 at East English.

Elliot, a 6-foot-4 senior, showed why he is one of the city’s best players, scoring 27, 13 in the final quarter after King (7-2, 3-1) pulled within 10. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

As pleased as Elliot was with his performance, he had high praise for his junior point guard David DeJulius (20 points, seven assists) who accepted an offer from Michigan coach John Beilein last month, along with East English’s supporting cast.

And, Elliot should since it was guard Tariq Shepherd who set the tempo, scoring nine first-quarter points while causing havoc defensively in the fullcourt press to help East English take a 20-11 lead. East English pushed the lead to 33-17 and was never in danger the rest of the way.

East English center Tukeemo McGee had three offensive rebounds on one possession during the third quarter, leading to a DeJulius three for a 42-29 lead.

“That was real big because we’ve been getting on him during practice,” said Elliot of McGee. “In practice he killed us with that type of rebounding so when he finally did that to somebody else we’re proud of him.”

East English came out with energy and jumped out to a 20-9 lead with Shepherd making a 3-pointer, taking the ball to the basket to get to the line and scoring in transition off a turnover forced by the press.

“We came out with a mentality that we have to show them that they’re not better than us,” said Elliot. “Our role players stepped up today. We needed them so me and Dave (DeJulius) could get going. He (Shepherd) actually had not been playing that well so it was real big for us for him to do what he had to do.”

Elliot (29 points) and DeJulius (26.8) are arguably the top 1-2 combination in the state, joining forces to average more than 55 points a game with each scoring 46 or more in a game this season.

With East English holding a 10-point lead (49-39) early in the fourth, DeJulius found Elliot on a back door cut and Elliot slammed the ball over King center Treveon Orr to start a game-clinching 7-0 run to open up a 56-39 lead.

“That sequence, it was like it was time for us to bite down, pick ourselves up and get two stops on the defensive end to get our offensive sets going, then after the defensive stops it was just about getting to the rim and that’s what I do best,” said Elliot, talking of scoring five straight points to start the 7-0 run.

“It’s real fun playing with Dave. It’s real special because on a day I’m not going real well, Dave can be going well so I know I’ll have somebody that will have my back with 20-plus.”

Elliot had several dunks, two coming off alley-oop passes from DeJulius.

King point guard Jesse Scarber scored 17, including three 3s during the final quarter. Antonio Marshall scored 11. Orr was limited to five, picking up two quick fouls and missing the majority of the first half.

More boys basketball

Allen Park Inter-city Baptist 45, Novi Franklin Road Christian 42: Nathan Howell scored 16 for Inter-City Baptist (1-6, 1-3). Rahman Scruggs had 13 and Maxwell Holleman 12 for Franklin Road (1-7, 0-3).

Armada 67, Algonac 50: Mitch Ruczynski scored 26 and Drew Davis 23 for Armada (4-5, 2-2 Bluewater). Dylan Jacks scored 15 for Algonac (1-8, 0-4).

Clarkston Everest Collegiate 61, Pittsfield Township Austin Catholic 18: J.E. James had 14 and Alex Lett 13 for Everest Collegiate (5-3, 3-0 Catholic League-East). Alex Radwick scored five for Austin Catholic (0-5, 0-3).

Belleville 87, Redford Thurston 53: Devin Alverson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Davion Williams and Gabe Brown scored 15 apiece for Belleville (8-1, 3-0 Western Wayne-Blue). Malik Hill had 15 for Thurston (3-5, 1-2).

Birmingham Groves 54, Birmingham Seaholm 41: Marcus Pittman had 22, Charles Jones 16 and Drew Scheckell 10 for Groves (5-4, 1-0 OAA Blue). Brady Flynn scored 17 for Seaholm (5-4, 0-1).

Canton 68, Livonia Churchill 46: Eian Barker scored 16 and Chase Meredith 15 for Canton (6-4, 3-1 KLAA South). Genesis Barnes had 16 for Churchill (2-7, 0-4).

