Boys House Basketball Championships
It was an intense day of hoops as the 2018 Recreational League Basketball Championships, sponsored by the Detroit Pistons, tipped off at Detroit Northwestern High School. Families and friends filled the bleachers in support of all the PAL basketball teams. It was a nail biting kind of day for each age division.
The 14U championship was pretty even as the teams went back-and-forth, ending halftime tied up at 14. The intensity continued into the second half as the Legends took a two-point lead ending the third quarter 18-16. With 37.3 seconds remaining in the game, Calvin Marshall drove down the middle to draw the contact and get fouled. Furious with the call, Spartans’ coach receives a technical which sends Marshall to the free throw line to shoot two tech shots, along with his two fouls shots. Marshall knocks down all four clutch free throws! The Spartans weren’t able to come back in the short period of time. The Legends won the 14U championship 29-26.
The match up for the 16U championship consisted of the Lakers vs. the Hawks. The Hawks, a team that only had six players throughout the entire season. The Lakers dominated the first half with their suffocating defense, and rewarding themselves on the offensive end. With 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Hawks’ Jinah Turner gets an and one to try to cut the lead. Going into halftime, the Lakers still had a good cushion over the Hawks with a 28-14 lead. Coming out of halftime, the Hawks immediately went into attack mode as they knocked down three back-to-back free throws to make the score 30-17. As the fourth quarter continued, the Lakers maintained their lead, but the Hawks didn’t go down without putting up a good fight. Late in the fourth, Hawks’ Darryl Walker gets three back-to-back steals and finishes the layups to bring the Hawks within six. The 16U championship ended with the Lakers holding off the Hawks 45-39.
The younger divisions held just as much excitement and energy as the older divisions did. For the 8U championship, it was the Bulldogs winning by a big margin over the Cubs 16-7. The 12U championship between CYC vs. Spartans was very tight going into halftime with CYC only leading by two. In the end, the Spartans were able to make a run and get stops, which led them to ultimately take home the win over CYC 21-16.
The 10U championship was the biggest battle of the day! The battle between the Bulldogs vs. Williams Ctr was not only electrifying, but also a very physical game. Both teams clearly wanted to take home the trophy badly. Going into halftime, Williams Ctr had a huge lead over the Bulldogs 10-2. The entire second was all about the bulldogs as they got stop after stop to eventually even the score at 21. With 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied up at 21, Bulldogs slowed down the pace to try to hold the ball for the last shot. With six seconds left, Williams Ctr gets a steal and races down to the opposite for the buzzer beater, but the ball rolls in and out of the basket causing the only overtime of the day. In the end, it was Williams Ctr that was able to come up with the win over the Bulldogs 25-21.
During halftime of each game, Detroit PAL honored the following coaches from each division with the “Coach of the Year” Award.
16U- John Johnson
14U- Robert Gordon
12U- Bill Thorton
10U- Brian Morrison
8U- Dan Boylan
Congratulations to all of the teams that made it to the championship, and to all of our coaches of the year!
Article written by Workforce Development Staff Member: Jazlyn Lindsay