In perhaps the biggest game of the year in Michigan, the big school beat the little school on Saturday - but not by much.
Class A No. 1-ranked Pershing (Detroit, Mich.)
overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat Class C No. 1 Beecher (Flint, Mich.)
81-74 during the third annual Horatio Williams Freedom Classic before a standing-room crowd at Fitzgerald (Warren, Mich.).
Beecher had won its last 39 games, while Pershing extended this year's winning streak to 12 games.
Senior Kahlil Felder
paced the winning Doughboys with 32 points and eight rebounds, while Lorenzo Collier
added 20, including his team's final 10.
Felder told the Detroit News, "It comes from toughness. My team believes in me. My teammates believe in me."
For Beecher, Mr. Basketball candidate Monte Morris
scored 25 points, including 16 in the first half, and Emmanuel Phifier