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Southfield Christian boys hoops understands MHSAA decision

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published March 20, 2020

 Southfield Christian’s Rahmon Scruggs goes up for a layup in a game earlier this season. The Eagles were supposed to play Novi Christian Academy in a D-4 district final.

Southfield Christian’s Rahmon Scruggs goes up for a layup in a game earlier this season. The Eagles were supposed to play Novi Christian Academy in a D-4 district final.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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For the Southfield Christian boys basketball program, everything it does is all in preparation for a state championship run.

The Eagles have dominated the Division 4 basketball scene, collecting five state titles in the last decade. They wanted to get their third consecutive title this year.

Thanks to COVID-19, that dream will have to wait. With play being suspended, there was disappointment but an understanding that the Michigan High School Athletic Association was doing the right thing in keeping everyone safe.

“There’s bigger things than basketball,” Eagles coach Clennie Brundidge said. “In a way, it is very disappointing. To be that close, to have the tournament started and now suspended until further notice, it’s difficult.”

When play was suspended, Southfield Christian was set to play Novi Christian Academy in a D-4 district championship.

The Eagles were 17-4 overall and undefeated in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division. They had won nine of their last 10 games.

Southfield Christian challenged itself in the non-conference to prepare itself for the postseason. All four of the Eagles’ losses came against Division 1 opponents. They had wins against the likes of Detroit Edison, Birmingham Brother Rice and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. 

“At the end of the day, I’m very proud of those guys. We came a long ways. We fought through a lot of injuries,” Brundidge said. “The next man stepped up, and I’m very proud of the way they did that.”

While the season is currently suspended, there is a real possibility that it could end up being cancelled. For a team full of seniors, that would be a tough blow.

Brundidge has seen this senior class accomplish a lot of things during their time as players. He wanted to help send them off on a high note.

The Eagles haven’t given up hope, however. With play being just suspended at this point, there is still optimism that the season can continue.

“I do challenge them to maintain top physical conditioning just in case the suspension is lifted and the tournament can continue,” Brundidge said. “Most of my players, they’re gym rats anyway. I have no problem understanding that they’re doing something.”

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