The Southfield Christian basketball team celebrates after winning the D-4 state championship over Frankfort High. The Eagles won the game 63-39.

The Southfield Christian basketball team celebrates after winning the D-4 state championship over Frankfort High. The Eagles won the game 63-39.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Southfield Christian knocks off Frankfort High, claims D-4 state title

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published March 16, 2019

 Southfield Christian's Da'Jion Humphrey goes up for a layup during the Eagles' D-4 state championship game against Frankfort High. Humphrey led all scorers with 20 points.

Southfield Christian's Da'Jion Humphrey goes up for a layup during the Eagles' D-4 state championship game against Frankfort High. Humphrey led all scorers with 20 points.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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EAST LANSING –– Dynasties don’t come around that often in sports.

But over the last decade, the Southfield Christian boys basketball program has established itself as one of the premier basketball programs in the state of Michigan.

The Breslin Center has become a second home for the Eagles, as they’ve won five of the last eight Division 4 state championships.

This year, Southfield Christian was able to knock off Frankfort High, which entered the game with a 21-5 overall record.

“The thing is the work ethic, I think. You get kids who love the game, and who want to be great and want to live in the gym, and then you create a culture of, ‘This is what we do every single day,’” Eagles coach Josh Baker said.

The Eagles were in control early, opening the game on a 13-2 run. That lead would only continue to grow as the game progressed, and Southfield Christian would eventually win 63-39.

Jon Sanders and Da’Jion Humphrey led the Eagles. Humphrey led all scorers with 20 points, while also adding five rebounds and five assists. Not to be outdone, Sanders poured in 19 points and collected three rebounds.

Last season, Bryce Washington and Harlond Beverly were the ones leading the way for the Eagles. With Washington playing for the University of Pennsylvania and Beverly at Montverde Academy in Florida, Sanders and Humphrey were the ones stepping up to lead this year’s championship team.

“I think they were two of the best captains we’ve had since I’ve been here. Great leadership, great work ethic, they put in more time, you can coach them, you can get on them,” Baker said. “When your two best scorers and your two best defenders are your two best leaders and work the hardest, you got a chance to be pretty good. They were unbelievable for us this year.”

The Eagles end the season with a 21-6 overall record. After opening the season with a 2-5 record, Southfield Christian went on to win 19 of its last 20 games.

With the slow start to the year, Baker and the guys put in extra time and effort to get back to the level of basketball the program has come to expect.

And with that extra work and effort, the Eagles will be hanging yet another state championship banner to go along with countless memories that were made over the course of the season.

“It’s just great. Last year, I was in a big role, but this is the biggest role I’ve ever been in throughout my high school career,” Sanders said. “No one wants to go out with a loss. No one wants their last high school game to be a loss, so to be able to go out on top is the best feeling ever.”
 

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