First Posted: 12/4/2009
RED SPRINGS Jerome Seagars understands his role as Flora Macdonalds point guard: pass first, shoot second. But, when Red Springs focused its defense on the Cougars post players Friday night, Seagars seized the opportunity.
The 6-foot-3 junior scored a game-high 24 points as Flora Macdonald cruised past the Red Devils, 70-50, at Red Springs.
Known more for his defense and passing ability, Seagars welcomes the chance to score.
I try to feed our horses first, Seagars said. When I get them going, I can score. I just tried to penetrate tonight and make things happen.
Luke Cothron scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Cougars as they improved to 6-1 this season.
Our offense varies game-by-game, FMA coach Derrick Bond said. Jerome did a great job tonight waiting for the defense to collapse in the lane. We tell him to look for open guys, but when hes open, he can score.
Cothrons 6-foot-9 frame at forward coupled with 6-foot-10 Darrick Martin at center gave the Red Devils headaches in the lane. Flora Macdonald scored 42 points in the paint and blocked 16 shots as a team to subdue any real chance at a Red Devils victory.
Martin swatted eight shots by himself, including seven in the first half.
We came out flat early but our big guys got more involved in the second half, Bond said. We did enough on defense to get a win.
Playing their second game in as many days, the Red Devils werent able to locate the high-speed offense they used to their advantage in two wins this season.
Despite trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter, Red Springs (2-6) pulled to within seven at 50-43 with 5:33 left in the fourth, but struggled at the free-throw line the rest of the way. Red Spring missed 9-of-16 attempts at the charity stripe in the final frame and had most of its shots swatted out-of-bounds.
FMAs Patrick LeBranch provided the games exclamation point in the final minute, slamming home a one-handed dunk that capped the Cougars 20-point win.
Three Red Devils scored in double figures, led by Larry Brown Jr.s 14. Sherwood Ferguson scored 13, while Glenn Patterson Jr. added 11.