February 21, 2009

Future Spartans help Pershing to first PSL title in 13 years

DETROIT, Mich. - Future Michigan State basketball players Derrick Nix and Keith Appling scored 9 and 13 points respectively as Detroit Pershing (18-1) avenged their only loss of the season with a 79-58 victory over conference rival Detroit Southeastern in the Public School League championship on Friday.

"We knew that if we came out and executed what our coaches wanted us to do we'd win it," said Nix, who entered that game off a 34-point and 21-rebound performance in a 30-point semi-final blowout of Renaissance. "Our team just came out and played hard defense, we had a lot of poise, and we had a lot of effort and we came away with the victory."

The 5,100 high school basketball fans that piled into Calihan Hall on the campus of University of Detroit Mercy expected a thriller. Many of those fans made their way to the exits at the start of the fourth quarter as Pershing maintained a 20-point margin.

The outcome of the title game was far different the last time the two Top 5-ranked teams met at Southeastern. In that game, the Jungaleers pulled off a 78-77 stunner.

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