Baker and Southfield Christian avoiding upsets into quarterfinals

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published March 21, 2018

 Southfield Christian’s Harold Beverly drives the lane earlier this postseason. At press time, the Eagles were set to play in a Class D quarterfinal.

Southfield Christian’s Harold Beverly drives the lane earlier this postseason. At press time, the Eagles were set to play in a Class D quarterfinal.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Southfield Christian played Flint International Academy in a Class D quarterfinal March 20, after press time. Visit can
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SOUTHFIELD — College basketball followers who are fans of upsets certainly got their fill in the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.

But the eye-opening wins by the underdogs aren’t limited to the college game.

“You have to know anyone can beat you any given night,” Southfield Christian boys basketball coach Josh Baker said. “Our guys understand that, and it’s helped a lot.”

When the Class D playoffs began, the Eagles were heavy favorites to make a run for a state title.

And with the quarterfinals approaching, Baker and his guys had gone about their business perfectly. The Eagles were 20-4 at press time.

“When they understand how quickly this can all end, it makes it easy to focus,” Baker added.

Playing in the Marine City Cardinal Mooney regional March 12-14, Southfield Christian rolled past Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 87-46 in the final, two days after blitzing Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 79-50 in a regional semifinal.

Upsets avoided.

Baker said the team enjoys playing together, one of the key components of a successful season. 

“I think they’ve learned that when we play all out, 100 percent, lay-it-on-the-line defense, they see how good we can be,” Baker said.

The coach added that this run is everything they’ve been working for all season.

“The excitement around the school and with the staff and everything is awesome. The buzz is there. The crowds get bigger as the games get bigger. It’s all you hoped it would be,” he said.

The Class D semifinal is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 22 at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.

The final is set for 10 a.m. March 24 at the Breslin Center.