Keenan boys defeat AC Flora 66-57 in the Bojangles’ Bash
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.
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.
A.C. Flora’s RJ Mobley blocks a shot by Keenan’s Raekwon Horton during the Bojangles Bash.