The King’s boys varsity basketball team led by coach George Ward won their second Division 1, District Championship. They had wins over Cass, Melvindale, and Western. On Monday, Feb. 25, the team knocked out Cass in double overtime with a score of 55-51 at Western High School.
“Any time you have a close basketball game it comes down to possession for possession. We practice everyday working on winning possessions. We had a great game plan,” said Ward. “Cass had some wonderful players. I think ultimately our ability to defend and execute on the offensive end is what allowed us to prevail.”
By the third quarter, the Crusaders were down 10 points. Freshman point guard Chauncey Willis Jr. and sophomore shooting guard Davin Walker had their share of 3-pointers. Senior and point guard Jordan Whitford played a pivotal role in winning the game adding 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, which helped to propel King to a win.
“I knew my season was almost over. I knew I had to step up and make shots for us to win so that’s what I did,” said Whitford.
Another victory took place when King out shot Melvindale and won, 63-33. Even though Marcus Riley had 13 points for Melvindale, the team could not stop Willis with 12 points, senior and shooting guard Keith Tate Jr. with 11 points, and sophomore shooting guard Gelil Ward with 10 points.
On March 1, the Crusaders continued their quest to the top by defeating Western, 62-39. Senior and shooting guard Tate led the Crusaders with 13 points.
“I’m actually feeling really good about it because as long as we stay focused and stay mentally ready, I think we’re going to make it all the way,” said Tate.
“We’re prepared so whenever you’re prepared to do something success usually follows,” said athletic director and assistant principal Barry Cannon.