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BASKETBALL: Top Performers From Day Two Of The PSL Holiday Hoops Classic

   | Branden Hunter

BASKETBALL: Top Performers From Day Two Of The PSL Holiday Hoops Classic

DETROIT - The city teams dominated day two of the fifth annual PSL Holiday Hoops Classic, winning all five games. Teams from Canada and Illinois made their way over to Michigan and although they didn't leave with the win, still played well. A sophomore was the top performer of the day, with others coming in not too far behind.

1.Detroit East English Village Prep 2016 shooting guard Karmari Newman: The sophomore class in Michigan is loaded and Newman will be at the top. He's already 6-3, with room to grow, long and can flat out score. Newman can shoot it from deep and loves to attack the basket with his athleticism. The lefty plays a lot like former Detroit Pershing standout Martez Walker and had 32  points in a win over Detroit Community.

2.Detroit King 2014 forward Mart'e Grays: In her own league, Grays puts up good numbers. The Lady Crusaders played a Illinois state champions Crete-Monee, and the story was much of the same. Grays led her team to a 52-50 win, scoring 25 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking three shots. The 6-2 Grays scored 13 points in the final quarter and is committed to DePaul.

3.Detroit East English Village Prep 2014 guard Mar'Qywell Jackson: One of the top seniors in the state no one talks about, Jackson is productive on the court. At 6-5, Jackson can play multiple positions on the floor and has a smooth game. He's an excellent rebounder for a guard, scorer and defender. Jackson had 24 points and 17 rebounds and hit four 3-pointers.

4.Detroit Henry Ford 2016 point guard James Towns:     Another one of those budding sophomores in the state, Towns had himself a game. In a 67-56 win over Grosse Pointe North, Towns scored 25 points. Maybe not even 6-0, Towns is a tough player and is super athletic, dunking over two defenders on a fast break. Interested to see how he develops in two years.

5.Detroit Mumford 2014 guard Terrance Byrd: The Mustangs pulled off an upset over Detroit Southeastern, 55-44, yesterday. Byrd led all scorers with 21 points. The Jungaleers tried to make a late run with a minute to go, but six straight points by Byrd iced the game. Mumford has the athletes and ability to be a solid team, also beating a gold Chicago Hyde Park team three weeks ago.

6.Detroit Community 2015 guard Jalin Gardner: The Hurricanes lost by 14 yesterday, but Gardner was a bright spot for them. He finished with 23 points, scoring majority of them in the final quarter. Gardner also grabbed nine rebounds, seven of them offensive and was tough on the glass. With the departure of the seniors from last year's team that went to the Breslin Center, Gardner as  emerged as a go to guy for them.

7.Detroit Southeastern 2014 forward Leonard Harper-Baker: Another one of those underrated, yet productive players in the state, Harper-Baker is consistent. He scored 21 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Detroit Mumford. Harper-Baker has an inside and perimeter game, but a lot of his production comes around the basket. He's long and athletic at 6-5 and is a good defender.

8.Detroit Southeastern 2014 forward Darryl Bingham: He might be undersized for his position at 6-6, but that doesn't affect how he plays. Bingham had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Detroit Mumford. Offensively he has good post moves, can put it on the floor and shoot it. He's active on the glass and and athletic, catching a few alley-hoops last night. Bingham will be a nice asset when for a college team.

9.Detroit Cass Tech seniors Mike Laster, Charles Key and Sharif Black: These three played so well, that I had to mention them all. The Technicians beat Toronto Eastern Commerce 73-57, with a balanced attack from those three. The always dependable Laster led the way with 18 points, while the more underrated Black poured in 17 points. Key had 15 points and seven rebounds.

10.Detroit King 2017 point guard Alicia Norman: She only scored one point, but it was a crucial one. Norman's free throw came with 10 seconds remaining to put King ahead two and win 52-50. But it wasn't what she did offensively, but defensively. She had six steals, using her 5-2 frame to get under ball-handlers and is tough as nails.