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Roseville High falls to UD Jesuit in Division 1 quarterfinal

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published March 12, 2019

 Roseville High coach Hassan Nizam speaks with his players during a game against UD Jesuit. The Panthers lost 91-54.

Roseville High coach Hassan Nizam speaks with his players during a game against UD Jesuit. The Panthers lost 91-54.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

DETROIT –– University of Detroit Jesuit came out and looked like a team that has been ranked among the best in the state all season. 

Roseville High was turning it over, missing shots and giving up easy baskets. In a Division 1 quarterfinal game March 12 at Calihan Hall, it was a disastrous start for the Panthers.

“I just thought everything that could’ve went their way in the first couple minutes went their way and everything that could’ve not went our way, went not our way,” Panthers coach Hassan Nizam said.

After trailing by more than 20 in the first half, Roseville would cut the Cubs’ lead to 12 at the half.

However, Jesuit was able to start the second half with the same aggression it showed to open the game, beginning the period on a 7-0 run. 

In the end, Jesuit would cruise to a 91-54 victory and claim a spot in the semifinal round of the state tournament. Roseville entered the game giving up an average of 47.5 points per game. 

Jesuit was led by Daniel Friday, Jalen Thomas and Caleb Hunter, who combined to score 53 points and grab 17 rebounds. 

For Roseville, its season ends with a 20-5 record. The Panthers were also co-champions of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and winners of district and regional titles. 

The Panthers were led by Martell Turner, John Ukomadu, Darien Banks and Lazell Judge, who combined to score 45 points and grab 12 rebounds. 

Roseville will lose four seniors: De’Shaun Wright, Judge, Ukomadu and Banks. 

“It’s got to be the best senior class that’s ever come through Roseville,” Nizam said. “What hurts me the most is I can’t coach those four seniors again, but it’s nice that I can be a part of their lives forever, through all the memories and the relationships that we’ve built.”