Sexton shocker: Big Reds down DCD in state semis

Posted: March 25, 2011 by Jared Field in High School

EAST LANSING, Michigan — Lansing Sexton avenged last year’s loss to Detroit Country Day in a big way on Friday night at MSU. Led by junior guard Bryn Forbes, the Big Reds rode the run-outs in transition to a 69-59 victory over the heavily-favored Yellowjackets.

Sexton’s game-plan mirrored that of the DCD’s chief rival, Flint Powers. The Big Reds beat the Yellowjackets down the floor with the frequency throughout the game. Amir Williams saved them on a couple, but the barrage didn’t stop in the second half.

Forbes was simply magnificent in all facets of the game. He scored a game-high 29 points on 15 shots for the Big Reds.

Senior Tyrin Wade struggled on the offensive end, but probably has as much to do with the victory as anyone. Wade, undersized at about 6-5, played tough in the post against Amir Williams all game. Wade held the Ohio State-bound big to 14 points on seven shots. A player of Williams’ caliber has to manufacture more shot attempts in a game like this one.

The MSU-bound junior Denzel Valentine struggled early, but had an excellent second half highlighted by a pair of slams in transition and a couple amazing passes. He finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Junior Anthony Clemmons also poured in 12 points with nine rebounds.

After leading by six at the break, DCD didn’t quite know what hit them in the second half. The Big Reds shot an eye-popping 68 percent from the floor in the second half.

The only bright spot for DCD offensively was senior guard Lee Bailey, who scored 17 points with four assists.

In the post-game press conference, Sexton head coach Carlton Valentine gave the assembled media what he called a “Flair” — an homage to WWE great Ric Flair.

“Whooooooo!,” he shrieked. “That’s my statement.”

Sexton will play the winner of Dowagiac and Muskegon Heights.

  1. Gavin says:

    I don’t know what to think of valentine. At times he looks average, then dunks it of nowhere and drops a dime that reminds me of noopy before he was ruined by handlers. I’m still not convinced he’s msu good, but he is better than his brother, a starter at Oakland.

    bryn Forbes by the way is the truth. Has ice in the veins.

  2. Jared Field says:

    I thought Valentine, overall, had a decent game. He shows flashes of being amazing, though, as you pointed out. He has a little bit of old-man in his game, which I like.

    He’s not what I would call explosive, but he’s really talented.

  3. muthguy1 says:

    Denzel seems to have a lot of really good skills, but none of them predominate. Because Sexton has four starters who can get 20 points in any particular game (and the fifth starter Jalen Hayes is not exactly a slouch either), Denzel does not have to score big for Sexton to win.

    He hustles all the time and plays good defense. I think that it’s great when the best player on the team puts the team first like Denzel does. Everyone on Sexton follows his lead. If someone is hot, they get the ball.

    He has good range on this three point shot, too. I don’t pretend to have the knowledge as to which players will be better in college, but in High School, Denzel’s all-around game is excellent. I have a feeling Izzo will find something to do with him.

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