Southfield Christian senior Bryce Washington fights through a foul during a recent game. The Eagles were 15-3 at press time as the playoffs quickly approached.

Southfield Christian senior Bryce Washington fights through a foul during a recent game. The Eagles were 15-3 at press time as the playoffs quickly approached.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Southfield Christian eyes long playoff run starting next week

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published February 27, 2018

 Southfield Christian sophomore DaJion Humpherey and the rest of the Eagles begin play in the Class D playoffs March 8 at home.

Southfield Christian sophomore DaJion Humpherey and the rest of the Eagles begin play in the Class D playoffs March 8 at home.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

SOUTHFIELD — Ever since last season ended, players returning to the Southfield Christian boys basketball team have kept one eye on the task at hand and another on the state tournament.

Very shortly, all focus can shift to the latter.

It was last March when the Eagles were one of four remaining teams in Class D and then fell to Powers North Central 84-83 in double overtime at the buzzer.

North Central moved on and eventually took home the state title, while Southfield Christian was left wondering what could have been.

“I think they are very excited,” coach Josh Baker said of his guys and the upcoming state playoffs. “Obviously, there was some big disappointment in how last year ended. It showed us how one possession can decide a game and end a season. There were so many lessons to be taken from that. We saw what can happen in the playoffs.”

Teams across the state get going March 5 with district openers.

Southfield Christian has a bit more time, opening play in the Class D tournament at 5 p.m. March 8 at home against West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy or Cornerstone Leadership and Business in a semifinal.

The Eagles (15-3 overall at press time) are overwhelming favorites in the bracket, which also includes Warren Macomb Christian, Novi Franklin Road Christian and Michigan Math and Science. The final is set for 7 p.m. March 9.

Southfield Christian still had one game remaining at press time, a 7 p.m. March 1 tilt at home against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day.

“Execution,” Baker said when asked about the rest of the year. “We have to do what we want and what we can. The key for me is playing these tough games late in the season. They kind of have that state-playoff intensity. Win or lose, you get better from games like this.”

So now, with the marathon of the regular season all but over, what’s this group capable of accomplishing?

“Winning a state championship or at least be in the hunt,” Baker said. “That’s the goal we’ve had. We’re in that kind of position, whereas if we play our game, we should have a chance.”

He promised no team would be looked over, and every game has to be treated with the utmost respect.

“Everyone is just excited to get the playoffs going,” Baker added. “The guys are really starting to have fun in practice, enjoying one another and playing well. We’re looking forward to what we think could be a pretty cool buzz with this team. At the same time, it can be over in a week, just like that. We have to prepare (for) every single game as if it’s a championship battle. The goal is to finish 1-0 on every possession, every quarter and every game.”