Friday's high schools: Willis, Walker lead King in rout of Douglass

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — The last time Detroit King and Detroit Douglass played was a little more than a year ago in the PSL semifinal, and Douglass defeated King by 30 points.

However, fans have to remember that King played without standout point guard Chansey Willis who was sidelined with an injury.

King's Davine Walker puts a shot up over Douglass' Jahi Gibson in the first half.

Well, Willis is back and definitely healthy, scoring eight, including a pair of 3-pointers during an opening 12-0 run and King — 5-1 and ranked No. 8 in The News Super 20 — went on to defeat No. 16 Douglass (6-2) and the state’s top player, Michigan State-bound 6-foot-6 guard Pierre Brooks, 69-51, Friday afternoon at Douglass.

“Last year when I got hurt, when we were at Cass Tech (for PSL semifinals), Omar (Zeigler) played, but he wasn’t 100 percent and after they beat us they were jumping up and screaming and that just played in my head over and over and over again,” said Willis, who finished with 23 points (10-of-20 shooting) and seven assists, including eight straight points to open a 50-30 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.

“The first four minutes (of the second half) was crucial and we all have a good group so that was good for us.”

While Willis was definitely a key in the victory, it was King 6-2 senior guard Davin Walker who proved to be the difference, and he did it on the defensive end.

Walker, giving up four inches and close to 40 pounds to Brooks, made Brooks fight for every inch of the floor, making him uncomfortable by using his outstanding quickness and leaping ability.

King went on an 11-2 run to close the first half to take a 31-19 lead after Douglass had pulled within 20-17 on Brooks’ 25-footer with 3:20 left in the second.

Brooks had 12 first-half points, but on 4-of-16 shooting (1-of-7 3s) and King — which scored a pair of layups off of steals on its press in the final minute — limited Douglass to 6-of-23 shooting through the first two quarters.

“You just have to come in with the mindset that you can check anybody and that you can play with anybody in the world,” said Walker of Brooks. “He’s a big-time player, but you have to try and get in his head and stop him early and not let him get going because if he gets going you know it’s going to be a long night for you.

“We talked in the locker room about coming out with a lot of energy and playing hard, so we wanted to take away their heart and that’s what we did.”

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King's 6-4 Omar Zeigler, one of the state’s top seniors, returned this week from a knee injury (scope) and had eight points and seven rebounds, showing he is healthy by blowing past 6-10 Javantae Randle and scoring a layup with 3:20 left for a 67-47 lead.

Lamont Parks, a transfer from Detroit Western, scored 15 for King, making 5-of-8 shots, including two 3-pointers, and senior guard Gelil Ward, 12 points, also making two 3-pointers.

Brooks finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds, making 14-of-30 shots (3-of-12 3s), including 10-14 shots in the second half, highlighted by a 3-pointer from past half court as time expired in the third quarter.

Randle finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

More boys basketball

Dearborn 49, Belleville 46: Abdo Abu-Zahrah scored 15 and Adnan Rammouni, Jamil Mashhour and Nassim Mashhour each had 10 for Dearborn (7-1, 7-1 KLAA East). Trayvon Parker scored 11 for Belleville (6-2, 6-2).

Dearborn Fordson 68, Livonia Churchill 41: Jad Abdallah and Mohamad Daher each scored 18 for Fordson (4-4, 4-4 KLAA East). A’mareon Jackson scored 15 for Churchill (0-8, 0-8).

Detroit Cass Tech 73, Detroit Renaissance 59: Mekhi Walker scored 19 with six rebounds, Duane Wright 19, and Rylan Bowens 14 with 10 rebounds and four blocks for Cass Tech (8-1, 4-0 Detroit PSL). Juwan Massey had 20 for Renaissance (4-4, 3-1).

Detroit Central 58, Detroit Osborn 49: Elijah Granger and Jaden Daniels each had 15 points, and Javon Morgan scored 11 for Central (1-1, 1-0 Detroit PSL). Mark Shrophsire had 15 for Osborn (0-3, 0-3).

