Flyers Score Season High 136 in Win!
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth Flyers rebounded from a back-and-forth first quarter and blew open the game against the Austin Toros, 136-114. Jeremy Richardson led all scorers with 30 points while adding four rebounds and four assists.
Head coach Sidney Moncrief said although the Flyers were up by more than 20 points for most of fourth quarter, the team had to maintain its aggressiveness.
"Austin has guys that can make three-point shots," he said. "I kept emphasizing to our players that this game - we had had to keep playing. We can't make defensive mistakes; we can't take bad shots."
He said the team responded well and kept their intensity and focus throughout the game.
Fort Worth forward, Anthony Terrell's free-throw at the 5:43 mark in the first quarter pushed the Flyers lead to 17-15, and they wouldn't look back finishing the first quarter ahead 34-26 and holding the lead for the remainder of the game.
When the teams entered the locker room at half the Flyers held a 65-56 lead.
In the second half, Fort Worth persisted. The team capped the third period with a 12-2 run to end 104-82. In the fourth quarter, the Flyers held an edge that hovered around 20 points.
Moncrief said he was concerned when he found out Austin was short by three players.
"You never know when a team is shorthanded," he said. "I've seen some of the biggest upsets in basketball when teams have had six or seven players."
He said players might relax if they knew the opponent had top team members missing.
"But they came out and played hard - played aggressive - our guys stuck with it"
Moncrief also said mental toughness and ball movement helped the team run away with the victory.
The Toros were led by guard Cheyne Gadson, who notched 24 points, 11 assists and five boards. Forward Justin Bowen had 23 points, two assists and ten boards, and center Jamar Smith added 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Kevin Burleson added 17 points, two boards and eight assists. Forward Ndubi Ebi contributed 18 points, six rebounds and a steal.
The Toros fall to 21-26 and will play their next game versus Tulsa on Tuesday at the Austin Convention Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Flyers improve to 28-20 on the season and will return to the convention center to close out their season next weekend for a back-to-back with their Eastern Division rival Sioux Falls Skyforce. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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