Flora beats Crestwood 64-48 in region opener

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 1/9/19

The A.C. Flora boys varsity basketball team stormed The Castle on Tuesday night and defeated the Crestwood Knights 64-48 behind 18 points from junior center Patrick Iriel and 14 points from both …

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The A.C. Flora boys varsity basketball team stormed The Castle on Tuesday night and defeated the Crestwood Knights 64-48 behind 18 points from junior center Patrick Iriel and 14 points from both senior guard Derrick Sinkler, Jr. and sophomore point guard Robert McCray.

It was the Region IV-4A opener for both teams.

“We got punched in the mouth in the first half,” Crestwood head coach Tony Wilson said. “We didn’t respond to the pressure. With a good team like A.C. Flora, you gotta be ready.”

Crestwood was led in scoring by junior center Mark Huffman with eight points, and senior guards Antonieo Dukes and Jared Washington both added seven.

“We didn’t take care of the ball and we didn’t attack like we should’ve,” Wilson said. “I have to tip my hat off to (A.C. Flora head coach) Josh (Staley), he did a good job tonight.”

The Falcons put their foot down early and outscored the Knights 20-3 in the first quarter.

They would then extend their lead by outscoring Crestwood 23-11 in the second quarter to go up 43-14 at the half.

A.C. Flora would then go on a 12-4 run to start the third quarter to go up 55-18 with 1:58 left in the quarter, but Crestwood would go on a 10-2 run to close out the quarter to cut the Falcons’ lead to 57-28.

Crestwood started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 57-36 with 6:34 to go in the game, but the Falcons would go on a 7-1 run to extend the lead to 64-37 with 2:25 left.

Crestwood ended the game on an 11-0 run, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Knights would fall 64-48.

“If we had the energy we did in the fourth quarter, we would’ve been OK,” Wilson said. “We have to get back to the drawing board.”

Adding insult to injury, or in this case, injury to insult, Crestwood junior forward Isaiah Sellers left the game in the first half with a twisted ankle.

The loss dropped Crestwood to 0-1 in conference play and 4-10 overall, while A.C. Flora improved to 1-0 in conference play and 8-7 overall.

The Lady Knights also had trouble with A.C. Flora, falling to the Lady Falcons by a score of 53-38.

“We were committed to what we were doing in the first half,” Crestwood girls head coach Larry Crosby said. “In the second half, in a four or five minute spurt we would turn the ball over and didn’t score. A two-point deficit can easily turn into a 15-point deficit.”

The Lady Falcons were led in scoring by McKinley Brooks-Sumpter, while the Lady Knights were led by Ashanti Washington with 12.

“We have to be more prepared and more committed,” Crosby said. “Our clock stopped at halftime and we couldn’t get it started back up. It was a new ball game in the second half, 0-0, and for some reason we came out flat.”

The loss dropped Crestwood to 0-1 in region play and 5-9 overall, while A.C. Flora improved to 1-0 in region play and 8-7 overall.

Crestwood will be back in action on Friday night when they travel to take on Lower Richland with the girls game starting at 6 p.m.