It was more than a matchup between Class B’s No. 1 team — Birmingham Detroit Country Day — and No. 2 team — Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy.
It was also a matchup of point guards — Chandler Park’s Derrick Walton Jr. and Country Day’s Edmond Sumner, who is a junior.
Walton signed with Michigan and is a finalist for the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award. Sumner is … well, he is a junior.
Walton scored eight points in the first half and was in the fight of his life, trying to keep his team in the game.
Sumner scored the game’s first two baskets, then didn’t score again the rest of the half.
“I don’t really know what happened,” Sumner said. “I just wanted to come out in the second half with a better performance so we could get a big lead on them.”
Leading by three at the half, Country Day got a couple of quick baskets. After a Chandler Park triple, Country Day hit four consecutive three-point bombs, two by Sumner. Then Sumner caught an alley-oop pass headed for Mars and slammed it through before he and Austin Price each hit triples, and eventually Country Day led by 26 points.
Country Day began regional play Monday night with an overwhelming 75-57 victory over Chandler Park Academy and looked every bit the part of an eventual state champ.
The host Yellowjackets (21-3) scored 33 points in the third quarter, hitting seven three-pointers.
“Part of it was we were able to press and speed the game up,” said DCD coach Kurt Keener. “But we’ve got great shooters, and when they get their confidence and rhythm, then it kind of starts raining threes and that was a heck of a quarter.”
Country Day forced Chandler Park (20-4) into 13 turnovers over the first three quarters, but almost all were committed by people not named Walton, who did not handle the ball much.
“We were just trying to preserve his energy until he got past half-court then we’d run an offensive set,” said Chandler Park coach Derrick Walton Sr. “The fact was our guys handling the ball were shaky. Once you’re a basketball player and they smell that you’re shaky, they’re going to get you and they’re going to keep attacking until you get it right.”
They never got it right, but Sumner (20 points) and Austin Price (21 points) did. They took turns guarding Walton, who was 4-for-14 for 14 points.
“I knew we couldn’t really stop him,” Sumner said, “we just wanted to slow him down.”
There was no slowing down Country Day, especially in that crazy third quarter.
“We just came out shooting the ball well,” Sumner said. “We can always shoot well, but the third quarter, I don’t know, we came out very hot.”
Nothing was hotter than the alley-oop pass Mory Diane threw that seemed to be way too high for Sumner, 6-feet-4, who jammed it home. He has been offered scholarships by Massachusetts, Xavier, Kent State and Toledo while talking to and listening to Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa and Illinois.
“It was fun,” Sumner said. “It was the most fun we had all season, probably.”
Just wait until they get to East Lansing.
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DETROIT PERSHING 74, REDFORD THURSTON 40: Martez Walker scored 27 points and 13 rebounds for Pershing (24-0). Xavier Bowen scored 17 for Thurston.
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SAGINAW BUENA VISTA 41, CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC 35: Carl Moore led Buena Vista (14-8) with 13 points. Matt Falls scored 15 for Carsonville-Port Sanilac (18-5).
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Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1. Free Press staff reports contributed.