Reese helps Falcons tame Bulldogs
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The A.C. Flora Falcons managed just six first quarter points—all from James Reese—against the visiting Marlboro County Bulldogs in the first round of the boys’ Class 4A playoffs Wednesday, February 15, but then exploded for 29 in the second quarter cruising to a 75-58 victory.
Reese finished with a game-high 17 points for A.C. Flora. He was one of 14 Falcons to get in the scoring column. Diamonte Brown added nine points, Christian Brown had seven, and Thomas Hollingsworth and Zach Foulks each finished with six. Terrell Flemming and Kejuan Boyce got five each, and Cory Riley, Nasir Boyce, and Patrick Iriel had four points each. Matthew Jamison chipped in three, Deshawn Thomas and Daniel Harper-Finney each had two, and Cross Gibson sank a free throw to complete the scoring for A.C. Flora.
Javonta Dease led Marlboro County with 16 points. Rictavius McInnis added ten, and Joshua Woods finished with eight.
McInnis had six early to give the Bulldogs an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Falcons then stormed back in the second with seven more from Reese to go with six each from Diamonte Brown and Foulks. Hollingsworth added four, and A.C. Flora took a 35-17 lead into halftime.
Christian Brown got all seven of his points in the third. Reese chipped in another four, and seven other Falcons contributed. Marlboro County went 6-for-8 from the free throw line in the quarter and seven different players scored, but A.C. Flora’s lead grew to 60-36 to start the final eight minutes.
Flemming, Kejuan Boyce, Gibson, and Iriel got all their points in the fourth for the Falcons. Dease drained three 3-pointers and a bucket for the Bulldogs, but by then, A.C. Flora was already thinking about a second round matchup with Crestwood on February 18.