Keenan boys de­feat AC Flora 66-57 in the Bo­jan­gles’ Bash

The State - - Front Page - BY CHRIS DEARING Spe­cial for The State

If iron in­deed sharp­ens iron, Keenan and A.C. Flora got bet­ter on the first night of the Bo­jan­gles Bash at Ridge View High School.

The ti­tle con­tenders in their re­spec­tive classes went at each other from tip to the fi­nal buzzer with the Raiders pulling out a 66-57 vic­tory be­hind the play of Asanti Price, Dillon Jones and Raek­won Hor­ton.

“I hope this opens up our kids’ eyes,” Keenan coach Zach Nor­ris said. “This was a big test. We can play two dif­fer­ent styles, but these guys need to learn when to go and when to hold back. We did that pretty good in the fourth quar­ter.”

A.C. Flora coach Josh Sta­ley echoed those thoughts.

“Play­ing games like this ex­poses the things you want to work on,” Sta­ley said. “You want to play tough teams early so we don’t have a false sense of suc­cess. I think the thing we can take from this game is we need to get a lit­tle bit tougher down the stretch.”

There were 11 lead changes and seven ties un­til Keenan took over in the fourth quar­ter. The Raiders outscored the Fal­cons 16-5, in­clud­ing the first six points of the quar­ter to take the lead for good, with Jones be­ing a key com­po­nent.

The 6-foot-6 ju­nior, who has an of­fer from South Carolina, ran the point be­fore foul­ing out with a minute re­main­ing. He had 16 points, 13 re­bounds, five steals and

four as­sists in play­ing 31 min­utes.

“Jones took over for about a three-and-a-halfminute stretch and im­posed his will on us,” Sta­ley said.

Jones was ex­cited to play in the show­case event in front of a large crowd.

“It’s big be­cause to get a win like this in this type of at­mos­phere will only help us down the road,” Jones said. “There were big stakes to this game just for brag­ging rights. But we learned from it too.”

Price also turned out to be a huge dif­fer­ence­maker. The trans­fer from Eau Claire scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the third quar­ter. Price was 10-of-13 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point range, three steals and three re­bounds.

“Price opens up the floor for us to let Dillon (Jones) go to work,” Nor­ris said. “You saw that in the se­cond half. He adds an­other shooter on the out­side that makes us bet­ter for cer­tain.”

A.C. Flora’s DJ Sin­kler nearly matched Price shot for shot. The se­nior fin­ished with 22 points, go­ing 6-of-11 from the field that in­cluded 4-of-8 on three’s.

ACF – DJ Sin­kler 22, Robert McCray 10, Iriel 8, Mob­ley 6, But­ler 3, Moore 2, Ri­ley 2, Jami­son 1. K – Asanti Price 24, Dillon Jones 16, Raek­won Hor­ton 16, San­ders 7, Mor­ris 2, Tay­lor 1. Our Sav­ior New Amer­i­can (NY) 88, Hartsville 48

H – Trae Han­ni­bal 28, Cape­hart 8, Cuffie 4, Ed­wards 3, O’Neal 2, Pen­der­grass 2, Hough 1. OS – Jonathan Kuminga 30, Has­san Drame 16, Fousseyni Drame 13, Barre 9, Ber­rios 8, Townsend 5, Bas­tos 5, McPher­son 2.

PHO­TOS BY SEAN RAYFORD on­[email protected]­

Keenan’s Raek­won Hor­ton drives to the bas­ket against A.C. Flora dur­ing the Bo­jan­gles Bash bas­ket­ball show­case at Ridge View High School on Thurs­day. Hor­ton had 16 points as the Raiders de­feated A.C. Flora 66-57.

Keenan’s Q’Dardrius San­ders drib­bles past A.C. Flora’s Robert McCray dur­ing the Bo­jan­gles Bash bas­ket­ball show­case.

SEAN RAYFORD on­[email protected]­

A.C. Flora’s RJ Mob­ley blocks a shot by Keenan’s Raek­won Hor­ton dur­ing the Bo­jan­gles Bash.

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