Ray Day: DCD’s Ray McCallum shoots out no. 1 Pershing, 81-72

Posted: January 16, 2010 by Jared Field in High School
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LANSING, Michigan — It was 90 seconds that basketball fans in Lansing will never forget.

The duel between arguably the top two players in the state on Saturday was framed by five possessions in the third quarter of what had been a blowout in favor of Detroit Country Day.

With no. 1-ranked Detroit Pershing clawing its way back from a 20-point deficit early in the third quarter led by MSU-bound senior Keith Appling, it was put up or shut up time for DCD’s Ray McCallum.

He delivered.

On three straight possessions, McCallum gave Appling the business in the one-on-one matchup fans had been pining for. McCallum torched Appling for buckets including a step back 3-pointer in his face to bring to a crescendo the roar of a near-capacity crowd at the Don Johnson Fieldhouse.

In the intervening two possessions, Appling made two very nice passes to open shooters for baskets to keep the game relatively close, but the statement had been made.

With the exception of about five minutes in the third quarter, DCD controlled the game throughout, even in the absence of their injured 6-11 center, junior Amir Williams.

McCallum finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Appling poured in 22 points with nine rebounds and four assists.

Pershing senior forward Juwan Howard had a tremendous first half, but nearly shot his team out of the game in the second half. He took numerous ill-advised 3-pointers in the half and finished with 15 points.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one shocked to see McCallum and Appling actually guarding one another for stretches in this game. I was impressed with Appling’s ability to close off a McCallum drive early in the game. That being said, McCallum’s blow-by move is second to none in Michigan and Appling had nothing for him when the spotlight shined brightest.

McCallum punctuated the victory with a two-handed slam in the fourth quarter that sent many fans in the direction of the parking lot.

Here’s the bottom line: These are two tremendous players, and I would be hard-pressed to say with any certainty that one is better than the other. I think it’s clear that McCallum is more college ready than his counterpart, but, with respect to the high school game, I ‘ll call it a push.  One of the greatest match-ups I’ve seen since Tajuan Porter and David Kool at the Breslin a few years back. 

— Jared Field

  1. Hemi Man says:

    To Appling’s credit, Country Day was in a zone for much of the game which I assume was to attempt to minimize the damage that Appling could create. Appling was matched up with McCallum for most of the game and looks to be a terrific defender, something that will fit in perfectly in East Lansing. He ripped McCallum twice in the fourth quarter, including on a fast break.

  2. […] Ray McCallum stole the show on Saturday after beating back, almost by himself, a third quarter run by Pershing. He made the three signature plays that everyone was talking about after the game. It was McCallum, not Appling, that buried the decibel meter in Lansing, in spite of what the LSJ basically called a home game for Pershing. […]

  3. Kris says:

    does anyone know of any video existing of this game? would love to purchase a video of this game.

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