North Farmington boys basketball makes history

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published March 21, 2016


WEST BLOOMFIELD — North Farmington played Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Class A quarterfinal after press time. The winner moves on to the semifinal at 2:50 p.m. March 25 at Michigan State University.

Raiders triumph in regional
For the first time in program history, the North Farmington boys basketball team was able to raise a regional trophy.

The Raiders beat Walled Lake Central 75-64 for the Class A championship March 16 at West Bloomfield High.

“Anytime you can live to see another day at this time, it’s special,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said. “We try not to look at the big picture. It’s another day in the gym for us right now.”

Leading by 2 points at the half, the Raiders (22-2 overall) set the tone early in the third, going on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes to lead 41-31.

“We knew once they got a little head of steam and their confidence rolling, they’re a streaky team. We knew it’d be hard to stop them,” Central coach Chuck Spolsky said. “When they punched, we didn’t come back with that counter-punch.”

North Farmington junior guard Amauri Hardy helped keep the Vikings at bay. He scored 10 straight points for the Raiders from the middle of the third through the opening seconds of the fourth.

“I basically felt that I could get it at will. I don’t like to force it, but the game started coming to me,” Hardy said. “My teammates allowed me to step up and make great baskets.”

He finished with 22 points.

“I’d like to say that was our call, but I think our guys saw that on the floor and really tried to exploit it and take advantage of it,” Negoshian said of Hardy. “It’s such an unselfish group of guys that really want to win and give up self-gratification to make sure we can have team goals first.”

North Farmington’s Billy Thomas led all scorers with 27.

Negoshian pointed to the unselfishness of his guards Hardy, Thomas and Jacob Joubet as one of the reasons why the Raiders made history.

“You can’t really put into words what it’s like to coach kids like that. They could all average 20 to 25 a night and don’t care to score,” the coach said. “They just want to win. To see the smiles on their faces for our program and our school, it’s unbelievable.”