North Farmington earns road win in OAA Red action

Raiders down Troy Athens 72-40

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 22, 2016

 North Farmington's Billy Thomas goes up for a shot against Athens. Thomas led all scorers with 31 points.

North Farmington's Billy Thomas goes up for a shot against Athens. Thomas led all scorers with 31 points.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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TROY — North Farmington boys basketball traveled to Troy Athens Jan. 22 and came away with a victory.

Forcing nearly 20 turnovers, the Raiders cruised to a 72-40 win in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division tilt.

Midway through the second quarter, the Red Hawks trailed by one point before a timeout by North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian.

“We didn’t play with a lot of energy to start,” Negoshian said. “We had to kind of just keep fighting it and fighting it to the point where our leadership kicked in, and we were able to do it.”

From the break, the Raiders went on a 13-4 run to close the half. It was more of the same in the third quarter, outscoring Athens 21-5 and putting the game out of reach.

“We picked it up in the second quarter, and then we started playing our own game, unselfish basketball, uptempo,” North Farmington’s Billy Thomas said.

Thomas led all scorers with 31 points. 

Hunter Nelson paced Athens with 11 points.

“I thought early on, we really took it to them. I thought we were right in the game and handled our business pretty well,” Athens coach Dave Scott said. “They wear you down and keep after you. I think our youth and inexperience showed at times, but I was proud of our effort. I thought we competed.”

With the loss, Athens falls to 1-8 overall (1-2 Red). North Farmington goes to 9-2 (2-1 Red).

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