Senior guard Julian Dozier stole the show finishing with 23 points and helping U-D Jesuit High take care of Cass Tech, 79-59, Friday in the annual Operation Friendship game at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall.
Dozier controlled the tempo on the offensive side of the ball and Cass Tech did not have an answer for him.
This is the fourth straight year that U-D Jesuit (18-2) has been crowned champions of the Operation Friendship, which pits the Detroit PSL titleholders against the Catholic League champs.
Dozier made his first five shots of the contest, getting into a rhythm early in the game.
He had 13 first-quarter points and U-D Jesuit matched his intensity the rest of the game.
“I was in the zone, when the game started, after a few made shots. I knew it was going to be a good game,” Dozier said.
Cass Tech could not make enough defensive stops to cut into the deficit.
U-D Jesuit had a 70-53 lead with 3:50 left in the game.
U-D Jesuit was the better team, playing together as a unit and getting good production from the bench.
“It was a team effort tonight. We shot the ball well and were able to attack the paint,” Dozier said.
Three other U-D Jesuit players joined Dozier in double figures. Daniel Friday and J.T. Morgan each scored 15 and Jordan Montgomery added 11.
U-D Jesuit’s 3-point shooting was pivotal, Montgomery said. The school was 9-of-14 from beyond the arc.
“We shot the three well tonight and made them in key situations that boosted our momentum,” Montgomery said. “This was a good team win.”
Though U-D Jesuit controlled most of the contest, Cass Tech’s on-ball pressure defense became effective in the third quarter.
“Cass Tech is a good team,” Dozier said.
“They get up on you on defense, but we were able to stay calm and have success offensively.”
Cass Tech caused U-D Jesuit to turn the ball over numerous possessions and were able to capitalize on the offensive side. Cass Tech junior guard Tyson Acuff finished with 19 points.
Operation Friendship Consolation
Detroit Renaissance 64, Detroit Catholic Central 59: Senior guard and Bowling Green commit, Chandler Turner led all scorers with 24 points and senior guard Kaylein Marzette scored 10 to propel Detroit Renaissance to a win over Detroit Catholic Central. Renaissance trailed going into the fourth, but caught fire in the last quarter to secure the win.
Catholic Central was led by Justin Rukat, who scored 16. Davis Lukomski scored 14 and Brendon Downs 13 for Catholic Central.
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Kevin Moore is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.