BROOKLYN, NY - Boys & Girls traveled to East New York Transit Tech for their second Brooklyn AA league game against the Express.
The first game the two teams played Boys won by 18 points. This time, playing in an enemy gym and behind 24 points from senior forward Leroy Fludd, they won by even more. Boys started the game 17-2 and finished with a convincing 73-50 win.
Fludd was a monster in the game, virtually unstoppable. He scored 10 points in the first quarter, but really showed up at the start of the third quarter. Transit did a good job of fighting back after falling behind by so much so early. They found a surge of energy and fought their way back into the game and Boys held a 36-29 lead at halftime.
Fludd scored inside while getting fouled to open the second half. He made the free throw and followed that by scoring inside on the next possession. Just like that Boys was on top 41-29. Transit was able to answer with two baskets, but Boys still extended their lead to 15 points as the period went on. After a basket by Transit's Devonta Crumpler cut the Kangaroos lead to 48-38 with 2:29 left in the third, Boys head coach Ruth Lovelace called a timeout.
The timeout was a good one because Fludd came out and had a beautiful baseline spin and floater to force Transit to call a time out of their own. Fludd, who finished with a game high 24 points, ended the quarter falling out of bounds after knocking down a fade-away jumper from the right corner. The shot gave the Kangaroos a 52-40 lead going into the last quarter.
Transit started the fourth determined to make it a game. 6'5" senior wing Richard Williams and junior guard Matthew Banton each had a big first half for the Express, but with more attention being paid to them from Boys, the second half was a little harder to get in the scoring column.
Banton knocked down a short jumper which was his first basket since scoring 13 in the first half. Williams made a nice stop and pop jumper from 17 feet while getting fouled. Williams made the free throw, his first points after scoring 11 in the first half.
Those were also the last points Banton (15 points) and Williams (14 points) scored in the game. Boys started a 19-1 run that was punctuated when guard Tyliek Kimbrough threw St. Anthony's (NJ) transfer Rashard Andrews an alley-oop after a Transit turnover.
The Kangaroos were too much to handle for Transit this afternoon. The two time defending champions have a deep bench and a lot of players contributed to the win. Fludd added 14 rebounds in addition to his 24 points, while Andrews finished with an impressive 19 points and 7 boards of his own.
Boys' next game is at home against Robeson. Then they have their first game of the season against rival Lincoln on Saturday in a battle that very likely will be for first place.
Transit goes from the frying pan into the fire as they get to host Lincoln in two days.