February 24, 2011

Kearney adds city championship to resume

DETROIT - Brandan Kearney, Percy Gibson and their Detroit Southeastern teammates claimed a coveted Detroit Public School League championship with a 52-50 win over Detroit Cody at Cass Tech last Friday.

Michigan State signee Brandan Kearney was named the MVP of the PSL at halftime of the championship game. Kearney scored 17 points in the game and scored the game's final point on a free throw with 11 seconds left.

"It feels great," Kearney said. "It is a relief for my team and me. It is a big relief."

The 6-foot-7 future Spartan made two free throws with under a minute remaining to give his team the lead for good.

"We knew that if it was a one or two position game, that we could always be in the game," explained Jungaleer coach George Ward. "We knew that we always had someone to go to."

The victory moved the No. 3 ranked Jungaleers to 16-2 on the season. It was only the third loss of the season for No. 6 ranked Cody.
Southeastern struggled in the first half without the presence of point guard Darryl Flemister and trailed 23-13 at halftime.

"Actually, it wasn't what they were doing, it was what we were doing," Kearney said. "We were rushing and we weren't pressuring the ball. In games we weren't doing so good in this year, we came into the second half and pressured the ball. That is what we were doing tonight."

The tandem of Kearney and Gibson played a strong third quarter to get their team back into the contest. Kearney scored the first three field goals of the second half for the Jungaleers. Gibson, a future Dayton Flyer, scored 9 points in the win.

Southeastern awaits the winner of Sunday's
Detroit Catholic School League championship game between De La Salle and U-D Jesuit. The Jungaleers will play the Catholic League champion in the March 4 Operation Friendship game which annually pits the PSL champ against the Catholic League champion.

The PSL has a two-game winning streak in the annual series thanks in part to the effort of Spartan freshman Keith Appling, who led Pershing to convincing wins over Catholic School League champion De La Salle in 2009 and 2010.

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