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March 13, 2013

Berkley High, Ferndale High boys hoops teams fall in districts

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Ferndale High boys basketball coach Herb Goliday talks to his team during a break in a game earlier this season. The Eagles fell in their Class B district opener March 4 at home.

The boys basketball season came to a close for Ferndale High and Berkley High.

Ferndale fell to Warren Fitzgerald 59-47 March 4 at home in a Class B district opener.

“We played very hard, but were unable to make the necessary stops on defense when needed,” Ferndale coach Herb Goliday said. “Our team had costly turnovers, could not make defensive stops when needed, and we struggled offensively in the second half.”

The Eagles finish the year 4-14 overall and 1-9 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“We had peaks and valleys all season. For this team, it was a serious case of on-the-job training. We would compete for a full 32 minutes, but we were on the losing end most of those games. We are still learning how to finish out games with victories,” Goliday said, adding that he had one senior on the roster. “The expectation of the program has risen drastically.”

Berkley lost to Oak Park High 77-67 in overtime March 4 at Birmingham Groves in a Class A district opener.

“The team showed lot of heart and fight. We erased a 17-point deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter to be leading by two points with 14 seconds left,” Berkley coach David McGlown said. “In overtime, a couple of 50-50 balls didn’t go our way, and we ran out of gas. We fought so hard to get back in the game, we had nothing left in overtime.”

Berkley finishes the season 4-17 overall.

“My younger guys showed lot of improvement in the last few games. We fought each game to be in position to win, but just couldn’t make the necessary plays at the end to pull it off,” McGlown said. “We had a couple players in our senior group who improved enormously this year. They came each and every day and worked hard to get better. Myself and the coach staff were very grateful to get the opportunity to coach those guys.”

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