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ACADEMICS PLUS BOYS BASKETBALL | Falcons still upbeat despite losses

Although the Academics Plus Falcons went 0-2 last week, Coach John Harrison is upbeat about the second loss.

The Falcons (6-9, 1-5 1A-5) started last week with a 79-51 loss to Guy-Perkins last Tuesday. Harrison said in that contest, Academics Plus was flat, and Guy-Perkins jumped out quickly on the Falcons. He said they were beaten in transition, and that the Falcons weren’t on their game. Senior Paul Sheesley was the leading scorer with 18 points, and senior Chabala Musonda contributed 10.

A 49-41 lost to KIPP Delta last week was a different story. What excited Harrison is that the Falcons executed their game plan. Seventeen missed free throws was their downfall.

“We can’t run with those guys and stuck to our game plan,” Harrison said. “We played very aggressive man-to-man. On offense, we drew them out. Once they came out, Garfield Bloodman and Raylon Lynch drove to the basket. We beat them in every category, even in rebounds and were more aggressive.”

Harrison said KIPP averages 85 points a game so allowing 49 was a big deal. Harrison praised the performance of senior Michael Haug who was forceful inside after Sheesley got into foul trouble.

“He played extremely well and was aggressive,” Harrison said. “He gave some great minutes. In the paint, he physically got after their 6-8 guy. KIPP is so much more athletic, and the height advantage is not even close.”

Sheesley scored 12 points, Lynch chipped in eight points, and Haug finished with nine rebounds. Last night, the Falcons hosted Lisa Academy North and then on Thursday host Nemo Vista in a rescheduled contest. Friday, they travel to Abundant Life.

“We need to win out our conference and our capable of doing that,” Harrison said. “Thursday is a big game and can affect seedings (for the district tournament). The kids played extremely well Friday and are upbeat. They realize we can play with anybody.”

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