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 Farmington High’s Jaden Akins plays defense against North Farmington earlier this season. At press time, the Falcons were 4-4 overall.

Farmington High’s Jaden Akins plays defense against North Farmington earlier this season. At press time, the Falcons were 4-4 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Farmington High boys basketball back on track

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published January 21, 2020

 Farmington High’s Robert Davis Jr. drives by a North Farmington defender. The Falcons currently lead the OAA White Division.

Farmington High’s Robert Davis Jr. drives by a North Farmington defender. The Falcons currently lead the OAA White Division.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON — Throughout the course of a season, there are going to be ups and downs, and the Farmington High boys basketball team has begun to turn the corner after a rough start.

While playing tough competition like Detroit Martin Luther King, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and rival North Farmington, the Falcons opened the season at 1-4 overall.

It was a learning experience and an opportunity to see where they fit in with the best around the state. They weren’t quite there yet, but they don’t have to be in December and January.

Since that opening stretch, the Falcons have put the pieces together and held a 4-4 overall record at press time. Farmington was also atop the Oakland Activities Association White Division with a 3-0 mark.

“It gave us a chance to see where we were and showed our strengths and areas we need to improve on,” Falcons coach Terrance Porter said. “I think we learned a lot about ourselves playing the opponents we played. If you want to become a championship-level program (and) team, you have to play against championship-level teams.”

Porter credits his players for not allowing the season to go downhill after struggling to open the year. Other teams may have folded, lost their way and would still be fighting to get back on track.

Farmington made some changes and asserted itself on the defensive end and on the boards. The Falcons have now won three straight games and, while it’s still early, control their own destiny in the OAA White.

Now, the goal is to remain consistent and not fall back into habits that got them into trouble during the opening portion of the schedule.

“There comes a point every season where a team has a breaking point, and it could either make or break your season,” Porter said. “I believe ours was after we lost to King over Christmas break. We had a team meeting, and guys recommitted themselves to working and playing harder.”

Having consistent contributors like Jaden Akins and Tariq Humes has gone a long way into helping change the fortunes of the season.

But adding production from the likes of Zion Carroll, Robert Davis Jr. and Demarcko Coakley has taken some pressure off, while helping the Falcons get closer to their peak.

“We are not close to the potential this team has. We have not scratched the surface,” Porter said. “Hopefully, by the beginning of February, we will begin to hit our stride and be playing our best as we head toward March. I believe we are capable of winning our league and making a run in the state tournament.”

Farmington will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Southfield A&T.

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