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ACADEMICS PLUS BASKETBALL | Falcons off to a perfect start

When Academics Plus entered conference play last night at Guy-Perkins, the Falcons carried a school-best start record of 5-0. This week that mark is put to the test as in addition to Guy-Perkins, they travel to conference foe KIPP Delta on Friday.

“This is the best start we’ve ever had,” Academics Plus Coach John Harrison said. “They guys are excited and want to win.”

Last week, the Falcons notched victories over Oden and Abundant Life. Harrison said several players performed well in the 69-34 victory over Oden. Two players had double-doubles with Chabala Musonda leading the duo with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Paul Sheesley chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“Those two are very physical and are playing physical in the paint,” Harrison said. “They are doing a good job of running the high-low and are having lots of fun.”

Last Friday against Abundant Life, Academics Plus had to endure a slow start. A 16-2 run to begin the third quarter led to a 54-37 victory. Musonda led with 16 points and 12 rebounds. But two sophomores also contributed. Jawon Wright contributed 12 points, and Will Westenburger added 11 points and six steals.

“I didn’t know what to expect from the sophomores,” Harrison said. “Slowly but surely they are understanding the game.”

Last night, the Falcons faced a Guy-Perkins team that averages 90 points a game and scored 102 points over Abundant Life last week. Harrison was anxious to see how his team handled Guy-Perkins’ pressure.

“They are very aggressive and get out after you,” Harrison said. “We have two good guards, Raylon Lynch and Garfield Bloodman, who I’m ready to see how they do.”

On Friday, the Falcons face one of the biggest teams they will see all year. KIPP Delta has players listed at 6-foot-8 and 6-6 and three at 6-3.

“They probably have one of the tallest teams in the state,” Harrison said. “They have become very athletic in a short period of time. This week should give us a measuring point of how we are doing.”

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