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'Focused' Falcons get win over Johnson
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FLOWERY BRANCH — It’s hard for Flowery Branch boys coach Duke Mullis to say that a win against East Hall last Friday had much of an impact in Friday’s 65-53 win against Johnson at Flowery Branch.

Even if the Falcons (9-7, 3-1 Region 7B-AAA) found out they picked up the win against East Hall six days after the game was originally played.

In a strange turn of events, the Vikings forfeited their win from last Friday  due to an infraction of using an ineligible player. East Hall reported the violation to Flowery Branch on Thursday.

“The guys know about the fact that we ended up getting the win against East Hall, so it may have gotten them a little fired up to play against Johnson,” Mullis said.

But Falcons senior Phillips Chau feels that the magnitude of each subregion game is big enough to put such a crazy outcome from a previous game in the past.

“The outcome of that game against East Hall didn’t have any effect at all on this Johnson game,” said Chau, who finished with 15 points for Flowery Branch. “We were just focused on playing Johnson.”

In the girls’ game, the Lady Falcons (5-11, 1-3 Region 7B-AAA) used two big offensive outbursts en route to a 52-22 win. Flowery Branch had a 17-3 run in the first half, only to better that by outscoring the Lady Knights 27-4 in the third period.

With its win, Flowery Branch’s boys and Gainesville are both sitting atop the subregion with 3-1 records.

The Falcons used their hot-hand behind the 3-point line to outscore the Knights (10-7, 2-2) 22-9 in the third quarter, taking a 51-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Chau hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.
Rashad Tate and Brian Welchel also added a 3-pointer each in the third for the Falcons.

“I was happy to see the patience and maturity we played with down the stretch,” Mullis added.

Ishmael Hollis finished as Flowery Branch’s leading scorer with 19 points and Welchel added 11.

Hollis was also hot in the third period for Flowery Branch taking advantage of his height with three baskets off rebounds.

“I felt like we were lucky just to be tied (29-29) at halftime,” Johnson coach Jeff Steele said.

“We didn’t play with any energy out there tonight.

“It’s hard to fathom how we didn’t have any energy tonight with a shot to move into first place in the subregion on the line.”

Once Flowery Branch jumped out to a 13-point lead, the Falcons kept their lead in double figures the majority of the fourth quarter.

Devaris Finch led Johnson with 22 points, including going 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Michael Bond had 12 rebounds and six assists for the Knights.

Flowery Branch visits West Forsyth at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Cumming.

Johnson plays host to Gainesville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Flowery Branch girls 52, Johnson 22

Jessica Harper led the Lady Falcons with 17 points, three rebounds and five steals. She hit a 3-pointer with only 47 seconds left in the third period to put the finishing touches on a 27-point third quarter. Claire
Tyler scored three consecutive baskets for the Lady Falcons in the third quarter, and finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds.

Janine Glenn scored eight for Flowery Branch. Cashmere Champion finished with three points and five rebounds.

Shelley Farley was Johnson’s leading scorer with nine.

Flowery Branch visits West Forsyth at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Cumming. Johnson plays host to Gainesville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
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