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Season ends abruptly for 3 Warren boys hoops teams

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published March 20, 2020

 Warren Woods Tower’s Donovan Brownlee, right, tosses up a shot over Fraser High’s Thomas McNelis earlier this season. The Titans were set to meet Warren De La Salle in a Division 1 district final before the winter season was postponed.

Warren Woods Tower’s Donovan Brownlee, right, tosses up a shot over Fraser High’s Thomas McNelis earlier this season. The Titans were set to meet Warren De La Salle in a Division 1 district final before the winter season was postponed.

Photo by Sean Work

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WARREN — Three local boys basketball teams will be left to wonder “what if” after the COVID-19 pandemic led the Michigan High School Athletic Association to indefinitely suspend the winter sports season.

Warren Woods Tower and Warren De La Salle were set to meet in a Division 1 district final March 13, while Warren Michigan Collegiate was to square off with Mount Clemens High in a D-3 district title game the same night. The decision was made March 12 to postpone the games in an effort to limit possible exposure to the virus.

Tower coach Jason Henshaw said he is still holding out hope for more time with his team.

“Technically, the season is still postponed, according to the MHSAA, so I get to hold out hope for some more time with this team,” Henshaw said. “But most important is everyone’s health — not just the athletes and coaches — but all of our friends and loved ones who we may come into contact with.

“It was the right decision to postpone everything.”

Tower was 13-9 overall and set to appear in a second straight district final. De La Salle (13-8) was looking for the program’s 28th district championship. Michigan Collegiate (15-6) could have won the program’s second district title — and first since 2017.

“I felt we were clicking at the right time,” said Henshaw, whose team won eight of 10 games to end the season. “I was interrupted by at least one player who said, ‘We will stay locked in.’ It caught me off guard, but it was one of my proudest moments as a coach.

“These guys wanted (a district title) badly. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for. So it hurts thinking about it.”

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