North Farmington boys basketball wins district title

Raiders down St. Mary's in Class A final

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published March 11, 2016


ORCHARD LAKE — North Farmington’s season was in doubt.

The Raiders trailed Orchard Lake St. Mary’s by four points with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter March 11 in a Class A district final.

“Our kids never panicked. There was no worry on their faces, we knew we had to battle for 32 minutes,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said.

The Raiders responded with an 8-0 run, helping lead to a 55-48 victory and the program’s second straight district championship.

“You just knew it was going to be an absolute dogfight. In their gym, it was a war,” Negoshian said.

Jacob Joubert started the run for North Farmington, hitting a 3-pointer with 3:43 left in the game to cut the St. Mary’s lead to 44-43.

On the following trip down, Amauri Hardy drove the left lane and converted the hoop and the ensuing free throw with 2:57 to give North Farmington the 46-44 advantage.

“That was really big,” North Farmington senior Alex Darden said. “I really felt a change in the atmosphere. Our crowd really got into, and they had a feeling that we were going to win.”

Darden got in on the action 45 seconds later, taking a dish from Hardy and scoring to put the Raiders up 48-44.

North Farmington made 7 of 8 free throws in the last two minutes to seal the game.

The win puts the Raiders at 20-2 overall. St. Mary’s ends the year 9-12.

“The one thing you always know about St. Mary’s is that no matter what kind of regular season they’ve had, come March, they’re really good,” Negoshian said.

Only three players on the St. Mary’s scored. Jalon Bailey led the way with 22 points. Teammate CJ Wilson added 20 and Frankie Dedvukaj had six.

North Farmington’s Billy Thomas led all scorers with 24. Hardy finished with 14.

The Raiders take on Hartland HIgh at 5:30 p.m. March 14 at West Bloomfield High in a regional semifinal.

“We just want to live to see another day. That’s our goal,” Negoshian said.