Friday’s (3/16) boys basketball results
Detroit News staff
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 58, Rockford 53
Detroit Redford 84, Taylor Truman 71
Det. Osborn 90, Det. Henry Ford 84
Warren DeLaSalle 54, Southfield-Lathrup 50
Pontiac Northern 58, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 56
Clarkston 58, Macomb Dakota 31
Tuesday’s high school basketball scores
Detroit Henry Ford 76, Livonia Stevenson 38
Saturday’s 3/10 prep boys district basketball results
Detroit Henry Ford 75, Southfield 73
Detroit Henry Ford 64, Detroit Cody 48
Henry Ford stakes its claim
Trojans are poised for a long run in Class A after knocking off Cody in district semifinal.
Tom Markowski / The Detroit News
DETROIT — Considered a sleeper pick before the tournament, Detroit Henry Ford is a legitimate contender to reach the state semifinals after defeating Detroit Cody, 64-48, in a Class A district semifinal Thursday at Detroit Central.
Henry Ford (13-6) will be the favorite when the Trojans play Southfield (14-7) for the district title at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This was the first major hurdle for Henry Ford. Cody (13-7) defeated Central, the favorite in this district, 62-44, on Tuesday in the first round.
Henry Ford coach Arvis Young scouted Cody well and had his team play a match-up zone defense that took the Comets out of their game. The Trojans led 23-13 at halftime as their zone clogged the middle and forced Cody to shoot from the perimeter. The Comets were 4-of-21 from the field in the half and committed 12 turnovers.
“That first half was awful,” Cody coach Bryant Tipton said. “It was a total lack of effort. Every time we play a team that zones on us we struggle. Ford did a great job of scouting. We just came out flat.”
Ford’s a team that is comfortable when the game is played at a slow pace, as it was in the first 16 minutes, or in an up-tempo style, as in the second half. But against Cody, Young was content to play a half-court game and not let Cody’s senior point guard, Alan Bradford, get loose in the open court.
“We had to stop penetration,” Young said. “We had to stop Bradford.
“We felt if we could trade baskets with them we’d be all right.”
Bradford, who was held scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points, scored six of his team’s 19 in the third and created opportunities for another guard, Demetrius Ford, who had eight of his 11 in the quarter.
In the first game, Rumeal McKinney scored 21 and Marcus Hopkins 11 to lead Southfield to a 67-56 victory over Detroit Western. Desmond Sain scored 17 for Western.
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