Ferndale High boys basketball falls in semifinals

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published March 14, 2018

 Ferndale High senior Reginald Davis goes for a shot during a Class B district playoff semifinal against Clawson High March 7. Clawson’s 58-45 victory ended the Eagles’ season.

Ferndale High senior Reginald Davis goes for a shot during a Class B district playoff semifinal against Clawson High March 7. Clawson’s 58-45 victory ended the Eagles’ season.

Photo by Sean Work

 Ferndale High junior Teonta McKeithen makes a layup during a 58-45 loss against Clawson High in a Class B district semifinal March 7. The Eagles finished the season at 6-14 overall and 5-8 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

Ferndale High junior Teonta McKeithen makes a layup during a 58-45 loss against Clawson High in a Class B district semifinal March 7. The Eagles finished the season at 6-14 overall and 5-8 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

Photo by Sean Work

BEVERLY HILLS — Ferndale High boys basketball concluded its season in the Class B district tournament.

After receiving a first-round bye, the Eagles fell 58-45 to Clawson High March 7 at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day.

Ferndale coach Tom Staton said this season was unlike any other season he’s had before.

“I’ve never had this many injuries and suspensions,” Staton said. “This year, I have yet to play with the starting five that we had from the summer.”

Ferndale finished at 6-14 overall and 5-8 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division. The team’s final record didn’t match up with Staton’s expectations for the season.

“We really thought that we would be contending for the league championship, and we were up until the last three weeks of the season,” he said. “We were in third place. We thought that we at least would win the district, or at least compete with Country Day for the district. … But the young guys who are coming up, I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn (out).”

Although there wasn’t a lot for Ferndale to celebrate this year, there are some positives that Staton can take away from this season.

“My juniors I felt were pretty strong for me this year,” he said. “I had some guys who really came in and surprised — gave me some strong rebounding, some strong scoring efforts.”

William Scott, Reginald Davis and Roderick McClure were Ferndale’s senior players.

“They were great juniors and they were even better seniors,” Staton said. “They were true leaders for me this year.”

 

In other local boys district playoff news

Tournament host Detroit Renaissance beat Berkley High 62-41 in a Class A opener March 5.

Clawson defeated Ferndale University 60-46 in a Class B opener March 5 at Country Day.

Call Sports Writer Mark Vest at (586) 279-1112. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.