North Farmington boys basketball coach Todd Negoshian feels that the final score of his Class A regional semifinal didn’t truly reflect the competitiveness of the game.
The Raiders fell to South Lyon High 52-32 March 11 at Ann Arbor Huron. North Farmington trailed by just four points with around four minutes remaining in the game, even after only shooting 1-for-24 from 3-point land.
“Then it just kind of snowballed from there,” he said. “I thought we played well.”
The Raiders finished the season 17-6 overall. During the year, they finished second in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, one game in back of Clarkston High, and won their first district title since 2010.
“I think it’s a great run that we made. To win a district championship and hang a banner is something that every team strives for, and not a lot get to do it,” Negoshian said. “I couldn’t be more proud of this group. They were the true definition of a team.”
The program says say goodbye to seniors Sterling Sharp, Caleb Hogans, Kyle Kansman, Cameron Darden and Phillip Lewis.
“It’s very rare that you get a group of five kids that stick through with something for four years. What they meant to us as a whole, if I can keep getting groups of seniors like them, the program is going to be fine. Those five kids stand for everything that is right in education and athletics,” Negoshian said.
The coach added that the team’s work ethic led to success.
“I thought the guys came in with a great mindset of getting better,” he said. “The leaders carried us, and the young kids followed. It was an absolute honor to be with them every day in the gym, and I enjoy what they did.”