Ferndale High boys basketball gets road win against Berkley High

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published January 11, 2019

 Ferndale High senior Keelan Lucas is in motion during a game against Berkley High Jan. 11. With a 63-45 win, the Eagles improved to 3-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division

Ferndale High senior Keelan Lucas is in motion during a game against Berkley High Jan. 11. With a 63-45 win, the Eagles improved to 3-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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BERKLEY — Ferndale High’s boys basketball team now has a winning record in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, as the Eagles beat Berkley High 63-45 Jan. 11 at Berkley.

 

With the win, Ferndale improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the OAA Blue.

 

The Eagles never trailed in the game.

 

Following the game, Ferndale coach Juan Rickman discussed the keys to his team’s victory.

 

“Just pressuring the ball; trying to get better at defense,” Rickman said. “Defensive rebounding and just trying to do little things better.”

 

Although Berkley (3-5 overall, 1-4 OAA Blue) trailed just 16-11 after the first quarter, a big run by the Eagles in the second helped them seize control of the game.

 

After the Bears scored a basket to make it 18-16, Ferndale went on a 23-7 run before the half.

 

The Eagles led 41-23 at halftime.

 

After outscoring the Bears 16-11 in the third, Ferndale led 57-34 going into the final quarter of play.

 

Although Berkley outscored Ferndale in the fourth, the Eagles’ lead was never in jeopardy.

 

Ferndale senior Teonta McKeithen discussed what he thinks the win did for the Eagles.

 

“It did build a lot (of) confidence,” McKeithen said. “We came off a tough loss, and our coach (has) really been on us. It was our job to come out, get this win.”

 

The level of talent he saw from Ferndale didn’t come as a big surprise to Berkley coach Joe Sermo.

 

“We thought coming into the game we were (gong to) be up against a very talented group of players,” Sermo said. “We just knew if we played in four-minute increments, just in small increments, we’d be okay. And we did. Our energy level, our effort, our moxie was all there. We just had a very tough time putting the ball in the basket all night.”

 

McKeithen was credited with 25 points, and led all scorers.

 

Berkley junior Ari Belchinsky scored 15 for the Bears.

 

Up next, Berkley plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 away against Ferndale University.

 

Ferndale plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 away against Pontiac High.

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