High Flying Offense: SCC Score 139 in Victory
When someone from the O'Neal School staff went to turn on the lights in the gym on Monday, there might have been some bulbs to replace.
The Sandhills Community College men's basketball team that plays its home games there was the responsible party. The Flyers shot the lights out in Sunday's 139-82 victory over Carolina Prep.
Helping avenge two previous losses to their opponent, Germann Bostic scored 47 points, including nine treys, and teammate Brian Thomas added 29, including six baskets from behind the arc.
Also in double figures for the first-year Flyers, now 11-17, were Okoye Hood with 18, Dee McRae with 16 and Phillip Moultrie with 12.
In all, the red-hot Flyers drained 18 of their 26 three-point field goal attempts and made 59 percent of their shots overall.
"We brought energy in the first and second halves," Thomas said, thinking back to poor second halves in the two losses to Carolina Prep. "We still have a lot of things to work on, but it's good to have some momentum going into the tournament.
"Were a new team that nobody expected much from. We've made a lot of strides since the beginning of the season."
The first three by Bostic, who scored 50 points in a game against Johnston Community College on Jan. 3, gave the Flyers an 11-4 lead. By halftime, he had six of them and 22 points with his team leading 54-37.
Moultrie handed out four assists in the first four minutes of the second half, the last one going to Thomas for one of his three dunks, making 71-45. Moments later, a Bostic three was followed by a reverse slam by Thomas.
The Flyers passed the 100 mark with 8:40 left in the game on a fall-a-way three by Bostic that almost took him out of bounds into his own bench.
Defense became an afterthought down the stretch. The game mercifully came to a close for the visitors after Anthony Chapman dunked one for the 84th and 85th Flyer points of the second half.
Moultrie, McRae and Michael Poston, who scored six points to go with five rebounds, are all Pinecrest products. Moultrie's night also included nine rebounds and four blocked shots. McRae, a lefty, had his best game since joining the team at mid-season, connecting on seven of 12 field goal attempts..
"Dee is a kid that loves to play," Flyers coach Aaron Denton said. "He's always going to give you a good effort and try to do what he's supposed to do."
Chapman scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Bostic was the assist leader with seven. Corey Evans led Carolina Prep with 25 points. The visitors made just five of 32 shots from behind the arc.
Bostic was 16-for-24 from the field overall and 9-for-15 on three-point attempts. The product of Scotland County, is now averaging 26.8 points per game and has made a total of 113 treys.
The Flyers final home game is on Thursday at 8 p.m. against Caldwell Community College (19-5) the seventh-ranked team in junior college Div. III. The regional tournament gets underway on Feb. 27.
Denton is feeling good about a squad that hit bottom in January when it played a game with only six players.
"I was really proud of the way our guys pulled together back then," he said after the game. "Were proud overall of what we've done this year. And we're excited about the opportunities we have left."
Carolina Prep 37 45 82
Sandhills 54 85 139
Carolina Prep Evans 9 8-10 25, Conway 1 0-0 2, Carter 5 0-0 10, Burnette 2 1-2 5, Washington 7 3-4 18, Leathers 2 0-0 5, Flippin 6 3-7 17, Judd 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 15-23 82. Sandhills Bostic 16 6-7 47, Moultrie 6 0-0 12, Thomas 11 1-2 29, Hood 6 5-6 18, Chapman 3 0-0 7, Darr 2 0-0 4, Poston 3 0-0 6, McRae 7 1-2 16. Totals 54 13-17 139. Three-point goals: Carolina 5 (Flippin 2, Evans, Washington, Leathers; Sandhills 18 (Bostic 9, Thomas 6, Hood, Chapman, McRae).
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