Flyers Stumble at Home Against Cobras

Devian Smith takes it to the basket!
Devian Smith takes it to the basket!

Plagued by first half turnovers and poor shooting throughout, the Sandhills Community College basketball team suffered an 87-77 home loss to Caldwell Tech on Saturday.

The Cobras took advantage of six ball handling miscues in the first three minutes of the game to take a 12-2 lead. The Flyers were never able to catch up and trailed by as many as 19 in the second half. Coming off two losses in a row, the Flyers (7-4) will try to get back on track when they travel to Florence, SC today for a 4 p.m. game against the Francis Marion junior varsity.

On the way to committing 17 turnovers in the first half, the Flyers were able to draw to within three points at 29-26 after Calvin Ahoume split a pair of free throws, but the Cougars expanded the margin to 44-35 at the intermission.

Early in the second half a put-back by Damauri Sexton cut the lead to 48-46. The Flyers were within four points at the 14-minute mark on a basket by Evan Davis before an 18-4 burst pushed the lead for the Division I Cobras to 18 points.

The Flyers made just 34.3 per cent of their shots from the field, including 3-for-18 from behind the arc and finished with 22 turnovers. The Cobras made 50 per cent of their shots from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

Devin Smith was 7-for-14 from the field and led the home team with 17 points followed by Donnie Haith with 13.  Ahoume contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He also blocked four shots.

Flyers Extra – Flyer alum Tony Harper was credited with 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two assists in Johnson C. Smith's 70-68 victory over Lees-McRae on Thursday.

Caldwell – Walton 4 7-10 16, Heath 5 3-4 14, Koffa 1 0-0 2, Mupungo 5 0-1 10, Walker 2 2-3 6, Clinton 1 0-0 2, Walls 0 0-0 0, Gathings 1 2-2 5, Warren 0 0-0 0, Kamba 5 5-5 15, Perry 3 0-2 7, Prince 0 0-0 0, Davis 2 0-0 4, Gordy 0 2-2 2, Brown 2 0-0 4 Totals 31 21-29 87. Sandhills – Morrisette-Barnett 1 1-1 3, Haith 3 6-7 13, Smith 7 2-2 17, D. Davis 1 1-1 3, Ahoume 2 7-9 11, Grissett 0 0-2 0, Sexton 3 0-0 6, Peterson 0 3-3 3, Bryan 0 0-0 0, Dent 0 2-4 2, Allmond 2 2-4 7, Williams 1 0-0 2, Walker 1 0-3 2, E. Davis 2 4-5 8 Totals 23 28-41 77. Three-point goals: CT 4 (Walton, Gathings, Heath, Perry); SCC 3 (Haith, Smith, Allmond).

 

 

by Charlie Bergmann

 

photo by Donna Ford