Raiders romp to easy victory over Chargers, 77-54

Raiders romp to easy victory over Chargers, 77-54


Raiders romp to easy victory over Chargers, 77-54


When you look at the final score, it’s hard to believe North Farmington looked to be in some trouble early in its basketball game Tuesday with visiting Southfield-Lathrup.

The Raiders were slow to get going, but they eventually did and dominated the Chargers for an amazingly one-sided, 77-54 victory.

It ended up being the exact opposite of the first meeting at Lathrup in which North persevered for a hard-earned, 49-45 win.

“I thought our guys, having no school today, were out of sync early,” North coach Todd Negoshian said. “As the game went on, we slowed down, became more composed and played with a lot of energy and sooner or later just wore Lathrup down.

“We were playing so fast offensively early on. We just couldn’t get a shot to fall. For the first seven minutes, we didn’t have a rebound and we went the first four without a bucket. But we played well defensively and stayed in it.”

Trailing 17-14 in the second quarter, the Raiders scored the next eight and never trailed again. They finished the first half with a 10-4 run and began to put distance between them and the Chargers, leading 32-23.

North continued to build on that momentum with an even better third quarter in which it matched its first-half scoring output and expanded its lead to 64-35.

The Raiders scored on turnover after turnover and had the Chargers completely out of sync. Lathrup had 10 giveaways in the third period and 21 over the last three.

“Once we got one or two in a row, it just kind of snowballed for them,” Negoshian said. “It turned into three, four, five. Once you get on a roll like that, you feel like you can’t quit turning it over. It just snowballed for them. Luckily for us, it just kept getting better.”

Chargers derailed

“My team, by the middle of the third quarter, just stopped playing,” Lathrup coach Desmond Denham said. “They stopped competing; they stopped doing fundamentally what they’re capable of doing.

“We got away from the game plan and just didn’t compete, except one or two people, and one or two people can’t win by themselves.”

He added the turnovers resulted from the Chargers not running the press break and not doing what they needed to do against the North trap.

“It’s not like we didn’t know what they were going to do,” Denham said. “It was no surprise. We know they run that trap; they always do it. The kids opted to not do what they were supposed to do.”

The Raiders, who are 5-1 in the OAA Red Division and 14-2 overall, shot 67 percent (12-of-18) in the third quarter, scoring on many fast-break layups off turnovers.

Junior point guard Jacob Joubert scored 12 of his 18 points in the third period to lead the charge as North outscored Lathrup, 32-12. Seniors Jeron Rogers and Anthony Qasawa added six each.

“I think he hit a wall with how much he’s had to handle the ball and do other things,” Negoshian said of Joubert.

“I think he played one of his better games of the year with handling it, looking to score and being an all-around player for us tonight. I was happy for him to get back to playing well.”

North’s top scorers

Rogers finished with a game-high 20 points, Qasawa 17. Junior Darryl Dunlap came off the bench to help the Raiders defensively and add seven points. He even hit a big three in the late second quarter for a 30-20 tally.

“He played a lot of great minutes for us,” Negoshian said, adding Dunalp had seen only spot duty. “His number was called tonight. He came up in a big way with his effort and his energy. He got into the flow of the game defensively.”

Rogers also had nine rebounds and four blocks; Qasawa had seven boards, six steals, two blocks and four assists. Joubert had zero turnovers and chipped in three assists.

Fred John scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half for the Chargers (1-4, 6-8). Austin Armstead added seven and Jwon Tillerson six. North was 23-of-32 at the foul line, Lathrup 16-of-23.

Plan goes awry

The Chargers’ game plan was to control Rogers and Qasawa, keep them out of the paint and make them play more on the perimeter, according to Denham.

They did that fairly well at the start of the game, but Rogers, Qasawa and Alex Darden (five points) began crashing the glass as the Raiders’ energy level picked up and they became more assertive on offense.

“We did that well the first time we played them,” Denham said. “As the game wore on this time, the (Lathrup)guys just stopped doing it. They got away from what’s working.

“I’m at a loss to explain how you can stop doing something you’ve been successful at and start doing something that’s going to fail.”

“When you play Lathrup, you know it’s going to be an absolute war because of how hard they play,” Negoshian said. “I didn’t think we matched their intensity and toughness early on.

“Jeron and Anthony really understand what’s it about right now, and they matched their toughness and getting to the glass. You can’t replace seniors. They’ve been through it and they understand the wars.”


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