Flight came away with three more wins Saturday night, sweeping Pinecrest up in their own gym, in southern Forsyth county. Connor led the JV boys to victory with an amazing 46 points, and the varsity girls also won in a rout, 59 - 28. The varsity boys, fueled by a 17 unanswered 3rd quarter points, cruised to a 80 - 67 win.
Varsity Boys: Josiah led the team with 23 points, Gerald had 15, and DJ ten. After falling behind 0 - 6 early, Jose blocked a shot, then later stole the ball and scored. This started a 13 - 0 run for Flight. David and Gerald grabbed rebounds, and Gerald was fouled as he scored, then he converted the foul shot for a three point play. Jose rebounded and was fouled, making both. Then his steal led to an assist, to Jared. Jared then returned the favor, passing off a rebound back to Josiah for a basket. DJ drove into the lane and hit a short jumper.
With the quick nine point lead, DJ and Gerald grabbed rebounds, then DJ passed to Q, who hit a three. Gerald and Travis grabbed rebounds, then again a DJ pass resulted in another three, this time by Jared. As the quarter wound down, DJ hit a three, and Travis later grabber a rebound. Flight led 22 - 16.
In the second quarter Flight extended their lead to twelve. After a DJ rebound, Matthew passed to Josiah for a bucket. DJ drew a charge, then Travis drove the distance for a layup. Gerald’s blocked shot was called a foul. Matthew grabbed two boards, then Josiah scored twice, first off a rebound, then off a steal.
Up 30 - 20, after a Josiah rebound Gerald was alone at the other end of the court. He grabbed the pass and threw down a rim-rattling dunk, giving Flight what would be their biggest lead of the half. Josiah stole the ball, and scored on a layup. Matthew had a rebound, and David made a good defensive play, deflecting the ball out of bounds. Gerald, Travis rebounded, then David grabbed three in a row. Q had two straight steals, then Jared’s rebound netted him two foul shots, both true.
Leading 36 - 25 before the half, the tide of the game turned. Pinecrest scored three straight baskets going into the half. In the third quarter the Paladins kept charging, going on a 18 - 2 run to take a 42 - 38 lead. Nothing was going right for Flight...the fouls were piling up, Flight kept turning the ball over, and foul shots, layups, and jumpers alike were missed.
With 3:28 left in the third, Coach Hoffer called time. As Coach Dan huddled with the players, Coach Hoffer humbly asked for a word with the referee, and their conversation lasted the entire timeout. Shortly afterward Flight scored 17 unanswered points, retaking the lead for good.
Travis again drove all the way in for a layup, then assisted on a Josiah basket, then stole the ball and again drove all the way in for another layup. This time he was fouled, and he converted the three-point play. Jose got a steal and was fouled, and made one foul shot. Next Matthew got the steal, and passed over to jared for a three. DJ made a three, Jared a steal, David a rebound. DJ scored a basket, then stole the ball and was fouled. He made two free throws. Bring the ball upcourt, Jared fired a long pass inside, underneath the basket to a cutting Josiah, who made a twisting layup. As the final seconds ticked down to end the third quarter, Q banked in a three. An amazing quarter, and Flight led 62 - 48.
Still, the game seemed close to us fans. But in the fourth quarter Coach Hoffer was able to empty his bench. Flight maintained a 17 point lead through most of the stanza. Jared made a foul shot, and David grabbed a tough rebound. Inbounding the ball underneath his basket, Josiah fed Gerald for an easy two, Gerald grabbed a rebound. Chasing an errant pass in the backcourt, Jose leaned in and drew a foul, and made both shots.
After making another steal, Jared fired to a wide open Gerald under the basket for another dunk. Matthew fed inside to Gerald for two more. Then Gerald was fouled going after a loose ball, and made one foul shot. Travis had two more steals and a free throw before being called for a charge, fouling out with 4:14 remaining. DJ fed inside to Josiah for two, then grabbed two rebounds. Running clock, Flight passed the ball around before Q hit a jumper. DJ was fouled, and his two free throws made the final score 80 - 67.
Josiah...23 pt, 3 rb, 7 steals, 2 assists, block
Gerald...15 pt, 9 rb
DJ...14 pt, 8 rb, steal, 2 assists
Jared...10 pt, 2 rb, 3 steals, 3 assists
Q...8 pt, 4 steals, assist
Travis...7 pt, 4 rb, 3 steals, 2 assists, block
David...6 rb, steal
Matthew...4 rb, 2 steals, 2 assists