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Tuesday’s roundup: Collins leads U-D to Catholic League final

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Bloomfield Hills — Elijah Collins was well rested for a strong finish in U-D Jesuit’s Catholic League semifinal game with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on Tuesday night after sitting the majority of the game with foul trouble.

Collins made multiple big plays down the stretch to help four-time defending Catholic League champion U-D Jesuit win, 51-49, to advance to Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game at Calihan Hall. Jesuit (15-3) will play the winner of today’s Warren De La Salle-Dearborn Divine Child semifinal.

Collins scored five straight during a 5-1 run early in the fourth to open up a 43-39 lead.He needed to play well at the defensive end in the final seconds, forcing C.J. Wilson into missing a tough 25-footer as time expired.

Collins, a 6-foot-2 junior guard who put on 20 pounds to become an impact player in football while playing multiple positions, used his strength to get to the basket offensively while using his size to wear down foes on defense.

“On the last play we were trying to deny C.J. the ball as much as possible because he was knocking down 3’s,” Collins said of Wilson, who scored a game-high 26, including 11 during the fourth quarter with two 3-pointers. “It was me and him one-on-one and I had some help from Greg (Eboigbodin). I was able to stay in front of him, then get up under him so when I closed out there so I wouldn’t foul.”

It was a physical game which had 36 fouls called.

“He was fresh because he had fouls and had to sit the whole time and that’s not a good thing for us, because he can bring us some offensive firepower,” U-D Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly said of Collins, who was offered a football scholarship by Michigan State earlier this month.

“He’s a very good defender and just got unlucky with some calls and had to sit for quite a while and that hurt us.”

But Collins more than made up for it.

U-D Jesuit sophomore point guard Julian Dozier scored 11 first-quarter points for a 15-8 cushion. He made three 3--pointers, but had to sit the entire second quarter with two fouls.

U-D Jesuit led 32-22 at halftime and 38-36 after three.

St. Mary’s (12-6) outscored U-D Jesuit by a 19-7 margin at the line, with Wilson making all 11 of his attempts.

Caden Prieskorn, a 6-5 junior, had 11 points, seven coming in the third quarter to rally St. Mary’s back from a 10-point halftime deficit. His jump hook evened the score early in the fourth.

More boys basketball

Allen Park Inter-city Baptist 56, Livonia Clarenceville 32: Nathaniel Pardo scored 16 and Dennis Lobb 11 for Inter-city Baptist (5-13). Torre Bowen had 12 points for Clarenceville (0-18).

Auburn Hills Avondale 64, Birmingham Groves 40: Martone Cole had 18 points and Ty Bland had 14 for Avondale (10-7). Charles Jones scored 15 for Groves (10-7).

Belleville 69, Hazel Park 68: Devin Alverson had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Davion Williams scored 16 and Jawaun Griffin 13 for Belleville (16-2). David Petus scored 19 for Hazel Park (12-6).

Bloomfield Hills 65, Birmingham Seaholm 59: Justin Henry had 19 points and Tyler Canfield had 11 for Bloomfield Hills (10-7). Brady Flynn scored 22 and Graham Girdler 10 for Seaholm (7-10).

Dearborn Edsel Ford 60, Redford Union 58: Jalal Baydoun scored 23, while Melessio Kendrick had 14 points, including the game-winning lay up with two seconds remaining for Edsel Ford (3-14). Amir Huston scored 14 for Redford Union (10-7).

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 63, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 42: Malik Rogers scored 24 and Asa Robertson 12 for Crestwood (13-5). Daryl Lockhart had 16 points for Robichaud (13-4).

Detroit Community 62, Detroit University Prep Science and Math 55 (OT): Demario Turner had 15 points, KeJuan Sanders had 14, Harmon Brown had 12 and Ceophus Tucker-Alonzo had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Community (7-11). Cyir Rile scored 20 for UPSM (6-10).

Detroit Osborn 75, Toledo (Ohio) Scott 58: Armonee Felder had 26 points and 10 assists and Kenneth Holloway had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Osborn (11-7).

Farmington 61, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 43: Jordan Graham had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Ray Bryant had 16 points and 13 points and Jay Kirby had 10 points for Farmington (14-4). Marion Crawford scored 16 for Chandler Park (10-7).

