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East English Village's defense steps up in win over Detroit King

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

State Champs! Sports Network

Detroit – Throughout much of the season, what Detroit East English Village Prep’s has accomplished on the offensive end of the basketball court has garnered the vast majority of the attention.

And for good reason, as the Bulldogs had scored 75 or more points in five of their first eight games of the season going into Tuesday’s game against Detroit King.

But on Tuesday night, it was East English’s defense that helped prove to be the difference as the Bulldogs limited Detroit King to 25 first half points on their way to a 71-57 win.

“A lot of times, kids will get more caught up in the steal than the process and our trap (defense) was much better today,” East English head coach Juan Rickman said of his team’s defense. “They focused on the traps rather than reaching, they broke on the ball much better today, we covered ground much better today and rotated much better today and on top of that, we didn’t just let people lay the ball up. Usually guys go to the basket and our angles are bad, we just let them through rather than making them finish and we rebounded today, so that was the biggest thing.”

In the first half, East English (8-1) would use nine first quarter points from sophomore guard Tariq Shepherd, who picked up the scoring early on after a somewhat slow