CLARKSTON — For the seventh time in the career of coach Kevin McAlvey, Fellowship Baptist Academy’s boys basketball team has won a Michigan Association of Christian Schools state title.
The Falcons were winners March 2 when they beat Springfield Christian 62-47 in Clarkston.
Fellowship (16-3), who had overcome numerous injuries in the regular season, held Springfield Christian to just five points in the first quarter.
“If we go back a few weeks to a tournament we played at Springdale Academy, that was a turning point where we figured out defense would get us through a tournament,” McAlvey said. “I think the realization finally hit them that defense is important. We only allowed them one field goal in that first quarter.”
Fellowship led 30-20 at the half thanks to eighth-grader Keleb Barrett scoring eight points
Springfield Christian knocked one point off the lead in the third quarter but trailed 40-31 at that time.
The Falcons ended the game with a 22-16 fourth quarter.
“I think we outsized Springfield, so we tried hard to keep them out of the paint and rebound,” McAlvey said.
Fellowship Baptist had enough injuries that McAlvey called it “a hospital unit more than a team about to wrap up a state championship.”
“A couple of those guys came on at the end of the season. David Chandler was our leading scorer and rebounder before he got mono and his spleen enlarged,” McAlvey said. “John (Kim) and Kaleb (Barrett) stepped up and helped offensively.”
The Falcons had five of their six scorers in double figures, led by Dalen McAlvey with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bogart added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Kim and Bogart added 11 each.
Niko Alonzi led Springfield Christian with 15, followed by Brandon Franklin with 13 and Andrew Alonzi, twin brother of Niko, with 12.
“With Moae (Kim) being one of our leading defenders and David (Chandler) one of our leading scorers, we had some holes to fill,” Kevin McAlvey said. “You always say how guys have to step up, but that’s exactly what the other guys did.”
Fellowship Baptist has won eight total MACS state titles in boys basketball.