Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy defeats Southfield Bradford, wins CSC Title

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published February 5, 2019

 Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy's Andre Bradford tries to get by a Southfield Bradford defender in a game Feb. 5. Chandler Park Academy won the game 71-35.

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy's Andre Bradford tries to get by a Southfield Bradford defender in a game Feb. 5. Chandler Park Academy won the game 71-35.

Photo by Randy Wilcox

SOUTHFIELD –– The Charter School Conference championship came down to one game. 

 

Southfield Bradford and Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy both entered the Feb. 5 matchup with unblemished league records, but it was Chandler Park Academy who was able to come out on top. 

 

The Eagles started the game off on a 10-0 run and never looked back, winning the game 71-35. Chandler Park Academy has now won back-to-back CSC titles. 

 

“We need to finish the job and win the tournament, but it’s a good job. The kids worked hard, they’re buying in. I’m proud of the guys,” Chandler Park Academy coach James Scott said. 

 

Offensively, Chandler Park Academy was led by Andre Bradford, Tyland Tate, Derek Bryant Jr. and Marquez Steele. Bradford had a game-high 17 points, while Tate and Bryant Jr. combined for 26 points. Steele added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. 

 

Defensively, the Eagles stifled the Bulldogs with a variety of defenses, which allowed them to jump out to an early lead. In the game, they forced 21 turnovers. Scott said defense was the key to the game. 

 

“We try to predicate our game off our defense. Our first thing is let’s get stops. Let’s get our first couple baskets off our defense, let’s cause some turnovers, get out and run and get some easy baskets,” Scott said. 

 

For Bradford, mistakes and rebounding were a problem throughout the night. The Bulldogs were outrebounded in the game 40-32.

 

Bradford was led in scoring by Percy Redd and Steve Smith. Redd had 9 points and five rebounds, while Smith added 8 points and 11 rebounds. 

 

Bulldogs coach Denolius Burkes gave Chandler Park Academy credit for what it was able to do on both sides of the ball. He also wants to see his team buy in and play tougher on both ends of the court. 

 

“(Chandler Park Academy) came in here, you saw a well-coached team, a disciplined team, high IQ point guard that ran the offense, did everything the right way,” Burkes said. 

 

The next game for both teams will be in the opening round of the CSC Tournament Feb. 9.