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No. 1 A.C. Flora escapes Dreher


A.C. Flora’s Tyrell Green battles with Dreher’s Marvin Hires to get into the paint. Photo by Mike Maddock

A.C. Flora’s Tyrell Green battles with Dreher’s Marvin Hires to get into the paint. Photo by Mike Maddock

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With seconds remaining in overtime, A.C. Flora’s Tyrell Green faked a pass to Kristopher Wallace, drove to the hoop, and made a bank shot, despite drawing contact from Dreher’s Marvin Hires. Green’s bucket propelled the top ranked Falcons to a 50-48 overtime win over the Devils Thursday, January 20.

“It was a great environment tonight. We are a little knicked up. Dreher shot the ball really well. We were just trying to get out of there with a win,” A.C. Flora head coach Joshua Staley said. “We don’t play again until Friday, so we have to use next week to get healthy and get close to 100 percent.

“Tyrell is a senior. He’s been around. He’s seen the deep playoff runs and the disappointment. He knows what it takes to be successful. That’s what’s expected of him. We aren’t surprised that he made those big shots and big plays down the stretch.”

Collin Murray-Boyles led A.C. Flora with 17 points, while Green chipped in 13. Ryan Lominack led Dreher with a game-high 19 points, while Hires, Lerenzo Tucker, and Josh Elliot each added seven.

With the top ranked team in 4A in its house, Dreher came out ready for an upset. Lominack hit a jumper, Hires knocked down two free throws, and Tucker converted one-of-two. Then Mekhi Smith-Brown made a 3-pointer to give the Blue Devils an 8-0 lead.

Dreher’s Ryan Lominack shoots a jumper over the outstretched arms of A.C. Flora’s Kristopher Wallace. Photo by Mike Maddock

Dreher’s Ryan Lominack shoots a jumper over the outstretched arms of A.C. Flora’s Kristopher Wallace. Photo by Mike Maddock

Three-pointers from Green and Cooper Wiley trimmed the Flora deficit to 10-6, but Dreher responded with a 3-pointer from Tucker and a jumper from Lominack to hold a 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

A 3-pointer from Tucker extended the Blue Devils’ lead to 18-6 at the start of the second quarter. Then the Falcons went to work. Murray-Boyles got a putback, a layup, and a free throw, Wallace knocked down a 3-pointer, Adonis McDaniel converted a layup and a 3-pointer, and CP Parker hit a bank shot to cut the deficit to 22-21. However, a layup from Elliott pushed Dreher’s lead to 24-21 at halftime.

The Falcons grabbed the momentum early in the third quarter with a jumper from Murray-Boyles and two 3-pointers from Green for a 29-28 lead. Lominack answered with a 3-pointer to put the Blue Devils back ahead. He then knocked down two more to give Dreher a 37-31 lead.

A putback and a bank shot from Murray Boyles closed the gap to 37-35, before a 3-pointer by Smith-Brown gave the Blue Devils a five-point lead at the end of the quarter.

A dunk by Hires extended the lead to 42-35 for Dreher at the start of the quarter. Then A.C. Flora rallied with two free throws and a jumper from Murray-Boyles and a 3-pointer and two free throws from Wallace to give the Falcons a 44-42 lead. A 3-pointer from Elliott put Dreher ahead 45-44, but Green answered with a bank shot to give the lead back to A.C. Flora. Then with less than a second left, Hires connected on one-of-two free throw shots to send the game to overtime tied 46-46.

In what has become the norm for the Falcons, they held the ball for most of the overtime period. With under a minute left, Murray-Boyles hit a layup to put A.C. Flora ahead 48-46. Lominack answered with a bucket to tie the score. That set up Green’s game-winning, last second shot as the Falcons escaped with a 50-48 win.

“It’s just one game,” Staley said. “We have to get ready for a really good Westwood team that’s playing well right now. Hopefully, we can continue this momentum in practice and go from there.”

A.C. Flora: Collin Murray-Boyles 17, Tyrell Green 13, Kristopher Wallace 8, Adonis McDaniel 5, CP Parker 4, and Cooper Wiley 3.

Dreher: Ryan Lominack 19, Lerenzo Tucker 7, Marvin Hires 7, Josh Elliott 7, Mekhi Smith-Brown 6, and Preston Adams 2.

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