Southfield Christian downs Southfield High on the road

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published January 19, 2016


SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Christian boys basketball made the short trip to Southfield High and left with a 82-79 victory Jan. 19.

It wasn’t without a scare.

After leading the vast majority of the contest by double digits, Southfield made a run in the last two minutes of the game, outscoring the Eagles 11-4 to make it a one-possession contest.

“We played well to get a lead,” Southfield Christian coach Josh Baker said. Late ... they went straight to the basket for a bucket, and we didn’t value the ball.”

The Eagles led 19-11 after the first and then maintained an 11-point lead heading into the third and fourth quarters.

“We put ourselves in a hole with some ill-advised shots and turnovers,” Southfield coach Mike Avery said. “But that’s a good ball club. … A state championship-caliber team, to lose by three points shows we’re improving.”

Southfield’s Michael Flowers led all scorers with 28 points, including 13 in the fourth.

The Eagles had four players in double figures, led by Bryce Washington’s 23 points. Teammate Marlo Brown chipped in 19, along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Baker noted that the last five meetings with Southfield has been decided by three points or less.

“Any game with a rival is going to be a good game,” he said. “To get a road win is huge, and when we struggled late. We, actually, made some plays late to get some layups against their pressure, but obviously, we have to stop them and value the ball.”

Southfield Christian goes to 8-1 overall and takes on takes on Ann Arbor Greenhills at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 on the road.

The Blue Jays go to 5-4 overall and meet Clarkston High at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 on the road.