Friday’s roundup: Hardy’s 34 sparks North Farmington

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Farmington Hills — Amauri Hardy put on a Mr. Basketball-type performance Friday night to lead North Farmington to a 70-66 victory over West Bloomfield for a split in the regular-season Oakland Activities Association Red Division series.

Hardy, a 6-foot-2 senior combo guard who will play next year at Oklahoma State, scored 28 of his 34 points during the second half to rally North Farmington from a 27-25 halftime deficit.

Now, Hardy feels North Farmington can make another long postseason run when district play begins next month. And, why not, since North Farmington (8-6, 6-6) has a dominant post player in 6-7 senior Nate Brooks who became eligible in late January after moving from Georgia.

North Farmington advanced to the Class A state championship game last year, losing to U-D Jesuit and Mr. Basketball award winner Cassius Winston, who is now playing for Michigan State.

Brooks, who has offers from Cleveland State, Detroit and Toledo, had 26 points and 12 rebounds, scoring 16 in the first half.

“Basically I came out with a different mindset in the second half, knew I needed to bring more aggression for the team to win,” Hardy said. “I got my big man involved in the first half and had to take over in the second.

“He (Brooks) is a great asset to our team, dominates the paint down low. He relieves some pressure off of me by being a monster in the paint. I feel we can make another long run. We’re starting to play well together.”

The North Farmington-West Bloomfield series is an intense rivalry and things got interesting late in the game when Hardy was fouled and continued to take a driving layup which a West Bloomfield player took exception to and tried to block it. Hardy threw an elbow while trying to get away and then Brooks got involved after Hardy walked away.

There were no punches thrown and no players were ejected as West Bloomfield coach Jeremy Denha quickly grabbed his player and took him to the bench.

“He took exception to the whistle blowing so he pushed me and I just shoved him to get away from him," said Hardy of the incident. "Things get hostile when the game’s close.”

West Bloomfield (11-7, 5-3) defeated North Farmington 63-58 in overtime on Jan. 20 with Hardy scoring 46 while West Bloomfield senior guard Kevin McAdoo scored 29 of his 30 points during the second half and overtime.

McAdoo scored 19 in the rematch, 14 coming during the fourth quarter. Tyler Davis scored 15.

West Bloomfield made 6-of-12 3-pointers in the first half, then connected on five more long range shots the rest of the way.

Hardy connected on 5-of-10 3-pointers and made multiple other three-point plays.

“He’s the best I’ve ever coached,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said of Hardy. “What he can do with the ball at times and take over games is unbelievable.”

More boys basketball

Armada 52, Croswell-Lexington 42: Mitch Ruczynski scored 13 for Armada (8-8, 6-5 Bluewater). Luke Wilson scored 13 for Cros-Lex (1-10, 5-12).

Auburn Hills Avondale 66, Troy Athens 50: Dre Allen scored 25 for Avondale (9-7, 3-4 OAA White). Nick Cotton had 16 for Athens (7-9, 3-4).

Belleville 69, Dearborn Edsel Ford 42: Gabe Brown had 15 for Belleville (15-2, 9-1 Western Wayne-Blue). Robert Tatum scored 13 for Edsel Ford (2-14, 1-9).

Birmingham Groves 71, Rochester 68: Drew Sheckell scored 22 and Marcus Pittman 16 for Groves (10-6, 5-2 OAA Blue). Lamarcko Gulledge had 23 for Rochester (8-9, 1-6).

Bloomfield Hills 63, Rochester Adams 50: Kiewan Graham scored 20 and Josh Jones 18 for Bloomfield Hills (9-7, 2-5 OAA Red). Antonio Rosado scored 19 for Adams (0-16, 0-7).

Bloomfield Hills Roeper 74, Warren Macomb Christian 26: Evan Akkashian scored 27for Roeper (5-10, 3-4 MIAC Red). Marcus Oraha had 14 for Macomb Christian (0-13, 0-8).

Dearborn 51, Redford Union 45: Mahdi Hamade had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Dearborn (12-4, 8-2 Western Wayne-Blue). Eric McCarter scored 14 for Union (9-8, 5-5).

Dearborn Fordson 31, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 28: Yousuf Farhat scored 10 for Fordson (7-11, 4-6). Tavion Dowell scored 13 for Crestwood (12-5, 5-5).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 70, Livonia Clarenceville 15: Darryl Lockhart had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Robichaud (13-3, 9-1 Western Wayne-Red). Clarenceville is 0-17, 0-10.

