FARMINGTON HILLS — The barrage was coming from all angles.
North Farmington used a frenetic third quarter offensive flurry to deliver a knockout blow to visiting West Bloomfield Thursday night, as the Raiders raced to a 62-40 victory on the boys hardwood in OAA Red Division action.
Leading 34-18 at the break, North Farmington got contributions from star players and role players alike in the final five minutes of the third where the home team bludgeoned West Bloomfield with a back-breaking 20-6 run.
The Raiders coasted to the finish line from there and raised their record to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league competition.
Sophomore guard Landon Williams nailed a pair of triples in the third-quarter surge. His 3 from the left elbow with a minute to go in the frame made it 55-27. He ended the night with a team-high 14 points and five assists for the winners. Raiders’ reserves Lamar Walls and Dwayne Ray both connected on 3-point shots during the pivotal run.
Junior guard Ryan Hurst buried a pull-up jumper from the foul line in the final seconds of the period to give North Farmington a 30-point advantage (57-27) heading into the fourth.
Hurst, the top scoring threat in Oakland County (26 ppg), was held to 12 points in a match-up with his former team. The past two seasons, Hurst starred in the backcourt at West Bloomfield (2-5).
“They (WB) were face guarding me, so I wasn’t go to force up shots……. I just let everything flow through my new teammates and they came up big again,” Hurst said.
Williams appreciated his club’s commitment to focus and execution coming out of halftime — something lacking in a few previous contests.
“We brought a ton of energy into the third quarter and we rode it to an offensive outburst that put the game away early, “ he said. “Everybody was sharing the basketball and doing their jobs on both ends of the court. Our third quarters have been somewhat lackluster recently, so this was us turning the corner. We hold ourselves to high standards in this program and we don’t accept lapses. Tonight, we corrected that and got Ryan a victory versus his old team, which we knew meant a lot to him.”