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Friday's preps: Detroit King keeps Douglass, Brooks II under wraps in win

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — Pierre Brooks II grew up watching father Pierre Brooks' Detroit King team play, including the 2012 season when King won a PSL title.

Now, Brooks II — a four-star 6-foot-5 junior guard — is playing for his father at Detroit Douglass.

King’s gym was a house of horrors for Brooks II, his father and the rest of Douglass on Friday night when No. 15 King (9-2, 6-0 PSL East) dominated the third quarter, using a 17-0 run to turn a 20-19 lead into a 37-19 cushion and No. 10 Douglass (8-2, 4-1) couldn’t recover in the 55-46 outcome.

Detroit King's Omar Zeigler (1) takes a shot while closely guarded by Frederick Douglass' Frankin Ezeoka (2) during the first half.

King sophomore point guard Chansey Willis Jr. led the pivotal run, scoring nine straight points at one stretch. He finished with a team-high 22 points.

“We were talking in the locker room at halftime and we were only up by five and struggling, just weren’t making shots, so I just kept my composure and helped my team come back and we won with that 17-0 run,” Willis said. “Coach (George Ward) said to keep playing defense, not to worry about our offense.”

Omar Ziegler, a 6-4 junior standout, was also a big factor for King, scoring the final four points of the run while also taking a charge. It was one of five Douglass turnovers during the spurt, some from King’s press, others in the halfcourt.

Ziegler scored all 20 of his points in the first three quarters, making 8 of 11 shots while playing outstanding defense on Brooks II.

King led 7-3 after one quarter, 20-15 at halftime and 44-27 after three.

King coach George Ward takes pride in his team’s defense and had to be thrilled with the performance he witnessed in Friday’s showdown before a packed house.

“They knew we weren’t going to give them space, it was just a matter of enforcing our will,” said Ward of King, which limited Brooks II, who entered the game averaging 26.8 points to 11 on 3 of 14 shooting (0 of 7 on 3-pointers). “We did a good job defensively, held a team to 46 points and their top three players probably are averaging 50 points combined, so I knew it would take a total team effort, but I knew my kids would stick to the game plan.”

Douglass had six turnovers and was 0-for-6 from the field before Brooks II scored off a putback to cut the deficit to 7-3 late in the first quarter.

Ziegler was the lone player on his game in the first half, scoring 12 while making 4 of 6 shots from the field and 3 of 4 free throws.

Douglass shot less than 25 percent (4-of-17) in the first half with Brooks limited to seven points on 2 of 8 shooting, missing all four of his 3-pointers.

Douglass had to feel good about being down just five at the half since 6-9 junior center Javante Randle was sent to the bench with two fouls with 4:54 left in the half and his team trailing 13-9.

Before taking a seat, Randle had nine rebounds and three blocks, altering multiple other shots as well to keep Douglass close. He finished with seven points and 14 rebounds.

Donivan Peoples (13 points) made a 3-pointer and a free throw after being fouled on the shot to pull Douglass within 20-19 thirty seconds into the third quarter before King went on its run.

Still, Douglass cut the deficit to 47-39 and had the ball midway through the fourth, but Brooks misfired on a 3-pointer and Willis would later score in transition to open up a 50-40 lead with 2:12 left.

The teams will conclude their busy weeks when they compete in the Horatio Williams Freedom Classic Saturday at Ferndale with Douglass facing four-star junior guard Jaden Akins and Farmington at 2:30 and King facing No. 4 Clarkston at 5:30.

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Belleville 53, Dearborn Fordson 41: D.J. Johnson scored 15 and Connor Bush had 12 for Belleville (5-2, 4-0 KLAA East). Zak Maisari scored 15 for Fordson (2-6, 0-4).

Bloomfield Hills Roeper 68, Whitmore Lake 60: Thai Fowler scored 20 and Evan Akkashian had 21 for Roeper (4-3, 2-2 MIAC Red). Whitmore Lake is 2-6, 2-2.

Canton 79, Novi 65: Jake Vickers scored 21, Ben Stesiak 18 and Cole Vickers 17 for Canton (5-2, 3-1 KLAA West). Bryce Lubin and Alando Williams each scored 16 for Novi (3-5, 1-3).

Dearborn 59, Livonia Franklin 52: Jack Melton scored 15 and Brendan Russeau 14 for Dearborn (4-4, 3-1 KLAA East). Evan Pittanger scored 13 for Franklin (3-4, 1-3).

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 71, Melvindale 65: Rod Campbell scored 21 and Jabe Lessmau 16 for Annapolis (6-2, 2-1 WWAC). Mohamed Alomari scored 23 and Anthis Bolden 14 for Melvindale (1-6, 0-3).

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Detroit Cornerstone 50, Dearborn Henry Ford 35: Carlos Paul scored 10 for Cornerstone. Raevon Thomas scored 11 for Henry Ford.

Detroit Henry Ford 57, Detroit Northwestern 20: Jeremy Ford and James Perry each scored 23 and Ahmaad Ford added 10 for Henry Ford (5-5, 3-2 PSL West).

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Detroit Southeastern 64, Detroit Denby 55: Iron Wilson scored 24 and Karon Allen had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Southeastern (6-5, 3-3 DPSL East). Allen Thatcher scored 15 for Denby (3-7, 1-3).

Detroit Voyageur Prep 68, Southfield Bradford Academy 51: Jeffrey Pullen had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Earryl Taylor scored 12 for Prep (6-1, 2-0 CSC West). Cameron Burton scored 15 for Bradford (2-4, 0-2).

Grosse Pointe South 77, Romeo 52: Will Johnson scored 18, Jacob Harris 12 and Matt Edwards 10 for South (7-2, 3-0 MAC White). Romeo is 4-4, 2-1.

Hamtramck 72, Detroit University Prep Art and Design 35: Frank Bassett had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Lewis had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Amari Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Hamtramck (7-2, 3-1 MMAC Blue).

Harper Woods 50, Detroit University Prep 46: Curtis Jackson had 19 points, 10 assists, five steals and five rebounds and Logan Gardner scored 10 for Harper Woods (5-3, 1-1 MMAC Blue). University Prep is 2-7, 0-1 MMAC Black. 

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Plymouth 60, Salem 47: Ella Riley scored 23 and Ainsley Florence 19 for Plymouth (4-4, 1-3 KLAA West). Mattison Joyner scored 21 for Salem (1-7, 1-3).

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david.goricki@detroitnews.com

Detroit News staff contributed.