Southfield A&T gets by Farmington with game-winning shot

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published January 30, 2020

 Southfield A&T's Anthony Davis goes up for a shot against Farmington High Jan. 30. Southfield won 66-65.

Southfield A&T's Anthony Davis goes up for a shot against Farmington High Jan. 30. Southfield won 66-65.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

SOUTHFIELD –– In a game between two of the top teams in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, it was only fitting that Southfield A&T and Farmington High played down to the last possession.

After Tariq Humes nailed a corner three to put the Falcons up 65-64, Southfield A&T had its shot. The clock dwindled before Andre Floyd started to make his move.

He dribbled into the paint before running into the defense and was forced to put up a turnaround jumper from the left elbow. The ball hit the rim, then the backboard and bounced in.

With just seconds left, Farmington didn’t get a shot off and Southfield A&T escaped with a 66-65 home win Jan. 30.

“Andre is a three-year varsity man and now he’s stepping up and he’s showing the kind of leadership that I’ve been looking for on this team,” Warriors coach Darryle Buchanan said.

Sitting most of the first half with foul trouble, Floyd came out in the second half and made his presence felt, which culminated with the game winning shot. He finished the game with 8 points and seven rebounds, all of which came in the second half.

The Warriors had a balanced game, with multiple players having an impact. Jalen Mack had 15 points and six rebounds, while Anthony Davis and Caleb Banks chipped in 16 and 14 respectively.

The win pushes Southfield to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the OAA White, putting them firmly in the hunt for a division title.

“This game here is crucial to our future. If we’re going to do anything, we have to win out from this point going forward,” Buchanan said.

For Farmington, the loss drops them to 5-6 overall and 4-1 in the OAA White, which still leaves them sitting atop the conference but closes the gap between them and the teams chasing.

Farmington was led by Jaden Akins, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Robert Davis Jr. also chipped in 22 points, including six 3-pointers.

While the Falcons found some success on offense, coach Terrance Porter wasn’t happy with his team’s defense and rebounding throughout the game.

“If we’re going to win and win at a high level, we got to be able to guard people and we didn’t guard people tonight,” Porter said. “We didn’t do the tough things. We didn’t come up with 50/50 balls, we didn’t do a good enough job on the defensive glass tonight. All the tough stuff, we didn’t execute.”

Southfield will look to continue its winning ways when it hits the court again at 7:20 p.m. Feb. 4 at Troy High.

Farmington will look to rebound when it plays Grand Rapids Christian at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 1.