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March 19, 2014

Southfield Christian boys basketball wins regional title

Team plays in quarterfinal after press time

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Southfield Christian’s Kasan Belgrave rises for a shot during a game earlier this season. The Eagles won a Class D regional championship before moving on to the quarterfinals after press time.

SOUTHFIELD — Before the Southfield Christian boys basketball coaches even reached the locker room March 13 at West Bloomfield High, the players were already huddled up discussing the next plan of attack.

The two-time defending Class D champions trailed rival Allen Park Inter-City by seven points at the break in a regional final.

“I think it was about leadership and the guys being battled-tested and being in that position before,” assistant coach John White said.

The Eagles responded, even taking the lead briefly in the third quarter. The squads headed to the final frame tied, and the Eagles eventually trailed again by two before opening the floodgates and earning a 67-62 victory.

“It was just a matter of us regrouping — everyone getting their minds into it, calming down and just playing the solid basketball we were used to playing,” said White.

Southfield Christian played Peck High in the quarterfinal after press time. The winner plays in a semifinal March 20 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. For a full recap, check www.candgnews.com or see next week’s paper.

Against Inter-City Baptist, Southfield Christian trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter.

“We just came out, I don’t want to say flat, but just missing our assignments,” White said. “We found ourselves in a dogfight from the beginning.”

This was the Eagles’ third time beating Inter-City this season, including a three-point win in January. It’s the fifth straight win against the Chargers overall. Last year in their three meetings, each squad won a game by one point and then Southfield Christian took the rubber match in overtime in a regional final.

Despite the close call, the Eagles were 23-1 overall this season.

“It just shows their character and determination,” White said. “I was telling them before the game that we’re No. 1 in the state for a reason, not because anyone gave it to us, but because we worked for it.”

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