Hamtramck 57, Detroit Henry Ford Academy 53: Charles Channing had 14 points and Jermain Dyas had 10 for Hamtramck (12-4). Jaylin Stiles scored 20 and James Grigsby 15 for Henry Ford Academy (11-6).

Macomb Dakota 81, Grosse Pointe South 58: Thomas Kithier had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Jack Ballantyne had 16 points, Jaylen Hall had 15 points and Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 13 points and 10 assists for Macomb Dakota (16-3). Zane Draper scored 16 for South (10-8).

Melvindale 65, Taylor Truman 42: Montrez Fuster had 16 points and Josh Higgins had 13 for Melvindale (15-3, 12-1 Downriver). Terrence McClain scored 10 for Truman (6-11, 3-9).

New Haven 84, Warren Woods-Tower 51: Eric Williams had 40 points and Romeo Weems had 19 points and 10 rebounds for New Haven (17-1). Joel Henderson scored 18 for Tower (15-3).

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 62, Dearborn 60: Tariq Derrickson had 18 points, including the game-winning jump shot with 2 seconds left for Notre Dame (11-7). Joshua Johnson added 17 points. Mahdi Hamade scored 15 for Dearborn (12-5).

River Rouge 54, Detroit Voyageur Prep 20: Darian Owens-White had 15 points and DreQuan Bell had 13 points and 10 rebounds for River Rouge (17-1). Lemuel Holt scored 11 for Detroit Voyageur (9-7).

Romulus 110, Ann Arbor Skyline 87: Kaevon Merriweather scored 24, Jaren English had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and Simon Obi scored 19 for Romulus (13-4). Brandon Wade scored 32 for Skyline (13-5).

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 47, St. Clair 35: Cortez Jackson had 19 points for Lake Shore (16-2). Ben Davidson scored 11 for St. Clair (13-5).

Walled Lake Central 60, Howell 53: Runako Ziegler had 32 points, Anthony Karana had 14 for Central (13-5). Joshua Palo scored 22 for Howell (12-6).

Warren Mott 84, Utica Ford 74: Howard Turner scored 20, Tyler Gillery 18 and Javen Hwier 17, to go with 12 rebounds for Mott (10-7). Alex Iafrate had 22 points for Ford (11-7).

Wayne Memorial 64, Livonia Stevenson 61: Rashad Williams had 31 points, Keion Epps had 13 points and 24 rebounds and Terrence Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Wayne (16-3). Stevenson is 14-4.

Woodhaven 53, Allen Park 37: Joshua Warren scored 26 for Woodhaven (14-4, 13-1 Downriver). Jason Dietz had eight points for Allen Park (10-7, 7-6).

Girls basketball

Dearborn 62, Garden City 34: Isabelle Clark had 14 points and Sydnie Bruce had 12 for Dearborn (15-4). Aleea Montgomery and Kayley Hewer scored 12 each for Garden City (9-10).

Detroit Country Day 85, Detroit Renaissance 63: Destiny Pitts had 25 points, Kaela Webb had 19 and Tylar Bennett 12 for Country Day (17-1). Victoria Wright scored 21 and Dalyn Henderson 14 for Renaissance (14-4).

Flint Hamady 75, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 67: Aryana Naylor scored 20 and Sasha Finn 19 for Hamady (15-5). Kamaria McDaniel had 39 points and 16 rebounds and Kayla Brown had 14 points for Robichaud (11-8).

North Farmington 46, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 27: Sam Cherney had 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Kierra Crockett had 15 points and 12 rebounds for North Farmington (14-5, 5-3 OAA Red). Emily Eckhout scored 11 for Stoney Creek (8-11, 2-6).

Roseville 57, Warren Lincoln 23: Chantae Parker had 17 points, DeBraya Edwards had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Nija Collier had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Roseville (15-5). Warren Lincoln is 5-14.

Royal Oak 33, Farmington Hills Harrison 32: Mikea Williams had 10 points and Jessica Adams had eight for Royal Oak (13-6, 7-3 OAA White). Nyla Warren scored 13 for Harrison (4-14, 2-8).

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 38, Flushing 28: Rozhane Wells had 14 points and Adrienne Anderson had 11 for Arbor Prep (19-0).

Detroit News staff contributed