It was quick for Detroit Douglass and painful for Renaissance.
The Hurricanes blew through the Phoenix defense in the first quarter for 16 points. Renaissance scored just one point, which meant a rout was on in a 62-26 Tuesday victory at East English Village.
Douglass faces Pershing on Friday in one PSL semifinal.
The Hurricanes’ 10-7 record is deceiving because they are much more talented that that. Young Renaissance (12-4) learned that first-hand.
“I thought my team came out focused,” said Douglass coach Nkwane Young. “It’s time to start playing with some experience. We’ve been in five overtime games and I finally feel like we’re starting to come out with a sense of urgency.
“At the start of the season we lost our big guy who was 6-foot-8 to Connecticut. It took a toll on us. We had to get an identity. I feel like the identity is starting to come.”
The Hurricanes quickness and early shooting success kept the Phoenix off balance.
Sharpshooter Darrell Davis made three triples in the first quarter and DeShawn Sanders scored seven points as Douglass built a 15-point lead.
Davis, a senior guard headed to Dayton, finished with 16 points and received plenty of help from Sanders, a senior forward who scored 19. Adontus Pettway also finished in double figures with 10.
“We get another shot at Pershing in the semifinals,” said Davis. “We’re starting to play under control and with discipline. It’s not all about scoring, it’s about winning games.”
Playing at times with four sophomores, the Phoenix was never able to mount a serious challenge. Justin Turner’s free throw was the only offense the Phoenix was able to muster in the first quarter. Renaissance’s first basket came with 5:45 left in the first half on a layup by Corey Wheeler.
Led by Sanders’ 13 points, the Hurricanes had a comfortable 29-7 halftime lead.
Renaissance finally reached double figures with 6:30 left in the third quarter on two free throws by Wheeler to make it 34-10.
“Douglass has never played for the City Championship so it’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Davis. “I told coach I wanted to win the PSL and a state title before I leave here.”
He’s one game away from reaching his goal.