Windy City Blows Through Motor City
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
The first day of the Derrick Coleman Midwest Challenge tookover Detroit Mumford High School and other than the host team's 1-point victory it was all Chicago in games two, three, and four. The event ends today with Detroit Henry Ford playing River Rouge, Detroit Cass Tech facing Haper Woods Chandler Park Academy, and Detroit Western meeting up with defending Class A state champion Romulus in the nightcap.
Detroit Mumford 52 Chicago Hyde Park 51- In an up and down battle, the vertically challenged Mustangs put the game on the backs of 5'11" senior point guards Terrence Byrd 18 and Troy Wilkins 15 points. Hyde Park's 6'5" 2015 power forward Antoine Pike showed promise with his above the rim play, rebounding, and activity. Hyde Park will be back for the Motor City Roundball Classic.
Chicago Bogan 77 Detroit Douglass 72- Luwane Pipkens was the event's best player as he torched the nets at a 9-10 clip from the perimeter on his way to 31 points. The 5'10" junior point guard added five assists in leading the Bengals to a win. Check out his profile for his updated recruiting list. Dayton commit Darrell Davis was the event's high scorer with 33 points, six rebounds, and four assists. The 6'5" senior was solid getting to the basket efficiently, finishing at the basket, as well as pulling up for mid-range and perimeter jumpers. 6' senior shootin guard Deshawn Sanders was also extremely effective as he had a stretch of knocking down four consecutive from beyond the arc. Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom was on hand to watch Davis, a Mr. Basketball candidate.
Chicago Orr 42 Detroit Southeastern 39- In a turnover fueled low scoring game, Southeastern went on a late scoring run while Orr compounded the mediocratity of the game by missing free throw after free throw in the game's final minute. Orr was led by 6'3 senior shooting guard Sean Adams and 6'2" shooting guard Demitrius Dortch's 11 points. Orr brought a wave of athletecism from the wing led by Adams, Dortch, and 6'2" junior Daryl Curry. While 6'7" senior Tyquone Greer attempted a couple shots from the perimeter his stronger moments were scoring from the mid-range and in as well as cleaning up the boards. 6'8" senior power forward Marlon Jones didn't get the start and saw around 12 minutes of playing time for his first time back in Michigan since the 2011 Motor City Roundball Classic. Orr will play Detroit Country Day, Detroit Douglass, and Detroit Pershing in this year's Roundball. The Jungaleer's were led by 6'5" senior forward Darryl Bigham's eight points and eleven rebounds. Fellow senior Leonard Harper-Baker had a solid rebounding game but struggled to score throughout the game.
Chicago Morgan Park 82 Detroit Pershing 69- The event's marquee game was full of excitement as both team's feature playmakers, scorers, and big name talent, but at the end of the game Pershing's point guard game struggled and foul trouble was a problem from the tip. Morgan Park received a great game from 6'4" junior shooting guard Kain Harris who led Morgan Park with 22. The strong junior made deep mid-range pull up jumpers, finished through contact, scored at the basket on high degree of difficulty lay-ups, played above the rim, and rebounded very well. 5'10" sophomore point guard Charlie Moore made a number of jumpers from the perimeter and mid-range while coming up with a handfull of steals. 6'7" 2014 small forward Josh Cunningham is one of the Nation's top unsigned seniors as he scored from the perimeter, on a running hook, above the rim, and in the mid-range on his way to 15-points and seven rebounds. 6'5" senior forward Lamont Walker was solid with five points and four rebounds. 6'11" junior center Lamous Brown didn't play and if 6'8" sophomore Alonzo Chatman played, I must have been thinking about the Tigers dominating the Chicago White Sox this past season.
Pershing's 6'7" senior power forward Justin Tillman was a monster on his way to 30 points and 15 rebounds. With his future coach, VCU's Shaka Smart, in attendance, Tillman made numerous mid-range jumpers, a pair of threes, a handful of scores starting with his back to the basket, dunks, and free-throws. The Michigan Mr. Basketball candidate also added four blocked shots. With Buffalo's head coach Bobby Hurley and assistant Nate Oats watching their future, 6'2" senior shooting guard Mory Diane, jr. went for 20-points as he knocked down four perimeter shots throughout the game. 6'2" junior guard Marquel Ingram scored eleven with three perimeter makes while adding three assists.
Coaches from Detroit-Mercy, EMU, Michigan, Oakland, TCU, UIC, Toledo, Dayton, VCU, Ferris St., Northwood, Owens CC, Bowling Green, Florida International, Buffalo, Kent St., UMass, Youngstown St., and Depaul were on hand.
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