Farmington got better as the game went along and made a steady comeback from a bad start in boys basketball Sunday.
The Falcons went from being down 14 points after one quarter to being 18 ahead at the end as they rallied to win the season opener over Detroit Allen Academy, 57-39.
Farmington trimmed the deficit to 30-22 at halftime in the inaugural Oakland Invitational at North Farmington and pulled even after three quarters, 36-36.
The Falcons, who allowed just nine points in the second half, won going away in the final period as they outscored the Wildcats, 21-3.
“We had trouble scoring in the first quarter,” coach Terrance Porter said. “I told (the Farmington players), if they cut it to single digits by halftime, we’d be fine.
“We were down eight at the half, and we had the opportunity to take control of the game in the second half because of our defense.”
The Falcons did that by taking care of the basketball, limiting the number of Allen (0-1) transition baskets and getting back on defense, he added.
“In the second half, we did a really good job of keeping them out of the paint, and we didn’t allow them to get multiple shots at the basket,” Porter said.
“It was nice to see the guys fight and not give up and not hang their heads after being down 14. I thought we remained poised and stuck with the game plan.”
Sophomore Jordan Graham led the Falcons with 18 points. Senior Justin Banks and junior Alex Manasa each had a double double.
Banks grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds and scored a dozen points. Manasa had 11 and 13, respectively. Graham also had eight rebounds.
Senior guard Jacob Feagin came off the bench to make a key contribution, and senior guard Austin Thompson showed great leadership and played a good floor game, according to Porter.
“Even though what (Feagin) did doesn’t show up in the statistics, he played excellent defense and limited their point guard’s dribble penetration,” he said.
Jason Williams scored 11 points for the Wildcats, Damon Johnson eight and Danny Tippen seven. Allen sank six of 15 free throws, Farmington three of eight.
Due to its strong rebounding, Farmington attempted 64 field goals to Allen’s 38. The Falcons made 27 two-point baskets and held the Wildcats to 11.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity to score, because we were attacking the glass,” Porter said, adding it was a great team win and effort.
“I just like the way we fought and competed. It was a great way to start off the year with a win. I thought it was a great team win, because we had guys come off the bench and provide quality minutes.”
Raiders roll over Eagles
North Farmington blasted Class D state champion Southfield Christian in the last of six games Saturday night in the Oakland Invitational, 70-42.
The host Raiders, who were 2-0 going into a Tuesday night game with crosstown rival Harrison, made a 15-0 run in the first half and led at halftime, 35-20. North expanded its lead to 44-23 after three quarters.
Senior forward Anthony Qasawa paced the Raiders with a game-high 25 points. He also had eight rebounds and was named the MVP of the game.
Senior center Jeron Rogers contributed 19 points, including several three-pointers in a display of his versatility and wide shooting range. He had five rebounds, too.
Junior forward Alex Darden led the charge on the boards and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds while adding six points to the scoring total.
Kasan Belgrave had nine points and Marlow Brown eight for the Eagles (0-1), who won the last three Class D titles but will be in Class C for the 2015 tournament.