CHSL boys start state tournament play after triumphant finish to regular season

St. Mary’s Prep claims the spoils of its Operation Friendship 70-65 overtime win over Cass Tech at Calihan Hall. U-D Jesuit defeated Detroit Douglass, 67-59, in the other game of the doubleheader. Now CHSL teams turn their attention to the upcoming state tournament. (Photo by Paul Mellerowicz | Special to Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — The Catholic League boys regular season schedule went out on a   triumphant note Thursday night (March 5) winning both ends the Operation Friendship doubleheader between the two top teams from the CHSL and the Detroit Public Schools league.

In the championship game, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep beat Cass Tech, 70-65, in overtime.

In the game between the runners-up, University of Detroit Jesuit defeated Detroit Douglass, 67-59.

The Eaglets (19-1) led by 19 points after three quarters, but Cass Tech rallied to tie the game 54-54.

St. Mary’s Mr. Basketball nominee Lorne Bowman scored eight of his game-high 21 points in overtime. Nearly half of the Eaglets offense came from the free-throw line, going 31 for 35, including 12 of 13 in overtime.

U of D Jesuit employed a balanced scoring attack for its victory. Charles Turner had 14, freshman guard Sonny Wilson 13, and Addison Kalmbach 12.

Now the attention turns to the MHSAA tournament beginning on the district level Monday, March 9. District finals will be held March 13.

Here is a rundown of where CHSL teams will start their play:


Monday, March 9

  • University of Detroit Jesuit (13-7) vs. Oak Park (6-13), 5 p.m., at Detroit Mumford.
  • Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice (12-9) vs. Farmington (9-10), 5 p.m., at Farmington.
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central (7-12) vs. Canton (13-7), 6 p.m., at Northville.
  • Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep (19-1) vs. Pontiac (7-9). 5 p.m., at West Bloomfield.

Thursday, March 11

  • Warren De La Salle (12-7) vs. Warren Mott (7-13), 7 p.m., at Warren Fitzgerald.


Monday, March 9

  • Ann Arbor Fr. Gabriel Richard (7-13) vs. Ida (3-16), 6 p.m., at Dundee.
  • Dearborn Divine Child (14-6) vs. Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy (5-12), 5:30 p.m., at Divine Child.
  • Macomb Lutheran North (14-3) vs. New Haven (12-8), 6 p.m., at St. Clair.

Thursday, March 11

  • Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (14-5) vs. Pontiac Notre Dame (5-15), 7 p.m., at Detroit Country Day.


Monday, March 9

  • Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (5-10) vs. Detroit Edison (15-4), 5:30 p.m., at Detroit Edison.
  • Detroit Cristo Rey (15-4) vs. Detroit Central (5-10), 7 p.m., at Detroit Edison.
  • Detroit Loyola (15-3) vs. Madison Heights Madison (7-13), 5 p.m., at Loyola.

Thursday, March 11

  • Madison Heights Bishop Foley (9-11) vs. either Loyola or Madison, 5:30 p.m., at Loyola.
  • Royal Oak Shrine (4-15) vs. either Detroit Jaden Rose Academy (12-6) or Detroit Community (7-10), 7 p.m., at Loyola.
  • Allen Park Cabrini (2-17) vs. either Ecorse (13-6) or Canton Prep (14-6), 7 p.m., at Riverview Gabriel Richard.
  • Riverview Gabriel Richard (19-1) vs. Taylor Prep (3-17), 7:30 p.m., at Gabriel Richard.
  • Ann Arbor Greenhills (3-15) vs. either Manchester (8-11) or Clinton (7-12), 5 p.m., at Clinton.


Monday, March 9

  • Clarkston Everest (13-6) vs. Burton St. Thomas More (10-5), 7 p.m., at Dryden

Thursday, March 11

  • West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy (6-13) vs. Southfield Christian (16-3), 7 p.m., at Bloomfield Hills Roeper.
  • Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (6-12) vs. Dryden (14-6), 7 p.m., at Dryden.
  • Marine City Cardinal Mooney (12-7) vs. New Haven Merritt Academy (12-8), 6 p.m., at Deckerville.
  • Chesterfield Austin Catholic (5-9) vs. either Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (9-10) or Pontiac Academy of Excellence (7-12), 6 p.m., at Oakland Christian.