The Cass Tech boys basketball team won the district championship, which took place at East English Village High School. Cass Tech beat King, 58-54, in overtime.
“It feels good to win the first district championship since 2017," CT coach Steve Hall said. I’m happy for the players and I think they work hard. I think we earned it, and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Hall said Cass played differently this championship game.
“I think we learned from our mistakes," Hall said. "The first time we played King, we had a lead, but we didn’t manage it. We got away from our game plan, but I think this time we played good for four quarters, and we were able to stick to our game plan. And I think that’s why we won”
Senior Jackson Pruitt, who played a big role in the Cass vs. King rivalry in football and basketball, said the team is now focused on the state playoffs.
“Winning the state championship and just taking it one game at a time," Pruitt said, referring to his team's goals.
Pruitt said the district championship highlights for him involved senior Terrance Broughton.
“Terrance catching the [alley] oop was sweet, at the end of the game, you know, locking up on defense and going into overtime, while everybody made clutch free throws," Pruitt said.
Coach Hall said he was proud of the team for following through with the game plan.
“… My highlight for the game was just, seeing everybody carry out the game plan you know, primarily defensively, you know, just stopping them when they needed to make baskets and executing what we practiced," Hall said.
“… This has been a fun team to coach. You know, this is a veteran team with numerous players that have been a part of the program for two or three years. So…it’s a mature team and I think it’s a hungry team and we are hoping that we can end the season on a high number.”
Pruitt said the main goal for him and his teammates is, “Trying to get a ring."