Falcons Earn Split With Mustangs
Thursday night in Robbins was a study in contrast.
In nonconference basketball action featuring two county teams, the O’Neal boys’ team edged North Moore 57-52 while the North Moore girls handed the visiting Falcon girls a 57-17 loss in the opener of the doubleheader.
In the boys’ game, the Falcons’ Jacob Talbert scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to help O’Neal close out the Mustangs.
The game was tied at 28-all at halftime, with both teams using the three-pointer effectively. North Moore got four treys, including two from Matt Spivey, while O’Neal banged down five long balls, with Ryan Williams and Talbert both collecting two from behind the arc.
The game turned the Falcons way in the third quarter. O’Neal outscored the Mustangs 13-4 in the frame to take a 41-32 lead. The only Mustang points were provided by a Quashaun Davis three-pointer and a free throw from Malik Chisholm. Meanwhile, the Falcons got points from five different players.
In the fourth quarter, the Mustangs heated back up, with Davis scoring eight of his team-high 18 points and Spivey tossing in eight of his 16 total points. J.R. Moore, who joined Talbert in double figures with 13, had four points in the final frame for the Falcons.
O’Neal improved to 3-5 for the season, while the Mustangs fell to 1-6 overall.
In the girls’ contest, the Mustangs rode the play of Jessie Sheffield to take the easy win. With the Mustangs missing star players Jalisa Davis and Shakorya Brower because of injuries, Sheffield stepped up with 17 points.
She asserted herself early, hitting three treys in a first period that saw the Mustangs take an 11-5 lead. Five different Mustangs scored in the second frame, while the defense held the visitors to just two points, making the halftime score 26-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Tiosha McCaskill, who joined Sheffield in double figures, scored six points as the Mustangs pushed the lead to 45-13. Scotti McGowan had all six points for the Falcons, hitting two three-pointers.
The Mustangs improved to 7-1 with the win, while O’Neal fell to 0-8.
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