Ferndale High senior Keelen Lucas puts the ball up during a regional semifinal against Detroit Douglass. After beating Douglass, the Eagles’ season ended with an 89-40 loss against Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy March 7 in a regional final.

Ferndale High senior Keelen Lucas puts the ball up during a regional semifinal against Detroit Douglass. After beating Douglass, the Eagles’ season ended with an 89-40 loss against Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy March 7 in a regional final.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Ferndale boys basketball ends season with regional final loss

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published March 12, 2019

 Ferndale High junior Jaylen Daughtery contends with a defender from Detroit Douglass during a regional semifinal March 5. Prior to a loss to Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy in the regional final, Ferndale won the program’s first district championship since 2012.

Ferndale High junior Jaylen Daughtery contends with a defender from Detroit Douglass during a regional semifinal March 5. Prior to a loss to Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy in the regional final, Ferndale won the program’s first district championship since 2012.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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LIVONIA — Ferndale High boys basketball completed the program’s most successful season since 2012, making it to a Division 2 regional final.

The run came to an end with an 89-40 loss to Harper Woods Chandler Park March 7 at Livonia Clarenceville.

Although Ferndale trailed just 36-28 at the half, Chandler Park outscored the Eagles 35-1 in the third quarter to help seal the victory.

“Game plan was to focus on rebounding and limit the turnovers, so they can earn (their) points,” Ferndale coach Juan Rickman said following the game. “I thought we had a good shot if we could (have) did that, but we had some bad shots, turnovers, and not coming up with rebounds. … This is the most athletic team that we played. I think it was a shock for a few of the kids.”

Ferndale finished 16-9 overall. The Eagles were 11-3 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, which was good enough for third place.

The team also came away with the program’s first district championship since 2012.

“We made a lot (of) progress,” Rickman said. “We started a foundation for the culture shift, and the expectation to win — win in the classroom and be great people. We got our hands back in the community. (We’re) not going nowhere.”

This was Rickman’s first year leading the program. He discussed what the Eagles could take away from this season to help the program going forward.

“The attention to detail,” Rickman said. “Lot (of) the guys, it was their first year playing for me. … They got to see, when you don’t pay attention to detail, this is what (happens), 40 to 89. Can’t beat a team like that, not doing little things.”

Despite having the program’s best season in more than five years, Rickman’s aspiration for Ferndale basketball extends beyond the regional round of the playoffs.

“I expect to compete for a state title every year, here on out,” he said. “That’s (going to) be the goal. I expect to have most of our guys on the honor roll. I expect to keep on making an impact in the community; I expect for our community to keep supporting us, and I expect to keep putting kids in college.”

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