Southfield Christian boys basketball makes it three in a row
March 22, 2014
EAST LANSING — In the second half of the Class D boys basketball state final March 22 in East Lansing between Southfield Christian and Adrian Lenawee Christian, there were more starters on the bench than on the basketball court for Southfield Christian.
The Eagles had three players with four fouls and out for nearly half the game against Adrian Lenawee Christian.
“We never had this, where all our main guys were in foul trouble,” Southfield Christian coach Clennie Brundidge said. “Our other guys had to come in and step up. … I told them at the end that our depth is going to win this game. ‘Stay the course.’”
Brundidge was correct.
Southfield Christian won its third straight state championship, beating the Cougars 63-61.
“It’s indescribable. I don’t even know what to say, I’m in awe,” Southfield Christian senior Lindsay Hunter IV said. “My freshmen year, we lost in the first round of districts to Roeper. I never thought I’d be sitting in this position.”
Hunter finished with 16 points in 16 minutes of work, including a 3-pointer to tie the game with five minutes left, which also put a stop to a Lenawee 6-0 run. He fouled out with just less than four minutes remaining in the game.
With much of the scoring production out of the game, junior Bakari Evelyn took over for the Eagles. He finished with 28 points (16 in the second half), seven rebounds and four assists.
“It was tough once I saw we were losing (Hunter), (Marlo Brown), and (DeMarco White) for a few quarters. My whole objective was to keep it as close as possible until those guys could get back in,” Evelyn said. “I had to fill that role for a certain amount of time.”
Overall, the Cougars shot better from the field than Southfield Christian, hitting 46.3 percent compared to 36.4, but Southfield Christian won the battle on the glass 37-32, including eight more offensive boards.
The Eagles finish the year 26-1 overall. Lenawee Christian ends 21-5.