Anthony Qasawa scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half to help rally North Farmington to a come-from-behind victory over host Southfield in boys basketball Monday, 57-49.
The senior forward made a personal comeback, too. After going 0-for-6 from the floor to start the game, he made his last six shots in a row, including five three-point baskets.
The Raiders trailed 19-11 after one quarter and 29-21 at halftime after a lackluster first half in which the Blue Jays took the play to them.
Led by Qasawa’s three triples and 11 points, North outscored Southfield in third quarter, 23-7, to get control of the game.
Qasawa’s tip-in tied the score at 36. He made two threes and junior guard Jacob Joubert scored on a drive to the basket as the Raiders posted the last 10 points of the period.
The Blue Jays got within three at the start of the fourth quarter, 44-41, but a pair of Jeron Rogers free throws and consecutive threes by Qasawa pushed the North lead back to nine, 52-43.
With 3:30 remaining, the Raiders spread the floor and worked the clock with precise ball possession. Southfield eventually was forced to foul, and North made the rest of its points on free throws.
After missing their first five shots of the second half, the Raiders went 9-of-13 to finish the third quarter and 11-of-18 to conclude the game.
Rogers and Joubert scored 10 points apiece for North, which improved to 8-0 overall and started 1-0 in the OAA Red Division. Alex Darden added eight points and Josh Hogans six.
Isaiah Green scored 15 points and Michael Flowers 12 to lead the Blue Jays (5-3, 0-1). Karl Patrick and Khary Fanning tossed in eight apiece and Miguel Priest six.
Southfield, which made eight of 12 field goals in the first quarter, shot 40 percent (19-of-48) from the floor and was 6-of-8 at the foul line.
The Raiders made 42 percent (19-of-45) of their field goals and were 10-14 at the line. North made nine threes and Southfield five.