Tuesday's high schools: Brother Rice punches first ticket to Catholic League final since '99

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Warren — Sophomore guard Henry Garrity made several big plays during the fourth quarter Tuesday night to lead to lead Birmingham Brother Rice to a 58-56 win over Warren De La Salle in a Catholic League semifinal.

“1999 was the last time Brother Rice has been to the Catholic League final so this is a big deal for our program,” third-year Brother Rice coach Rick Palmer said. “We’re so excited to be playing. We didn’t win it in ’99 either so I don’t know the last time Brother Rice won it.

Brother Rice's Henry Garrity takes a shot in the second half.  De La Salle vs Birmingham Brother Rice in catholic league semifinal at Warren De La Salle High School in Warren, Mich. on Mar. 16, 2021.  Brother Rice wins, 58-56.

“It’s Revenge Tour week. De La Salle and U-D both beat us up pretty good the first time we played them, and we think we’re a lot better team (than first time around).”

Brother Rice (6-3) will play the winner of the other semifinal between No. 3 U-D Jesuit and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard Friday night at Detroit Catholic Central.

De La Salle defeated Brother Rice 59-42 on Feb. 13 and Brother Rice then lost to U-D Jesuit 85-56 three days later.

Garrity, the son of former Notre Dame player Pat Garrity, also a former Pistons assistant general manager, scored off a runner from the left baseline to pull Brother Rice within 50-47 with 4:50 left.

Garrity then knocked down a 3-pointer to pull his team even at 52 with 3:25 left and took a charge on a driving Trishton Nichols with 1:33 left and Brother Rice leading 54-52.

After Linden Holder’s driving layup gave De La Salle a 50-45 lead with 5:30 remaining, De La Salle didn’t make another field goal until Holder’s drive within 20 seconds left.

Brother Rice forced four turnovers during the 5 minute, 10 second stretch.

Brother Rice's Xavier Thomas battles De La Salle's Michael Sulaka (33) and Trison Nichols (1) for the ball in the second half.  De La Salle vs Birmingham Brother Rice in catholic league semifinal at Warren De La Salle High School in Warren, Mich. on Mar. 16, 2021.  Brother Rice wins, 58-56.

“We came out a little slow, but once we knocked the rust off we were good and in the fourth quarter it was just about me getting in my rhythm,” Garrity said. “The runner is something I work on and the 3s I shoot every day so it was great to see it pay off. On that charge, they were on the fast break and I had to get back, I’m glad I was able to set my feet. It was a big play.”

Things didn’t look good early for Brother Rice, as it was showing signs of the layoff. Its last game was a 74-50 win over Detroit Renaissance on March 2.

De La Salle — 8-3 and ranked No. 12 in The News Super 20 poll — jumped to a 9-1 lead, getting steals off the press and scoring layups, along with a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Nichols.

De La Salle extended the lead to 20-9 late in the opening quarter on Nino Smith’s driving layup.

But, Brother Rice shook off the shaky start and started getting the ball inside to 6-foot-5 sophomore Xavier Thomas and 6-5 freshman Keith Gilmore to take a 29-28 halftime lead.

Brother Rice blanked De La Salle senior guard Linden Holder in the first half. Holder, who averages 19.5 points, was coming off of consecutive 30-point outings in a 66-64 double-overtime loss to U-D Jesuit and a 72-68 win over Detroit Edison.

Smith scored 13 with 10 coming in the opening quarter. Junior guard Caleb Reese scored 15, 11 coming in the first half, including three 3-pointers.

Holder scored 16, scoring 10 of De La Salle’s 12 fourth-quarter points.

Thomas had 15 points, making 9-of-11 free throws while sophomore point guard Johnathan Blackwell scored 14; Gilmore, 10 points and 6-6 sophomore Curtis Williams, who has offers from Alabama and Maryland, nine points, all on 3-pointers.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's out due to COVID precautions

No. 1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s didn’t get the chance to defend its Catholic League title due to being quarantined. St. Mary’s ended U-D Jesuit’s run of seven straight league titles last season.

“We are just quarantined right now,” St. Mary’s coach Todd Covert said Tuesday morning. “CC had four cases when we played them last Wednesday. We don’t have any cases, but because of CC’s situation we thought it was just best for us and future opponents that we just monitor our situation.

“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t play in the Catholic League tournament, but I think it’s just best for everybody because of the CC situation. We technically should be under quarantine and just hoping to stay healthy for the state tournament.”

More boys basketball

Chesterfield Austin Catholic 38, Burton Faithway Christian 22: Ethan Fisher scored 12 and Lukas Bruni 10 for Austin Catholic (4-7). Mason Kruzel had 10 for Faithway Christian (1-9).

Detroit Douglass 66, Detroit CMA 63: Pierre Brooks II scored 28 and had 12 rebounds, Javantae Randle scored 15 with 14 rebounds, and Alexander Wiltz had 11 points for Douglass (11-4, 8-1 DPSL East). Jermiah Henderson scored 36 for CMA (7-4, 7-3 DPSL West).

