North Farmington boys basketball wins program's first regional title

Raiders down WLC in Class A final

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published March 16, 2016

 North Farmington's Amauri Hardy takes a shot against Walled Lake Central in the final. He finished with 22 points.

North Farmington's Amauri Hardy takes a shot against Walled Lake Central in the final. He finished with 22 points.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — 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.

“Any time 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 two 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.

Anton Lucaj paced Central with 18. Teammates Runako Ziegler and Walter Kelser finished with 16 and 15, respectively.

Up next, North Farmington meets Sterling Heights Stevenson at 7 p.m. March 22 at University of Detroit Mercy.

Central finishes the year 20-4 overall.

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