Detroit University Prep 64, Detroit Old Redford 46: Tavis Smith had 25 points, Terrence Bowens had 13 and Derrick Bryant Jr. 12 for University Prep (15-3), which won the Charter School Championship for the second year in a row. Rocket Watts scored 31 for Old Redford (10-7).

Farmington 74, Ferndale 51: Jordan Graham scored 39 for Farmington (13-4, 5-1 OAA Gold). Deandre Bonaparte scored 15 and Teonta McKeithen 14 for Ferndale (3-12, 1-5).

Ferndale University 52, Melvindale ABT 50: Tyree Edmonson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Ferndale University (3-10). Isaac Brooks scored 17 for ABT (3-10).

Melvindale 64, Allen Park 51: Antonio Peeples scored 21 and Montrez Fuster 20 for Melvinale (14-3, 11-1 Downriver). Ryan Fish had 14 for Allen Park (11-6, 7-5).

Novi 63, Plymouth 51: Trendon Hankerson had 17 and Travon Maddox 14 for Novi (14-4). Tariq Woody scored 18 for Plymouth (7-10).

Peck 67, Mayville 49: Zach Dudley scored 18 and Kody LaFleur 17 for Peck (9-8, 7-5 North Central Thumb). Jeffrey Frost scored 17 and Jared Hope 12 for Mayville (4-12, 0-10).

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 48, Birmingham Seaholm 39: Nate Davis scored 22,for Stoney Creek (14-3, 6-1 OAA Blue). Cooper Mixon had 11 for Seaholm (8-8, 2-4).

Walled Lake Central 74, Pinckney 57: Houston Tucker had 27 and Dylan Hudspeth 18 for Central (12-5). Evan Fackler scored 19 for Pinckney (11-7).

Walled Lake Northern 57, Milford 51: Troy Lattimore scored 16, Jalen Kelso 15 and Bob Iaquaniello had 10 rebounds for Northern (13-4). Dominic Dawson scored 14 for Milford (11-6).

Warren Michigan Collegiate 73, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 47: Ty Lawrence scored 16 and Jordan Davis 15 for Michigan Collegiate (16-3). Josh Diggs and Tall Williams scored 10 each for Chandler Park Academy (11-5).

Wayne Memorial 68, Salem 54: Isaiah Lewis scored 20, Trevez Nicks 12 and Rahsad Williams had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Wayne Memorial (14-3). Kyle Winsrey scored 11 for Salem (7-10).

Woodhaven 56, Taylor Truman 20: Weshaun Warren had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Woodhaven (13-4, 12-1 Downriver). Ramoy Anglin scored six for Truman (6-10, 3-9).

Girls basketball

Clawson 30, Warren Lincoln 20: Shaniya Evans scored 13 for Clawson (15-4). Lincoln is 4-13.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 50, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 38: Gina Liss had 13 and Ivy Velazquez had 12 for Chippewa Valley (9-10). Tiffany Burgess scored 19 for L’Anse Creuse (7-12).

Dearborn Fordson 51, Redford Union 22: Kiki Darwiche scored 24 and Rana Elhusseini 11 for Fordson (14-5).

Dearborn Heights Robichaud 67, Romulus 25: Kamaria McDaniel scored 31 and Kayla Brown 20 for Robichaud (11-7, 7-3 Western Wayne-Blue). Romulus is 6-11, 4-6.

Macomb Dakota 50, Grosse Pointe North 45: Tara Bieniewicz scored 24 and Emily Langolf 15 for Dakota (13-6). Katie Snow scored 18 and Julia Ayrault 12 for North (10-9).

Southgate Anderson 72, Lincoln Park 37: Marissa Robeson scored 15 and Alexis Calhoun 14 for Anderson.

Warren Woods-Tower 40, Madison Heights 35: :LeeAnn Wilson scored 17, Jukaila Hill had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Diamond had 14 rebounds and Alyssa Agueros 11 for Tower (9-11). Kelsey Williams scored 15 for Madison Heights (8-11).

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 67, Bath 36: Adrienne Anderson scored 22, Lasha Petrie 13 and Lauryn Carroll 11 for Arbor Prep (18-0).

News staff contributed