NCS Division 6 Champion!
CSD Boys Varsity Basketball completed it’s record breaking season with its first ever North Coast Section basketball championship defeating league foe, St. Elizabeth 55-47 on Friday, March 7 in a packed house at CSD.
The team faced St. Elizabeth for the fourth time this season. CSD defeated the Mustangs twice during the regular season then lost to them in the Bay County League playoff championship, 62-67 on Feb 22. CSD then earned the #1 seed in the NCS Division VI bracket while St. Elizabeth earned the #7 seed.
The Eagles had a 1st round bye then faced #8 seed Point Arena, a tough, stubborn, and physical team. The Eagles prevailed, 53-47.
In the Semifinals, #4 seed Archbishop Hanna sporting a 24-4 record traveled to CSD and in a fast paced game the Eagles came away on top 75-62.
In a packed house at CSD, the Eagles welcomed the Mustangs who had earlier defeated the #2 and #3 teams on the road for the NCS Division VI championship game on Friday, March 7. To create drama, the basketball officials arrived late, delaying the game until a 8:15 tip off from a scheduled 7:00 pm start.
The Eagles started with a Diamond and One defense to slow down the hot shooting Mustang duo of Cameron Jones and Ryan Knightsen.
The Eagles led throughout the game with a 4 point halftime lead and increased it to 14 points into the 4th quarter. The Mustangs then went full speed and trimmed the lead to 6 before the Eagles were able to secure its championship with near perfect free throw shooting, making 10 out of 12, most by Senior sharp shooter, Trace Martin at the stripe and clutch baskets by Freshman Jax Pedersen.
Junior Alexander Antsiferov led the Eagles with 15 points and 2 timely blocks in the 4th quarter while many others were altered.
The CSD Coaches led by Kevin Kovacs, John Hazelett, and Joshua Weinstock were most proud of the team for sticking to the TEAM concept all season long knowing that it will take a total TEAM effort without worrying who plays the most or who scores the most points in order to soar and be successful. It was thus a dream come true season for the Eagles, winning it’s second ever Consolation Champion at the famous big small school 16 team tournament in Boonville, winning the Clerc Classic at Indiana School for the Deaf, completing the regular season in league play undefeated, it’s first ever NCS Basketball championship, and single season record for most wins in a season with 25. This is a part of the goal and success but the coaches also know and stresses that success is also what happens to the members of the team 5, 10, and 15 years later.
Meanwhile the CSD Eagles, CSD community, and supporters everywhere will cherish the moments as a newly crowned Champion!