Flyers cruise over CCCC, 91-66
Central Carolina Community College's men's basketball squad has an excellent record going this season. The Cougars got to 10 wins faster than any Cougar season ever this season and entered last night's contest against neighbor Sandhills C.C. with a three-game winning streak.
None of that meant the Cougars (14-8, 1-3 Tarheel Conference) could hang with the Flyers, the defending national champions in NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Div. III. The Flyers (14-6, 3-1) led by 30 points by five minutes before halftime and cruised to a 91-66 victory.
The Cougars had won three straight, all at home, and with offensive outbursts of 114, 102 and 107 points, making for eight times the Cougars have reached triple digits this season.
Sandhills made every Cougar shot a challenged one and made it a frustrating night for the hosts.
The Flyers started out on fire. Sandhills led 12-2 after 2:01 and Tevin Stark's four-point play, as he drained a corner three-pointer in transition while being fouled, put the Flyers up 19-7 only 3:17 into the game.
Even once the Flyer shooting slowed some, the Flyers dominated the glass and turned extra chances into points. Ishmael Baldwin's three-point play, as he grabbed an airball and stuck it in at the shot-clock horn, gave Sandhills a 34-14 margin with a little more than eight minutes left in the half.
The Flyers kept pulling away to a 46-16 lead with 4:16 showing and a 57-22 halftime lead.
Jaymes Kingsberry led the Flyers with 11 points in the half. Stark had nine points. Reserves Montre'l Cooke, Isaac Lyerly and Deionte McMillian scored six points each.
The Cougars started the second half with a 14-2 run led by Odarius Mills in the paint at both ends of the court. Mills scored seven points in the run and his rebounding effort helped turn the Cougars into the aggressive side for the first time in the game.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Deinzel Greene cut the Flyer lead to 63-44 with 12 minutes remaining. The Cougars needed a much bigger comeback though and 19 was the closest margin CCCC could manage.
Stark and Kingsberry scored 15 points each for the Flyers, with Stark getting a team-high eight rebounds. Starting point guard Sidney Knox had seven assists. Lyerly scored 13 points and Cooke added 11 points.
Mills led the Cougars with 22 points and 11 rebounds, getting 19 and 10 of them in the second half. Chris Kelly had 13 points. Greene had 11 points. Julian Bailey, one of the Cougars' starting post men, had eight points and eight boards, but played limited minutes before fouling out. Jenaro Harris had six points and six assists.
The Cougars play two games in two days this weekend, hosting Cape Fear C.C. at 3 p.m. Saturday, then playing at St. Andrews in Laurinburg at 3 p.m. Sunday.