Detroit — Z’avon Godwin’s slam dunk off a pass from Greg Elliott with two seconds left proved the difference in a 82-80 PSL quarterfinal win by defending champion Detroit East English over Detroit Pershing Friday evening at Detroit Renaissance.
“I knew they were going to try and double me so as soon as I got by my man and saw the double coming I knew I’d have someone wide open at the rim,” said Elliott, who helped East English battle back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit. “We knew we had to keep fighting. It’s the PSL and you’re going to have to fight adversity.”
“G’s (Elliott) a great player and I was just hoping he’d make the right play and he did again,” said Godwin, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds. “I was open and he found me, definitely a great feeling.”
Elliott, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who received an offer from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo earlier this month, scored 29, just above his 28.2 average, but was rolling over in pain on the court, holding his right knee after missing a shot with 3:30 left and Pershing (6-11) holding a 71-68 lead. He returned less than a minute later.
“When I came down (after taking shot) it turned a little bit and it hurt real bad when it happened,” Elliott said. “My knee’s fine now. I’m OK.”
Elliott scored 48 in a 99-89 win over Pershing early in the season, 16 of those in the final quarter.
Elliott again scored 16 points in a quarter, this time during the second to rally East English (14-3) back from a 36-29 deficit. He scored 11 during the final 2 minutes and 10 seconds to spark a 13-4 run, capping it off with a 6-0 run to end the half.
He scored off a drive, then a dunk off a steal and finally a tip-in at the buzzer for a 42-40 lead.
“It was a challenge by my coaches,” Elliott said. “They told me if I’m a big-time player I have to make big-time plays and that’s what I did.”
East English junior point guard David DeJulius scored 33, making 10 of 21 shots from the floor and 5-of-11 3-pointers, but none was bigger than his 3-pointer to pull East English within 75-72 with 2:08 left.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to pull that victory out,” said DeJulius, a Michigan commit who is averaging 26.2 points. “We’re not ready to go home yet. We had guys step up and make the necessary plays down the stretch.”
Yes, East English did, like a putback basket by Jayshawn Moore, his lone basket of the night, for a 80-78 lead, and then Godwin’s game-winning dunk.
Pershing was in position to pull off the upset due to its outstanding perimeter shooting.
Pershing led 69-61 early in the fourth following D’Juan Seal’s 3-pointer and Charles Brown’s inside basket off a pass from junior point guard Ron Hill.
Seal’s 3-pointer was Pershing’s 12th and last with Seal misfiring from the right corner with the score even at 78 and less than a minute left.
Pershing finished the night 12-of-21 from deep range with Hill connecting on 4-of-5 and Seal 4-of-8. Hill finished with 21, Seal 16 and Jalyn Benning 12. Patrick Hatcher also scored 12 for Pershing, but was in early foul trouble and was on the bench for the majority of the third quarter.
“Our guys played their butts off tonight,” Pershing coach Wydell Henry said. “I take my hat off to East English for a job well done, for staying poised. Dave DeJulius made some big shots. We’re up six and he made a big shot, from almost half court to cut it to three.
“We try to shoot the ball too and my guys were really focused. They really wanted this win. They stuck to the game plan, but they have two players (Elliott, DeJulius) who are high majors and they made some plays down the stretch.”
Pershing will focus on the state tournament, playing in a tough Class C district at Detroit Edison in early March. Pershing split the PSL series with Edison.
East English will play a PSL semifinal Tuesday at 5 at Renaissance against the Cass Tech-Edison winner.
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