BERKLEY/FERNDALE — The playoff road came to a close for local boys basketball squads at the district level.
In Class A, Berkley High fell to Southfield-Lathrup 73-63 March 5 at Lathrup in a semifinal.
“The biggest problem Lathrup presented was their size,” coach David McGlown said. “Lathrup probably had 20 or more offensive rebounds. … The kids showed heart and played hard for most of the game. We played our way back in the game at different stages of the game, so I was happy with our overall effort.”
The Bears finish 9-11 overall after going 7-6 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.
“The season was a success. We had many of our young guys play key roles and get better over the whole season,” McGlown said. “We started a great building block for the future of our program. At one point during the season, we were fighting for first place in the league, and no one expected that of us. We will look to be in that position again next year.”
In Class B, Ferndale University lost in the title game, falling to Detroit Douglass 41-39 March 7 at Detroit Central Collegiate.
In its semifinal, University beat Ferndale High 66-59 March 5. The Driving Eagles finish 14-3 overall.
For Ferndale, it beat Detroit Old Redford 60-50 March 3 in its district opener before losing to University.
“Overall, I felt we played hard, but out of character,” Ferndale coach Herb Goliday said about the game with University. “We had too many turnovers, missed free throws, and we didn’t rebound well enough. Credit to (University) for playing the better game.”
The Eagles finished 11-11 overall and were 8-5 in the OAA Blue. Last season, Ferndale finished 4-16 overall and 1-9 in its division.
“I thank my seniors for starting the foundation that I am trying to create at Ferndale High,” Goliday said. “Seven seniors will be leaving us, and I am thankful to have coached all of them. I wish them all the very best as they move on from high school.”