Southfield High boys basketball young, but dreaming big

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published January 11, 2012

 Southfield High junior Quinton Arnold goes up for a basket against Berkley High 
earlier this season. The Blue Jays have only two seniors on the roster.

Southfield High junior Quinton Arnold goes up for a basket against Berkley High earlier this season. The Blue Jays have only two seniors on the roster.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — The faces of the starting lineup are different at Southfield High, but according to coach Gary Teasley, the standards remain the same.

The Blue Jays come into this boys basketball season without a returning starter from a core that took them to the state semifinals the past two seasons.

“It hasn’t been a major adjustment, because I enjoy coaching. Southfield is the same high school, but different faces. We have an expectation,” Teasley said during practice Jan. 4.

Southfield was 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division at press time.

The coach added that it is a process, as much of the team was also part of the football squad, which made a lengthy run in the postseason.

“We’re starting to find our chemistry a little bit and really making a commitment to a special kind of effort,” Teasley said. “The kids practice and get better. We put a lot of time in, and when you have some successes, you can build on it, and when you lose, you want to learn from them.”

Junior Brandon Bean said the team has learned some lessons, especially the close losses.

“We noticed that we (start) slow. We have to know our roles, and that’s where we have problems,” he said. “As we learn our roles and our identity, things will become easier for us. We’re progressing tremendously.”

The Blue Jays’ improvement showed Jan. 3 against Troy High, the defending OAA White champions.

Southfield took over in the fourth quarter, leading to a 49-43 victory.

Though the Blue Jays started slow in the Red, Teasley still believes his team has what it takes to come out on top by season’s end.

“We always feel that way, but we have to earn that,” he said of the Red title. “I want us to overachieve without under-promising.”

Bean said it’s a goal to keep the Southfield tradition of success alive.

“We’re always trying to improve Southfield, and the more we improve this year, the more we’ll be able to follow in (last year’s team’s) footsteps,” he said. “We know what we have to do. We just have to keep working. As time goes on, we’ll progress and everything will come together.”

Catch the Blue Jays against rival Southfield-Lathrup at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Lathrup.
 

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