A 46-42 loss to Kalamazoo Central in the Class A boys’ basketball state championship game put a damper on Southeastern High’s record-setting 23-4 season, but it doesn’t diminish the accomplishment of finishing as one of the state’s top two teams.
Southeastern hadn’t appeared in the state championship game since winning its second of back to back titles in 1926. The Jungaleers were optimistic about ending that 85-year drought after winning the Detroit Public School League title for the first time in 55 years.
“We had an opportunity to win a basketball game that would have won us the championship on the very last day of the season,’’ said Jungaleers Coach George Ward, seated with 6-6 senior forward Brandan Kearney after Saturday’s defeat at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.
“To say we’re disappointed because our trophy doesn’t say something a little bit different, yeah, a little bit. But, Thursday or Friday, this young man (Kearney) will have a smile on his face again. The kids on this team have great character, and that’s what I’ll remember most about them.
“Maybe we’ll win one next year or maybe we won’t get here again for another 85 years. But we’re going to make sure that we continue to raise young men the way they should be raised.”