The last time Sherron Dorsey-Walker was in a game that mattered in Calihan Hall, he had an ugly result.
Playing for Detroit Pershing in the Class A quarterfinal on March 20, 2012, he and the Doughboys were cruising over Romulus, leading by eight early in the third quarter. Then the lead began to slip, Dorsey-Walker had to leave early and the chance to help win the game — which he had done in the regional one game earlier — was gone, along with his high school career.
“I fouled out and after that they pulled away,” Dorsey-Walker recalled this week. “It was one of those things, going back I remember that feeling, and I don’t want to have that same feeling happen again.”
The memories are still thick.
“It was really tough,” Dorsery-Walker said of the 67-62 loss. “You’re looking up and you fouled out and, as a senior, you don’t know if you’ll have another game or practice the next day. It was a tough one.”
Enough that a little less than four years later, even after playing summer pickup games at Calihan since then, he remembers that quarterfinal as he makes his game return today.
The Oakland University redshirt junior and the Golden Grizzlies play the first of two season meetings with Detroit Mercy this afternoon at 3 — and OU’s Pershing natives are ready.
Dorsey-Walker was a senior on that 2011-12 team, but was joined by two key juniors, Martez Walker and Kahlil Felder.
They’re all now at Oakland — Felder straight out of high school and now a Top 25 Wooden Award candidate, Walker a Texas transfer and Dorsey-Walker an Iowa State transfer.
“It’s going to be a good deal because we already played there and it’s back home, we’re getting a chance to play back in Detroit,” Dorsey-Walker said. “That was a bonus to be able to come back, to have our families drive just a couple miles was a plus.”
Walker remained in that game in 2012, scoring 22 points in the loss.
Without Dorsey-Walker the next year, Pershing lost again, 93-91, to Romulus at Calihan in the quarterfinals.
“Getting a win there will be the best feeling of my life,” Walker said. “We lost there Sherron’s senior year and I just want to make that up to him. And we’re back making it right with each other.”
While Felder has been a breakthrough national star this year — ranking first in assists and third in scoring — this season has been an evolution for the two newcomers.
Dorsey-Walker, who has played since the beginning and is averaging 9.2 points per game, is still searching for a rhythm, shooting just 39% from the field.
Walker, who only began playing after the first semester was completed in mid-December, also isn’t settled, having three games of 13 or more points but four others of four points or fewer. He has served as a defensive stopper, which may be part of today’s challenge to see if he can handle UDM standout Paris Bass.
“Being our city and all our Doughboy family will be here and watch us play the game,” Dorsey-Walker said. “We talked about the past and how special playing in that arena and all the greats that came through there. We talked about we need this win this weekend and it’s a big one.”
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