Southfield, DCD boys basketball battle in state semifinals

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published March 28, 2011

 Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day senior Amir Williams dunks during a game earlier in the playoffs. The Yellowjackets eventually lost in the Class B semifinals.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day senior Amir Williams dunks during a game earlier in the playoffs. The Yellowjackets eventually lost in the Class B semifinals.

Photo by David Schreiber

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The boys basketball season wrapped up and several local squads found themselves battling in the final four.

In Class A, Southfield High lost to eventual state champion Kalamazoo Central 44-42 March 25 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing in a Class A semifinal.

For the game, Southfield shot 32 percent, while Central shot 31.5 percent.

“I think both teams are defensive oriented. I think both teams understood that defense wins games like this,” Southfield coach Gary Teasley said. “I give Kalamazoo Central a lot of credit for their defensive ability. They had their stops, … and I think we did the same thing.”

Southfield, 20-6 overall, trailed by as much as 12 points midway through the third quarter and fought back to tie the game at 42 with 37 seconds left, but Central hit the game winner with four seconds remaining.

“Without question, this is one of those classic competitions that we can all be proud of,” Teasley said. “We’re extremely grateful to have the opportunity to make our second visit (to the semifinals).”

In Class B, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day’s season came to a close after losing to eventual state champion Lansing Sexton 69-59 March 25 in a Class B semifinal.

DCD beat Sexton last season in the state final.

“Having a chance to look at the video tape, I thought that we made more mistakes than we had in our other games this season and in recent memory,” Detroit Country Day coach Kurt Keener said. “We just didn’t play our game. With that said, we were still in it. They had a great third quarter, and that really was our demise.”

Country Day led 28-22 at the half, but Sexton would outscore the Yellowjackets 32-18 in the third to take control. In the second half, the Big Reds shot 68 percent compared to Country Day’s 25 percent.

Country Day finishes 23-4 overall.
 

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