Rickards Wins Big Against 5 Star Cardet and ‘Canes

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– Friday night, the Rickards men’s basketball team (13-1,2-0) hosted the Northeast Hurricanes (4-15,0-3) in the final game of day one in the Inspire MLK Classic.

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Rickards was on the attack early, jumping to a 28-9 lead. The impressive start was led by sophomore forward, Roddrick Henry (13 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, and a rebound).
“Coach just told me to show him what I had been working on and attack out the gate so that’s what I did,” Henry said on his performance through one quarter.

As the second quarter began, senior guard, Phillip Russell started to come into his own and takeover where Henry had left off. Russel put up 12 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist throughout the second quarter alone.

“Phillip played well tonight, he has a great IQ for the game and an edge to him that the rest of the guys see and follow,” said Assistant Coach Avery Curry on Russell’s play.

Through two quarters, the score was 42-16. The Raiders had done a great job of limiting 2021 Five Star, Wesley Cardet (9 points, a steal, and a block). For the majority of the game, Cardet matched up with fellow 2021 prospect, Roddrick Henry.

“We’re both in the same class, he’s ranked higher than me but you can only go in and do your job. Coach told me to be dominant and play with a kill or be killed mentality tonight,” Henry stated on playing against Cardet.

The second half was much of the same as Rickards went on to defeat the Hurricanes with ease 74-39.

The Raiders finished with two top tier performances from Henry(18 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds) and Russell ( 20 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist). Cardet would go on to finish with 19 points, a steal, block, and assist.

Northeast (4-16,0-3) battles Florida State University School today at 4 p.m. before they return to South Florida for the remainder of their season.

Rickards (14-1,2-0) plays two more games in this classic before they return to their regular season schedule.

“We just continue to focus on improving every game because we know other teams are getting better too. Last time we played Godby, we missed over 19 free throws. We still won but that’s something we need to clean up before we meet them again.” Coach Avery told us on the teams focus and preparation for their rival, Godby.

Rickards travels to “The Den” January 25th at 7:30 p.m. to take on their cross town rival, the Godby Cougars.

TCC FALLS SHORT TO RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Tallahassee Community College mens basketball team went up against North West Florida State Raiders Wednesday night and came up short 71-75.

The Eagles started the game off fast, in the middle of the first period  as TCC guard Richard Washington drains his second three pointer to give the eagles a 11 point lead.  With 10:52 left in the first period  the Raiders guard Chris Duarte knocks down a three to give them the lead 19-18.

Right before the half North West Florida State guard Trey Diggs hits a clutch three pointer putting the raiders ahead 36-32.  Washington paced the Eagles with 13 points going into the half. Durante led the Raiders also with 13 points.

With a block by Eagles forward Natorion Tyson and a dunk by guard Jalen Dalcourt TCC ties the ball game up 55-55 . Late in the 2nd period the raiders guard Javion Hamlet was fouled and sent to the line and made both free throws ending the game 75-71.

Finishing the game leading the Eagles in points were Washington with 17, seven rebounds and two assists. Devin Palmer ended the game with 15 points and three rebounds.

Duarte led the Raiders with 25 points four rebounds and one block. Forward Eric Villa finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds

Assistant head coach of the Eagles Zach Settembre talked about his team performance. he also chatted on the chances that they could win the panhandle conference.

” I am beyond proud of them, our kids competed” coach Settembre said. “If we play with this same fire and energy for the next nine games, we are going to have a great chance to play out of the conference and go to the championship”

The Eagles will face Pensacola State Pirates (13-7) on Saturday Jan 19. at 8:30 in Pensacola, Fl.

GAME PREVIEW: EAGLES TAKES ON RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net–  Tallahassee Community College Eagles men’s basketball team will go up against Northwest Florida State College Raiders Wednesday at 7:30 at the Bill Hebrock Eagle Dome.

The Eagles(17-2) are coming off a 101-73 loss against Chipola Indians (18-2). In this game pacing TCC in points were sophomore guard Mustafa Lawrence finishing with 23 points, one steal and two rebounds. Ending the game second in points was freshman guard Eric Boone closing the game out with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

North Florida State(17-2)  got a  huge 95-84 win over the Indians. Leading the Raiders in points were sophomore forward Eric Villa finishing with 24, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Javion Hamlet ended the game with 23 points, five rebounds and seven assist.

This is both teams first time seeing each other for this season.

Preview: No.13 Seminoles Host No.1 Duke

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– The No.13 Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (13-2, 1-1) host the No.1 Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 1-0) today at 2 pm. The Seminoles look to add another accolade to their already impressive start to the season.

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In their last outing, Florida State beat the Miami Hurricanes 68-62. The Seminoles were led by senior guard David Nichols as he put up 13 points, 3 assists, and a rebound off the bench. The bench was the story of the game, outscoring Miami’s 41-10. The win was Florida State’s first ACC win of the season and a nice bounce back off of the Virginia loss last Saturday.

Duke comes into this game off of a blowout performance against Wake Forrest 87-65. The Blue Devils were led by their star freshmen Zion Williamson (30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists) and RJ Barrett (21 points, 7 assists, and a rebound). It was their eighth straight victory and first inside of the ACC conference.

Keys to a Seminole victory includes the deposition of stopping Zion Williamson. On the season the future star averages 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. Zion also ranks twenty-second on double doubles this season with seven. Limiting bad shot attempts is a must for Florida State’s offense as Duke ranks fifth in defensive field goal percentage (37.1%).

Florida State have found themselves on the losing end in this series with Duke (9-37). However, the Seminoles have won their last three against when Duke is ranked as the AP No. 1 team dating back to the 01-02 season. It is eight years to the day of the last occurrence of this when the Seminoles beat the Blue Devils 66-61.

“New Year Cougars” Beat Lady Lions in 4th Straight Victory

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Godby Lady Cougars defended “The Den” Wednesday night against the Leon Lady Lions.

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Coach Chelsea Johnson and her Godby squad were riding high off of their three game win streak to start the new year. ” The girls really came together over the break after our 2-6 start. They really embraced the new year, new us mentality and are putting it to work,” Coach Johnson stated.

From the start, Godby lead against the Lions in a close first quarter that ended 11-9. Senior shooting guard, Kiara Byrd was the “fireball” of the quarter. She put up five points, an assist, and a steal.

“The first quarter is where we feel out the other team, second quarter we’re attacking,” Byrd said on the game plan. She spoke the truth as the Cougars went on a 13-2 run led by two three pointers from senior guard,  Lashaydra Crumity. The Lions would go to half time with a 28-16 lead.

The second half saw more dominance from Byrd who was only in her third game back from an ACL scare. “It’s nerve racking still, but you have to get past that and get back to playing at a high level,” Byrd told us.

Her and the rest of the Godby team went on to put on an offensive show, ending with a 51-38 victory. Byrd’s stat line finished at 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal; Finishing as our MVP of the game.

Godby finished with three other impressive performances from Lashaydra Crumity (11 points, 75% from three point range), Armarni Williams ( 8 points), and Rondejah Johnson (9 points).

Leon (5-11) looks to rebound this season starting the 15th against Lincoln at home. They have the spark to lead them in senior forward, Jeda Morris, with her 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocks performance last night.

The Lady Cougars (6-6) hope to continue their winning ways this new year as they put the four game win streak on the line tonight against Wakulla at home tonight.