Dearborn Edsel Ford 56, Redford Thurston 46: Kevion Irvy scored 20 and Bennie Thompson 20 for Edsel Ford (5-7). Cameron Williams scored 17 for Thurston (6-6). Ibrahim Beydoun earned his 300th career win as a coach.

Detroit King 76, Detroit Western 51: Chauncey Willis Jr. scored 29 and Lamont Parks Jr. 11 for King (13-2). Kenjuan Andrews scored 21 for Western (3-9).

Grosse Pointe South 60, Eastpointe 57: Anthony Benard scored 16, Tom Hessberg 13 and Will Johnson 12 for Grosse South (9-2). Eastpointe is 8-8.

Harper Woods Chandler Park 72, Detroit Cornerstone 46: Jayland Randall scored 17 and Dylan Grant 12 and 12 rebounds for Chandler Park (12-2). Cornerstone is 6-7.

Livonia Stevenson 64, Dearborn 58: Ethan Young had 17 and Jacob Mars 16 for Stevenson (10-5, 9-4 KLAA East). Nassim Mashhour scored 21 for Dearborn (11-4, 10-4).

Novi 57, Canton 49: Bryce Lubin scored 20 for Novi (2-11). Cole Zickers scored 17 for Canton (8-5).

Okemos 60, DeWitt 57 (OT): Will Young scored 25 and Dray Chase and KJ Rai each scored 10 for Okemos (3-4). Bryce Kurncz scored 20 for DeWitt (7-3).

Redford Union 39, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 33: Braylon Allison scored 17 and had nine rebounds for Union (7-2). Moe Sobh scored 10 for Crestwood (7-2).

Romulus Summit 72, Detroit Community 46: Orlando Lovejoy scored 23, James Wright 15, Raezon Thomas 13 and Dontez Scott Jr. 12 for Romulus (15-0). Community is 4-7.

Taylor Trillium 72, Warren Michigan M&S 29: Elijahjuan Fishburn scored 21 with eight rebounds, and Raybon scored 18 for Trillium (11-2). Warren is 4-5.

Walled Lake Northern 58, South Lyon East 49: Jake Lansaw scored 23 for Walled Northern (8-3). Bryce Bird scored 17 for Lyon East (10-2).

Girls basketball

Hartland 52, Plymouth Salem 17: Lillee Gustafson scored 16 with 14 rebounds for Hartland (14-0). Salem is 1-13.

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 49, Plymouth Christian Academy 36: Emily Gurke scored 17 and Sabrina Gottschelk 13 for Lutheran Northwest (11-0, 8-0 MIAC Blue). Anna Fernandez scored 21 for Plymouth Christian (9-3, 7-1).

Walled Lake Central 49, Watterford Mott 12: Kylie Anderson scored 15 and Abbey Renner 10 for Central (8-2, 8-1 LVC). Kelsey Palmer scored 10 for Mott (1-11, 0-10).

Westland John Glenn 50, Livonia Churchill 27: Taylor Watkins-Johnson scored 17 and Teff Jones 14 with 10 rebounds for Glenn (6-7, 5-7 KLAA East). Nasya Thomas scored 13 and Kate Heston 10 for Churchill (1-13, 0-13).

Boys basketball scores


Warren Collegiate 43, Southfield Bradford 41 

Detroit PSL

Detroit Henry Ford 54, Detroit Benby 43

Detroit Pershing 70, Detroit Renaissance 66

Detroit U-D Jesuit 78, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard 46

Detroit University Prep 71, Detroit Country Day 64 (OT)


Carleton Airport 63, Flat Rock 58

New Boston Huron 52, Grosse Ile 49


Belleville 54, Dearborn Fordson 33

Howell 63, Plymouth 34

Livonia Stevenson 64, Dearborn 58

Novi 57, Canton 49

Salem 46, Hartland 44

Lakes Valley

Milford 53, Walled Lake Western 48

South Lyon East 49, Walled Lake Northern 58


St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 56, Warren Mott 46


Dexter 57, Adrian 42


Birmingham Seaholm 52, Oxford 42

Western Wayne

Dearborn Edsel Ford 57, Redford Thurston 46

Redford Union 38, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 33 


Northville 62, South Lyon 55

Taylor Trillium 72, Warren Math & Science 29

Girls basketball scores

Flint Metro

Lake Fenton 61, Ortonville Brandon 45


Livonia Stevenson 49, Dearborn 46

Northville 49, Brighton 42

Novi 39, Canton 23

Westland Glenn 50, Livonia Churchill 27

Lakes Valley

Walled Lake Central 49, Waterford Mott 12 

Western Wayne

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 46, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 44

Romulus 60, Garden City 27 


Detroit Country Day 58, Birmingham Groves 27

Detroit Cristo Rey 40, Detroit Voyageur 32

Milan 47, Sand Creek 41

Rochester 35, Pontiac Notre Dame 27


Detroit News staff contributed.