Detroit CMA 68, Detroit Collegiate Prep 6: Jeremiah Henderson scored 15, Ryan Jackson 13, and Jeremiah Douglas, D’Angelo Gilmore and Jackie Clark each had 10 for CMA (4-2, 2-2 Detroit PSL). Collegiate Prep is 0-4, 0-4.

Detroit King 69, Detroit Douglass 51: Chauncey Willis Jr. scored 26, and Lamont Parks Jr. and Jahlil Ward each had 12 for King (5-1, 2-0 Detroit PSL). Pierre Brooks scored 37 and Javonte Randle 12 for Douglass (6-2, 3-1).

Detroit Mumford 52, Detroit Cody 25: Kamajia Darden had 15 points and Devon Howard 14 with 12 rebounds and three blocks for Mumford (3-2, 3-1 Detroit PSL). Cody is 2-3, 0-2.

Ecorse 79, Detroit Jalen Rose 53: Malik Olafioye had 29 points with five rebounds and five assists and Kenneth Morris Jr. scored 19 for Ecorse (7-1). Jeremy Buttin scored 26 for Jalen Rose.

Ferndale 60, North Farmington 55: Jason Drake had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Jack Kennedy 11 points and five rebounds, and Traevon Lewis scored 10 for Ferndale (6-1, 5-0 OAA Red). Basheer Jihad scored 21 and Deion Hayes 14 for North Farmington (5-1, 4-1).

Hamtramck 51, Culver Academies (Indiana) 50: Javier Whitaker scored 17 for Hamtramck (7-2). Cooper Farrall scored 19 for Culver (6-2).

Macomb Dakota 60, Grosse Pointe South 45: Joshuah Hines had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Tymias Williams had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and Owen Colpaert and Tyler Baron each scored 10 for Dakota (5-1, 5-1 MAC Red). William Johnson scored 15 for South (6-2, 5-1).

Romulus Summit Academy North 75, Detroit Public Safety 37: Reavon Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Dontez Scott Jr. scored 12, James Wright 11, and Orlando Lovejoy 11 with 10 assists for Romulus Summit (7-0). Public Safety is 2-3.

Taylor Trillium Academy 61, Detroit University Prep 60: Elijahjuan Fishburn had 24 points with four steals, Damarryon Fishburn 19 with nine rebounds and three steals, and Antwaan Davis-Teague had nine with four steals and the game-winning shot for Taylor Trillium (5-1). University Prep is 3-4.

Walled Lake Northern 54, South Lyon East 53 (OT): Jesse Lawson Jr. scored 14 and Kevyn Robertson 12 with 10 rebounds and the game-winning shot in overtime (5-1, 4-1 Lakes Valley). Bryce Bird had 19 points and Adam Jagacki 16 for Lyon East (5-1, 5-1).

Warren Fitzgerald 44, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 33: Isaiah Sewell had 15 points with 10 rebounds and Trey West 13 added six assists for Fitzgerald (5-2, 5-2 MAC Blue). Anchor Bay is 0-6, 0-6.

Waterford Kettering 53, Milford 43: Jack Burch and Bennie Crenshaw each scored 14 for Kettering (3-4). Milford is 1-6.

