Southfield Christian boys basketball wins first regional title
Published March 21, 2012
SOUTHFIELD — There was a lot of activity in the Southfield Christian gym March 15, as the boys varsity basketball and the girls softball team were sharing the facilities.
Sharing was good thing, because it meant the Eagles were still playing late into March, which the program has never done.
Southfield Christian won its first Class D regional title March 13, beating Detroit Westside Christian by forfeit.
“We were disappointed we couldn’t play the game. I think they run a great program — just a great, big, athletic team — and we wanted to play them. I’d rather play them and lose than move on this way,” coach Josh Baker said. “It stinks, but survive and move on. We can’t control it, so just prepare for the next game.”
The Eagles played Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary March 20, after press time. The winner of that game plays at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Breslin Center for a chance to go to the state final.
“There’s definitely a buzz in the school, and I think we have a chance. We have as good of a chance as anybody,” Baker said.
It’s been a season of breaking through barriers for the Eagles.
They won their first district title since 1982 and have won each postseason game by an average of 25 points.
“I do think we’re peaking. I still think we can do better,” Baker said, as the Eagles were 21-2 overall.
Much of the Eagles’ success has come from the guard play, including senior Chris Dewberry. He said winning the district title was a special moment.
“It really felt good to me since it was my first year, and I was a senior,” he said. “It really made me feel like I was actually doing something, a big mark for my life.”
He admits he was disappointed in not playing the regional final, but “it’s always a good thing to make history, so you can’t really be mad about it.”
Along with the guards, Dewberry attributed the success to confidence.
“In practice, we always build each other up … we make sure everyone is confident in their own game and in their role,” he said. “Also, it really helps you to be confident when the teachers, the superintendent, everyone in charge, always gives you a boost of confidence.
“The girls basketball team even wrote us words of encouragement. Everyone chips in, in their own way, to get us by.”