EAST LANSING — Southfield Christian boys basketball proved to be too much for Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian and the rest of Class D.
The Eagles beat Tri-Unity 65-46 March 23 in East Lansing to defend their state title.
"I just thought our toughness and ability to go on some runs really helped us," Southfield Christian coach Josh Baker said. "I'm thankful the hard work paid off."
The Eagles led by five points after the first quarter and then were able to push the lead to 11 at the half.
In the third, Southfield Christian took over, outscoring the Defenders 20-9 in the frame, including an 18-2 run.
The Eagles shot 63 percent in the quarter and held Tri-Unity to 33 percent.
"It's hard to beat them when they're shooting that well," Tri-Unity senior Joey Blauwkamp said.
For the game, Southfield Christian shot 52 percent; the Defenders were 34 percent.
The Eagles also got their scoring from a variety of sources. They had four players in double figures, with Damarco White leading the way with 15, nine of those came in the third quarter.
The Defenders had two players in double figures and just two points from their bench, compared to the Eagles' 14.
After starting the year 3-4 overall, Southfield Christian finished its championship season 23-4.
Tri-Unity finishes the season 25-3, and coach Mark Keeler expects to see more of the Eagles.
"When you see how young their team is, they're definitely going to be a force in Class D," he said.
Southfield Christian freshman Eugene Brown, who finished with 13 points, agrees.
"The sky is the limit," he said.
October 05, 2015
Romeo remained undefeated by defeating Macomb Dakota 26-14 in a Macomb Area Conference crossover that paired two of the top-ranked teams in Michigan. Romeo’s defense came into the game having surrendered just 13 points all season, and helped seal the win with a safety and interception return for touchdown by Brad Tanner in the fourth quarter. Romeo earned its first win against Dakota since 2010.