North Farmington boys hoops victorious in state semifinal

Will take on U of D Jesuit in final at noon March 26

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published March 25, 2016

 North Farmington's Billy Thomas rises for a shot in the state semifinal. Thomas led the Raiders with 26 points.

North Farmington's Billy Thomas rises for a shot in the state semifinal. Thomas led the Raiders with 26 points.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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EAST LANSING — One game, one challenge.

That’s all that’s left for the North Farmington boys basketball team in this storied season.

The Raiders (25-2 overall) take on U of D Jesuit at noon March 26 at the Breslin Center for the Class A state championship.

North Farmington earned the shot after a 60-48 victory against Lansing Everett March 25 in the semifinal.

“I think it’s a great win for our program and our school,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said. “To have seniors that have put in the time and effort that they have, really speaks volumes to where (we are).”

The Raiders never trailed in the contest. Billy Thomas opened the game, and subsequently three of the four quarters, with a 3-pointer. Teammate Amauri Hardy followed it up with a triple of his own to make it 6-0 and the Raiders never looked back.

“We just know in the state tournament, you can’t have slow starts. You’re doomed from the start if you’re not playing well,” Negoshian said. “I think more than anything, a good start for us gives us mental confidence of where we’re at and that we can keep going and playing. The more energy we play with, the better we are.”

Leading 20-17 at the half, North Farmington broke the game open to start the third. Thomas hit two straight 3-pointers, igniting a 14-0 run. The Vikings (16-11) were held without a field goal until nearly four minutes had passed.

“A big key for us at halftime, what we kept talking about is that we had to get stops defensively,” Negoshian said. “One-and-done would be better for us, and I thought we really shared the ball in the third quarter.”

Thomas led the Raiders with 26 points. Hardy chipped in 15. North Farmington shot 65 percent in the second half and 47.4 for the game.

Everett’s Jamyrin Jackson led all scorers with 27 points. The Vikings struggled shooting, hitting at 32.7 percent.

Up next is Jesuit. The Cubs are 27-0 and beat Macomb Dakota 72-51 in their semifinal.

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