Southfield High boys basketball bounces back

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published February 3, 2011

 The Southfield High boys basketball team comes together before a game earlier this season.

The Southfield High boys basketball team comes together before a game earlier this season.

Photo by Adam Sparkes


SOUTHFIELD — Though it was a loss, Southfield High boys basketball coach Gary Teasley knew the experience would pay off.

The Blue Jays fell to defending Class B state champion Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 79-59 Jan. 25 at home and allowed DCD’s 6-foot-10-inch center Amir Williams to score 28 points.

“We just have to continue to work and stay on course,” Teasley said following the game. “It was wonderful to have a team like Country Day come to us with a player like Amir, who is an exceptionally talented player inside.

“When you take the challenge, which I think we attempted to do, in the long run it can be very helpful for our program.”

Southfield showed what it learned two days later hosting North Farmington and its 6-foot-6-inch senior forward Urban Bingham.

In a battle for sole possession of first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, the Blue Jays won 79-51 to go to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the division at press time.

Bingham had 18 points in the first half, but was held scoreless in the second.

“It was extremely satisfying because we have some goals set for ourselves, … and we didn’t feel that our strategy and fundamentals were adequate to defend Amir,” Teasley said.

“We looked at tape and recognized some of the mistakes that we made, (and) we made some adjustments on our defense.”

Southfield senior captain Desmond Barnes said that, despite the loss to Detroit Country Day, the team’s confidence never wavered.

“We knew these would be the top teams we were going to play in the state, and we just wanted to get better,” Barnes said. “There’s no panic. We have five starting seniors. We know we just need to get better and keep grinding.”