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 54, Dearborn Edsel Ford 43: Malik Rogers scored 14 and Tavion Dowell 12 for Crestwood (8-2, 1-2 Western Wayne-Blue). Jalal Beydoun had 11 and Jared Weigand 10 for Edsel Ford (2-7, 1-2).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 70, Garden City 32: Shannon Woods and Jasir Poole had 15 apiece for Robichaud (6-2, 2-1 Western Wayne-Red). Cameron Walter scored 10 for Garden City (1-7, 0-3).

Detroit Cass Tech 65, Detroit Henry Ford 44: Randy Gilbert had 12, while Marcus Gibbs, Jalen Tobias and Chris Murry had 10 each for Cass Tech (8-3, 3-1 PSL East Division 1). Antonio Green scored 11 for Henry Ford (6-5, 2-2).

Detroit CMA 80, Detroit West Side Academy 55: Jorden Peterson had 33 and Cliff Barrow 16 for CMA (4-4, 2-3 PSL Division 2 East). Scott Nelson scored 30 for West Side (0-8, 0-5).

Detroit Denby 62, Detroit Southeastern 55: Derek Linebarger had 16 and Tonato Tutt 12 for Denby (5-3, 5-0 PSL East Division 2). Southeastern is 6-4, 1-2

Detroit Douglass 70, Detroit Delta Prep 39: Kelly Broadus had 20 and Jarnard Smith Jr. 19 for Douglass (7-3, 4-1 PSL East Div. 2). James O’Neal scored 10 for Delta Prep.

Detroit Edison Academy 71, Detroit Pershing 62: Pierre Mitchell had 20, Gary Soloman 17 and Deonte Johnson 10 points and 15 rebounds for Edison Academy (3-6, 2-1 PSL East Division 1). Pershing is 3-6, 1-2.

Detroit Loyola 52, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 50: Myron Gardner had 14 for Loyola (3-5, 1-0 Catholic League-AA). Andrew Brumfield scored 16 and Alex Dixon 14 for Foley (3-5, 0-1).

Detroit Renaissance 67, Detroit Osborn 60: Carrington McCaskill had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Cinque Harris scored 11 for Renaissance (4-6). Ken Holloway had 25 for Osborn (5-5).

Detroit University Prep 48, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 47: Derrick Bryant Jr. and Tavis Smith had 14 each for University Prep (7-3, 3-1 Charter Schools). Jordan Moore scored 13 for Chandler Park Academy (4-3, 2-2).

Farmington 64, Berkley 44: Jordan Graham had 24, Ray Bryant 21 for Farmington (6-3, 1-0 OAA Gold). Bryce Payne scored 17 for Berkley (2-7, 0-1).

Hazel Park 75, Auburn Hills Avondale 58: David Hearns had 29 for Hazel Park (6-2, 1-0 OAA White). Matone Cole scored 17 for Avondale (5-2, 0-1).

Lake Orion 57, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 38: Jamie Lewis had 20 for Lake Orion (2-4, 1-0 OAA Blue). Nate Davis scored 22 for Stoney Creek (6-3, 0-1).

Melvindale 52, Allen Park 48: Montrez Fuster had 21 for Melvindale (6-2, 3-0 Downriver). Donovan Ebo scored 13 for Allen Park (6-3, 2-2).

Melvindale ABT 69, Taylor Prep 67 (OT): Elijah Smith had 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Gregory Jordan scored 17 for ABT (1-5, 1-0 Michigan Metro). Terry McCain had 17 for Taylor Prep (2-6, 1-3).

River Rouge 80, Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy 33: Darian Owens-White had 22 points and 12 assists, and DreQuan Bell had 21 points and nine rebounds for River Rouge (10-0).

Riverview Gabriel Richard 51, West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 25: Anthony Brown had 11 for Gabriel Richard (8-0, 3-0 Catholic League-Intersectional). Ryan Elis scored six for Frankel Academy (0-8, 0-3).

