2012-02-10 / Sports

Falcons storm back to down Diamonds


A.C. Flora’s Keyon Hilton flies to the hoop as Lower Richland’sVincent Hicklin tries to block his shot. 
Photo by Careese Robinson A.C. Flora’s Keyon Hilton flies to the hoop as Lower Richland’sVincent Hicklin tries to block his shot. Photo by Careese Robinson Despite an offensive back and forth match between Lower Richland and A.C. Flora, it was a defensive play by the Falcons that secured the win. A bucket from Kenyon Hilton gave A.C. Flora a 52-51 lead with seconds reamining. Following a time out, Flora’s Rodney Dove Jr. intercepted the Lower Richland inbounds pass and secured the 52-51 home win for the Falcons Friday, February 3.

“It’s huge for the program and for the school and the community. I have a great group of seniors. I can’t say enough about them. We work extremely hard, and they get a lot of things done,” A.C. Flora coach Leon Brunson said.

Matthew Howard led the Falcons with 18 points. Rodney Dove Jr. added 10 for A.C. Flora. Eric Eaves led the Diamond Hornets with 17 points. Edward Stephens added 15 for Lower Richland.

The first half was filled with lead changes, 13 total. Stephens and Vincent Hicklin led the way for the Diamond Hornets. Howard contributed, but it was balanced scoring that helped A.C. Flora keep pace.

The Falcons found themselves down by one point at the start of the second half, but that changed quickly. Buckets from Eaves, Stephens, and Alonzo Gibson gave Lower Richland a 10-point lead with 3:30 left in the third quarter. In danger of letting the game spiral out of control, the Falcons turned to Howard. He scored six of the final 11 points for A.C. Flora to trim the deficit to 41-37.

“The only thing we had to do is tell them is to keep their composure. We’ve been in that situation before. Once they realized that, they came together, and then we came back out and played,” Brunson said.

The Falcons momentum carried into the final quarter, and the tug of war resumed. For the final four minutes of the game the lead changed hands seven times, the final time with three seconds left.

The Falcons beat Dreher 54-33 Tuesday, February 7 to improve to 9-2 in the region and will conclude their regular season at Brookland- Cayce Thursday, February 9.

The Diamond Hornets stayed a game ahead of A.C. Flora at 10-1 to hold first place in Region V-3A with a 55-43 victory at Midland Valley Tuesday night. They host Airport February 9.

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