Farmington snapped a three-game losing streak in boys basketball Friday, and the victory that did it came just in time to keep the Falcons in the race for a championship.
Coupled with Hazel Park’s win over Berkley, there’s still a three-way tie for the lead in the OAA Gold Division between those two teams and Farmington.
The Falcons dispatched visiting Ferndale with a 56-44 win to improve their record to 5-3 in the division and 9-9 overall.
“We still control our destiny,” coach Terrance Porter said. “We just have to make sure we take care of our business. We can’t worry about anyone else.
“We have to win Tuesday. We can’t look ahead to Thursday. We know it’s going to be a tough game over at Harrison. We have to execute our game plan. We still have a lot to play for.”
Following a second meeting with the Hawks – Farmington won the first one, 57-40 – the Falcons will close the regular season Thursday with a home game against Berkley.
Following a 10-10 first quarter Friday, Farmington moved in front at halftime, 27-22, and was ahead going into the fourth quarter, 44-29.
Senior Connor Greenlee came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points for the Falcons. Senior Ryan Coucke and Justin Banks had 10 and eight, respectively.
Junior Malik Williams also posted eight points and sophomore Jordan Graham six. Banks grabbed 11 rebounds, too.
Keyon Austin also scored 13 points for the Eagles. Daniel Vann and Michael Hughey added eight apiece. Ferndale was 9-of-14 at the foul line, Farmington 4-of-11.
Farmington’s defense at the start of the third quarter was the key, according to Porter. The Falcons began the second half with a 6-0 run to boost their lead to 11 points.
“But then we allowed them to fight back,” Porter said. “We did a good job in the final two minutes of closing out the game. It was a team effort.
“I thought Connor Greenlee stepped up tonight and provided us with a great spark off the bench, great energy.”
Ravens top Hawks
Royal Oak made 26 free throws, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to capitalize on a 27-13 difference in fouls called Friday to beat host Harrison, 73-66.
The Ravens led 32-25 at halftime and were ahead 57-42 after three quarters. Royal Oak, which shot 37 free throws overall, had one field goal in a 16-point fourth quarter.
“I thought our kids battled like crazy despite the disparity in foul calls,” Hawks coach Jason Pickett said.
Senior forward Justin Whitted led Harrison with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Adrian Pattah had a career-high 15 points and Daniel Williams 12.
Senior center John Rexroth, who didn’t play Tuesday and was still feeling the effects of the flu, had six points, eight rebounds and one block. Malik Salaam had four assists and Tommy Williams four rebounds.
The Hawks, who were 11-of-13 at the foul line, are 2-6 in the OAA Gold and 3-15 overall. Cordell Dupree scored 27 points and Zach Metcalf 16 for the Ravens (4-4, 8-8).
Trojans win at home
Senior night lived up to its name as John Hogan, James Hill, Kamari Dooley, Elijah Bean, Jake Kubiak and Jermell Johnson played their final regular-season home game Tuesday for Clarenceville.
Each one played an important role in the Trojans’ 60-57 victory over visiting Macomb Lutheran North, according to coach Tony Paciero.
“Hogan, who has been an emotional leader for the team all year, earned the start and had a big block early on,” he said. “Dooley added his usual defensive spark along with several key rebounds.
“Elijah was strong defensively and scored five critical fourth-quarter points. Jake added to his string of strong games over the last month that has fueled the team’s resurgence.
“James scored nine points and was a load to handle down low. Jermell scored 25 points and was extremely efficient in doing so. As a whole, it was a solid team effort in which everybody contributed.”