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Flowers has a career night

West Ranch guard has one of SCV’s all-time best nights, scoring 47

Posted: December 11, 2009 11:11 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2009 4:30 a.m.

West Ranch's Martin Flowers (10) gets fouled by Eastside's Damien Hamilton (4) in the first half at Canyon High. Flowers scored 47 points, a school record.

 

Eastside High’s basketball team doesn’t seem to be able to get a break in the brackets at the Canyon Classic.

On Thursday, the Lions were torched by Lonnie Jackson for a tournament-high 36 points, as Valencia notched a six-point win over Eastside.

On Friday, it was a 47 by West Ranch guard Martin Flowers that did in the Lions in a 72-67 West Ranch win in overtime at Canyon High.

Eastside (0-3) and West Ranch both struggled with turnovers early, but Flowers’ consistency kept West Ranch in control.

“They put a lot of pressure on us and I thought we handled it well early but they pressed us hard,” said West Ranch head coach Sean Legaux.

Flowers had 22 in the first half as he beat the Lions on three-point plays, drives, mid-range jumpers and even from beyond the arc. He finished with a tournament-high 47 points, eight rebounds and three steals. He was everywhere West Ranch needed him to be on both ends of the court.

“(Flowers) is our best ball handler, our best defender, rebounder and he’s very offensive minded,” Legaux said. “He’s tough and not much is going to be able to get to that kid.”

At one point late in the second quarter, the Lions went to a zone to try and slow down Flowers’ penetrating drives.

Flowers’ solution was a kick-out pass to Luke Hangen, who buried a 3-pointer to help West Ranch to a 32-27 halftime lead.

“Once I get going and the shots start falling, it just feels like everything can go in and nothing can stop you,” Flowers said. “It definitely helps the team get going.”

Both teams struggled on offense in the third quarter, but West Ranch’s defense in the key kept Lions center Quincy Moore at bay.

The Wildcats might have won in regulation were it not for the team’s 29 turnovers, two of which came with Eastside trailing 62-58 with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.

Lions point guard Damien Hamilton, who led Eastside with 14 points, turned West Ranch’s second straight turnover into a jumper with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 62.

But foul trouble proved costly for the Lions. West Ranch took advantage of the Lions’ 10 team fouls in overtime as Flowers sank 4-of-4 from the free throw line, and West Ranch forward Zach Farmar added a huge layup near the end to help seal the win.

Farmar had six points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

West Ranch (1-2) plays Kennedy at Canyon today at 4 p.m.

 

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