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BOYS BASKETBALL: Three Detroit teams are alive and well in the state playoffs

By: Branden Hunter, March 15, 2014, 11:03 am

DETROIT – Out of the 36 teams from the city of Detroit that started their state title journey back on March 3, only three remain entering Tuesday’s quarterfinals games.

UofD Jesuit (Class A), Frederick Douglass (Class B) and Consortium (Class C). All three programs have a legitimate chance of winning their respective classes, but still have a hard road to travel, before they make it to the Breslin Center.

The Cubs of UofD Jesuit (21-2) arguably had the toughest schedule through districts and regionals. They’ve beaten four quality Detroit PSL teams (Renaissance, Mumford, Southeastern, Cass Tech) to make it this far, making history along the way, in more ways than one. 

They defeated Cass Tech, 52-51, to earn their first regional title in 137 years if existence. But that came with controversy. UofD Jesuit had six players on the court in the final seconds of the game, a call the referees missed big-time. Nonetheless, the Cubs will play Romulus again in the state quarterfinals for the second time in three weeks. The Cubs won the first meeting, 67-57.

UofD Jesuit isn’t big, with senior Noah King being the tallest at 6-foot-4, but their talented and scrappy. They pride themselves on defense and sophomores Cassius Winston and Billy Thomas are a handful. Look for the Cubs to punch their ticket to the Breslin Center.

Frederick Douglass (15-9) is the only PSL team left in the tourney and it isn’t by surprise. The Hurricanes were picked by many to compete for the Class B state title before the season started and one of the hottest teams still in it.

Don’t let the record fool you, Frederick Douglass has played one of the toughest schedules this season, competing in just about every game. They have somewhat cruised through tournament play, but an impressive, 69-56, win over defending champion Detroit Country Day, solidified how serious they are.

Like UofD Jesuit, Frederick Douglass isn’t big, but Mr.Basketball candidate Darrell Douglass is a tough cover and seniors Terrell Hales, DeShawn Sanders and Daavi Bradley are also quality players. They face Goodrich on Tuesday and the Class B state title may very well be coming to Detroit.

Consortium (21-2) may play Class C basketball, but they have Class A talent, and have proven they can play with the best in the state. Wins over Southeastern, Saginaw, Romulus, and Saginaw Arthur Hill are proven that.

Yeah they house the top sophomore in the nation, in 6-foot-8 wing Josh Jackson, but there is more to Consortium than just Jackson. He runs the show, but seniors Ronald "Lito" Booth, Malik "Boogie" Dawson, and Rudy Smith are certainly worthy of a scouting report. Underclassmen Luster "Grandpa" Johnson and Mykel Tyson as well.

The Cougars average margin of victory in the state playoffs is 31.4 ppg., showing just how dominant of a team they are. Their biggest bump in the road to a state title will come Tuesday against Mt.Clemens. A game that most circled on their calendars before the season, is arguably the game of the year and could decide who will win Class C. The game is set to be played at West Bloomfield High at 7 pm, so get there 5.

However these three teams fare in the upcoming week, the whole city of Detroit is proud of them, regardless of league affiliation and Detroit basketball and alive and well!