Romulus 81, Dearborn Fordson 53: Jaren English had 13 and D.J. Lundy 12 for Romulus (7-2, 3-0 Western Wayne-Blue). Yousuf Farhat scored 18 for Fordson (3-8, 0-3).

Walled Lake Central 62, White Lake Lakeland 43: Runako Ziegler had 26 and Dylan Hudspeth 13 for Central (7-3, 3-1 KLAA North). Cass Phillips scored 11 for Lakeland (4-5, 4-3).

West Bloomfield 62, Bloomfield Hills 43: Tre Harvey had 24 and Kevin McAdoo 17 for West Bloomfield (6-3, 1-0 OAA Red). Kiewuan Graham and Brent Bosart scored 10 each for Bloomfield Hills (7-2, 0-1).

Woodhaven 68, Taylor Truman 26: DeAndre Walker had 15, and Weshaun Warren 11 points and 10 rebounds for Woodhaven (5-3, 3-0 Downriver). Truman is 2-3, 1-2.

Girls basketball

Allen Park 72, Melvindale 40: Izzy Slate scored 15, Natalie Lovasz 12 and Clare Latkovic 11 for Allen Park (7-2, 4-1 Downriver). Courtney Waltonburg had 18 for Melvindale (0-6, 0-3).

Dearborn 54, Romulus 42: Isabelle Clark had 18 for Dearborn (8-2, 2-1 Western Wayne-Blue). Kennedy Fulwylie scored 12 for Romulus (2-4, 2-3).

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 68, Dearborn Edsel Ford 33: Natalia Ortiz had 19 and Demi Rodriguez 17 for Crestwood (6-3, 4-2 Western Wayne-Blue). Edsel Ford is 6-4, 4-3.

Detroit Edison Academy 69, Plymouth Christian 11: Rickea Jackson had 22 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, and Gabrielle Elliott had 18 points for Edison (8-0). Plymouth Chrisitan is 6-3.

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 68, Belleville 59: Kamaria McDaniel had 28 and Kayla Brown 24 for Robichaud (6-3, 3-1 Western Wayne-Blue). Victoria Perez scored 31 for Belleville (7-3, 3-1).

Farmington Hills Mercy 33, Birmingham Marian 30: Chloe Godbold had 15 for Mercy (8-2, 6-1 Catholic League-Central). Olivia Moore scored 12 for Marian (7-3, 5-2).

Grosse Pointe North 52, Grosse Pointe South 23: Julia Ayrault had 22, Katie Snow 13 for North (7-3, 3-2 MAC Red). Sayanna Roy scored 13 for South (2-10, 0-6).

Hartland 48, Howell 28: Lexey Tobel had 18 for Hartland (9-1, 4-0 KLAA West). Leah Weslock scored 13 for Howell (8-1, 3-1).

Melvindale ABT 32, Taylor Prep 30: Toni Davis scored 15 for ABT (1-4, 1-2 Michigan Metro).

Northville 46, South Lyon East 37: Jessica Moorman scored nine for Northville (9-1, 6-0 KLAA Central). Lucy Cronin had 12 and Abby Jones 11 for East (4-5, 4-3).

Plymouth 54, Westland John Glenn 49: Alexa Ebeling scored 15 and Chantal LeDoux 12 for Plymouth (4-6, 3-1 KLAA South). Sharon Woodard had 18 and Carley Loving 16 for John Glenn (3-7, 1-3).

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 59, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 38: Megan Haller scored 22 and Kaily Grulke 16 for Lutheran Northwest (4-5, 2-1 MIAC Blue). Nia Ahart had 30 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds for Liggett (1-7, 0-3).

Waterford Mott 39, Walled Lake Northern 26: Myra Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Emily Huff scored 12 for Mott (7-3, 3-1 KLAA North). Courtney Callahan scored nine for Northern (2-8, 1-3).

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