Southfield Christian aiming high

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published January 26, 2016

 Southfield Christian senior Richard Feagin makes a pass in a game earlier this season. The Eagles were 8-1 at press time.

Southfield Christian senior Richard Feagin makes a pass in a game earlier this season. The Eagles were 8-1 at press time.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — The offseason admittedly felt a little different for Southfield Christian boys basketball coach Josh Baker.

After winning three straight titles in Class D, the Eagles are not defending state champions anymore.

“Yeah, it’s different. I think the guys have more motivation. As a program, we want to prove that we can play with anybody in the state,” Baker said Jan. 19 following a three-point win at Southfield High. “We want to compete against the best, so there is more motivation.”

After dominating the Class D ranks, the Eagles voluntarily moved to Class C last season and fell to the eventual state champ, Flint Beecher, in a regional final.

At press time, the Eagles were 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division. Their lone loss came to Class A West Bloomfield High by one point in overtime.

Baker feels his team has a chance to regain the top spot in the state.

“They’re all skilled. Every one of them can make plays,” he said of his roster.

Senior Marlo Brown leads the attack. Against Southfield, he showed his versatility, racking up 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but he’s not the only offensive threat.

Southfield Christian can score in a number of ways with a number of players. Against Southfield, four players scored in double digits and two others finished with at least eight points.

Sophomore Bryce Washington led the way with 23 points.

“Our goal is still the same: to win a state championship,” Washington said. “I’ve never had a ring, and I really want it.”

Senior Jalen Bouldes said that the loss last season has made them a better team.

“We learned a lot from the regional final. We know each other better and have learned from our mistakes,” he said. “We’re more battle tested.”

Baker said the team needs to improve its late-game management, getting stops and valuing their own possessions.

“So if we clean up those two areas, we’re going to be pretty good,” he said. “We want to get to that elite level.”

For more on the game against Southfield, visit www.candgnews.com. Up next, the Eagles take on Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at home.

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