January 4, 2009

Video: Appling, Nix shine in Pershing rout of Toledo Scott

DETROIT, Mich. - Future Spartan teammates Derrick Nix and Keith Appling were back on the court together in game action for the first time since the prize 2010 guard broke a bone in his wrist prior to his team's early December game with Detroit King.

Nix and Appling combined for 37 point in No. 1 ranked Pershing's 89-42 rout of Toledo (Ohio) City School League's Scott High School in a game played at Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance High School on Dec. 29.

"It was a game like any other game," said Nix. "We came ready to play and we came away with a victory."

Nix scored 16 points and added 14 rebounds in the victory. The 6-foot-10, 275-pound future Spartan had a double-double at halftime.

Nix set the tone early. He was an unmovable presence in the post and his play inside helped open up a number of scoring options on the perimeter for Pershing, which remains one of a handful of unbeaten teams in Class A in the state of Michigan.

"Nobody can stop me down low," said Nix. "It is over when I get the ball down low. Nobody can stop our team either.
Appling came off the bench to score 21 points. The 6-foot-3, junior guard also registered 5 assists in first game back from injury.

Appling is an integral part of the Pershing program. But the Doughboys were anything but one dimensional during Appling's absence. Pershing demonstrated the strength of their program during Appling's absence with wins over state-ranked programs Romulus and Oak Park. With Appling back, Pershing could be darn near unbeatable moving forward.

The Class A runner-up to Draymond Green and Saginaw High last spring, Pershing shown substantial growth during the last 12 months.

"We have improved a lot from last year," said Nix. "Our coaches have improved, our players have improved, everybody has improved."

SpartanMag.com's Rico Beard shot the footage of Nix and Appling embedded in this story.

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