Boys School Basketball Championships
On Saturday April 7th, Detroit PAL hosted the 2018 School League Championships, which were played at Loyola High School. Four games were played Saturday as schools from the Motor Division, JV Division, Varsity A and Varsity B went head to head to see who will be crowned the 2018 champion. There was a lot of excitement in the gym as the teams left it all on the floor. Each game was very competitive and you can see the determination in each of the player’s eyes as they wanted to hoist that trophy and call themselves champions. One of the games was so close that it took a buzzer beater to determine a champion. Let’s take a look of the results from each game.
Motor Division Championship
UPSM 29, David Ellis West 23
UPSM won their second consecutive championship defeating David Ellis West in a very hard fought victory to kick off championship Saturday. UPSM took an eight point lead at the end of the first half and looked to have momentum on their side. But David Ellis was not going away. Both teams were going back and forth in the second half as UPSM was able to take command in the final two minutes of the game securing the victory and another championship.
JV Division Championship Game
Noble Knights 36, UPSM Chargers 26
Though Noble won by double digits the game was closer than what the score shows. Both of these teams battled into the buzzer went off. The score was tied at 18 going into the half. Noble took a 25-23 lead with seven minutes left to play in the game and from there, Noble was able to keep their lead even when UPSM attempted to make a comeback. Noble held UPSM to just three points after taking that 25-23 lead.
Varsity B Championship Game
West Village Wildcats 37, Hamilton Eagles 31
West Village brought out their fans in this one. Whenever the players from West Village scored a basket or made a key play, their fans made sure that you heard them. That support from the crowd helped West Village a lot as they were able to secure the victory and win the Varsity B Championship. West Village took a 20-11 lead at the half. Hamilton had to play without two of their key players as they both fouled out of the game. But Hamilton showed their fight and let everybody know why they made it to the championship game. Though Hamilton battled back, West Village kept their composure and was able to handle business.
Varsity A Championship Game
Noble 37, F.L.I.C.S. 35
The final game of the day was one to remember. Noble looked to secure their second championship of the day, but they had to go through FLICS to get that crown. Noble was up 17-11 at the half and when the second half came, that’s when the excitement began. Both teams were trading baskets going back and forth and the fans were enjoying it. With 1:45 left to play Noble held on to a one point lead at 31-30. When one team scored the other team came down on offense and had an answer for their opponent. FLICS was able to tie the game with about 15 seconds left to play and Noble had the ball. After a timeout by Noble to draw a play up, they inbounded the ball and went right into the lane as time expired and hit the lay up to win the game. Everyone was watching that ball go into the basket. A great game played by both teams.
Detroit PAL would like to thank the schools that participated in the championship games and congratulate the winners. Detroit PAL also gave out some awards during halftime of the Varsity A game. Those awards were Coach of the Year, Organization of the Year and Sportsmanship Team of the Year.
Coach of the Year– Melvin Davis- Hope Academy
Organization of the Year– David Ellis West
Sportsmanship Team of the Year– FLICS
To view photos from this event, click here.
Article Written by Workforce Development Staff Member: Kevin Moore