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Southfield Christian boys basketball wins Class D state title

March 24, 2012

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The Southfield Christian basketball team celebrates its Class D championship March 24 at the Breslin Center.

The slogan for the Southfield Christian boys basketball team has been, "Find a way." On March 24 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, the Eagles officially stopped searching.

Southfield Christian won its first Class D state championship, beating Climax-Scotts 76-44.

“It’s unbelievable,” senior guard Gavin Toma said. “No one would think we’d win a state championship in basketball, and we did.”

Just two seasons ago, the Eagles finished 1-19 overall before going 11-10 last season.

This year, they finished 24-2 with their only losses coming against perennial state powers Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and Southfield High.

Against Climax-Scotts, the Eagles dominated early, owning a 16-5 advantage after the first quarter and extending it to 44-18 at the half, scoring as many points in the first two quarters as the Panthers did in the whole game.

“Thrilled as anything to get the win. I thought our guys came out and we guarded,” Southfield Christian coach Josh Baker said. “I’ve said all year, when we guard, we’re good. I thought we played solid defense rather than gambling and trapping.”

Despite a distinct difference in size, Southfield Christian outrebounded the Panthers 51-39.

Offensively, the Eagles tied the record for most 3-pointers in a state championship game with 12. They shot 42 percent from the field compared to Climax-Scotts’ 20 percent.

Senior Chris Dewberry led the charge with 30 points, missing only three shots all game. Senior Lindsey Hunter III added 15 and Toma accounted for 13.

“It was kind of a shock to me. I thought we were ready on defense” Climax-Scotts coach Steve Critchlow said. “You have to give credit to their shooters. Sometimes they just rose above.”

Or as you could say, found a way.

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