Boys scores

Blue Water Area

Armada 54, Algonac 20

Croswell-Lexington 75, Almont 36

Richmond 38, North Branch 33


Romulus Summit North 75, Detroit Public Safety 37

Southfield Bradford 59, Detroit Voyageur 37

Warren Collegiate 61, Mount Clemens 53

Detroit PSL

Detroit Henry Ford 83, Detroit Western 66

Detroit Mumford 52, Detroit Cody 26

Detroit Southeastern at Detroit Denby, 4 


Allen Park 51, Dearborn Edsel Ford 47

Brownstown Woodhaven 58, Wyandotte 33

Southgate Anderson 54, Lincoln Park 40

Trenton 47, Taylor 30


Carleton Airport 45, Milan 40

Grosse Ile 64, Riverview 40

Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 47, Flat Rock 36


Canton 58, Brighton 45

Dearborn 49, Belleville 46

Dearborn Fordson 68, Livonia Churchill 41 

Hartland 56, Novi 34

Howell 67, Salem 57 

Livonia Stevenson 75, Wayne Memorial 36

Northville 45, Plymouth 37

Lakes Valley

Waterford Kettering 53, Milford 43


Clawson 37, Clinton Township Clintondale 33

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 66, New Haven 61

Fraser 62, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 47

Macomb Dakota 60, Grosse Pointe South 45

Marysville 57, Madison Heights Madison 49

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 58, Port Huron Northern 53

Sterling Heights Stevenson 51, Romeo 38

Utica 48, St. Clair 39

Warren Lincoln 89, Madison Heights Lamphere 62

Michigan Metro

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 61, Taylor Prep 50


Berkley 51, Oxford 50

Birmingham Seaholm 52, Auburn Hills Avondale 35

Oak Park 55, Clarkston 37

West Bloomfield 69, Farmington 43

Ferndale 60, North Farmington 55

Lake Orion 41, Troy Athens 34

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 63, Birmingham Groves 62


Ann Arbor Huron 40, Saline 31

Temperance Bedford 61, Ann Arbor Pioneer 52

Western Wayne

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 61, Taylor Prep 50

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 41, Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy 30


Grosse Ile 64, Riverview 40

Girls basketball

Allen Park 59, Dearborn Edsel Ford 35: Nia Nightingale had 22 points and Emily Dingman 13 for Allen Park (2-6, 2-6 Downriver). Janae Jackson had nine for Edsel Ford (3-4, 3-4).

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 44, Romulus Summit Academy North 40: Myesha Reese had 10 points and Makayla Birchette nine for Annapolis (5-0). Romulus Summit is 4-2.

Hartland 51, Novi 28: Syd Caddell scored 11 and Lillee Gustafson 10 for Hartland (7-0). Natalie Spence scored seven for Novi (1-7).

Plymouth Christian 46, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 44: Anna Fernandez had 14 points and Morganne Houk had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Ariela Bobok scored 10 for (6-2, 5-0). Emma Hamilton had 14 points for Inter-City Baptist (3-4, 3-3).

Royal Oak 48, Royal Oak Shrine Catholic 35: Sarah Soraghan had 15 points and four assists and Kira Vance scored 11 with six assists for Royal Oak (4-3). Bridget Murray scored eight for Shrine Catholic (6-1).

South Lyon 41, Walled Lake Central 39 (OT): Kyra Karfonta scored 11 for South Lyon (3-2). Kylie Anderson had 14 points and Maddie Schopf 11 for Central (4-2).

Westland John Glenn 56, Livonia Franklin 54: Taylor Watkins-Johnson scored 26 with nine steals and eight rebounds, Peja Williams 15 and India Grissom 11 for Westland Glenn (3-5, 3-5 KLAA). Erin Young had 19 points and Kalen Bates 16 for Livonia Franklin (2-6, 2-6).

Girls scores

Blue Water Area

Almont 52, Croswell-Lexington 36

Armada 41, Algonac 33

Catholic League

Farmington Hills Mercy 60, Macomb Lutheran North 26

Mount Clemens 38, Warren Collegiate 37


Allen Park 59, Dearborn Edsel Ford 35

Lincoln Park 44, Southgate Anderson 33

Trenton 47, Taylor 30


Belleville 69, Dearborn 65

Brighton 46, Canton 34

Hartland 58, Novi 29

Howell 52, Salem 36

Northville 43, Plymouth 40

Wayne Memorial 70, Livonia Stevenson 39

Westland Glenn 56, Livonia Franklin 54 (OT)

Lakes Valley

South Lyon 41, Walled Lake Central 39

Walled Lake Western 43, Waterford Mott 9


Berkley 52, Farmington 42


Monroe 55, Ypsilanti Lincoln 37

Ypsilanti 55, Ann Arbor Skyline 34


Harper Woods 40, Warren Fitzgerald 37

Harper Woods Chandler Park 65, Detroit Edison 38

Ypsilanti Arbor 78, Ecorse 25

Detroit News staff contributed.