TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The FAMU DRS Baby Rattlers wrapped up an undefeated season in district play, beating the Tallavana Christian Lion 69-29 to win the 2A-1 District Title.
“It feels great to win the district,” said Baby Rattler head coach Sean Crowe. “We’ve created a tradition and have won seven or eight in a row. Twice for me, so I’m happy. It’s our number one goal every year to win the district and advance to the playoffs with a home game, so we’re very proud of our guys and glad to make it.”
The Baby Rattlers were aggressive on defense right from the start. They engaged in a full court press and forced 19 Lion turnovers in the first half alone. This transitioned into points as FAMU DRS went into halftime with a 37-18 lead.
“We’ve been ramping up the pressure and tweaking some things to make sure we can turn other people over,” Crowe said. “We’re a small group, our smallest kid is only 6-2, 6-3, so we’ve got to press and create turnovers to sustain our offence. When we’re at our best we’re turning the other team over and turning those turnovers into points.”
It took a little while for these points to come, however. The Baby Rattlers were held scoreless for the first minute of the first quarter and were down 3-0 before Dizavier Harris broke the drought with a traditional three-point play.
Harris’ big play started a 15-0 FAMU DRS scoring run that led to a 20-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Baby Rattlers extended their lead in the second quarter, going on a 7-0 run to close out the half. A’Drelin Robinson, a 7th-grader, came off the bench at the end of the half and had a nifty assist to Harris on a fast break with 12 seconds left. Harris was fouled on the play and went on to make the ensuing free throw. Robinson then got a steal and scored on a fast break layup as time expired.
FAMU DRS didn’t let up in the second half. They outscored the Lion 19-3 in the third quarter, cruising to a victory.
No single player dominated the game for Baby Rattlers, as they had 11 players score. Mekhi Yant led the team with 12 points, but it was a team effort.
“We’ve spent all season training our guy eight, guy nine, and guy ten to be ready at any time to go out and play,” said Crowe. “Tonight our entire bench did a great job coming out and supporting us.”
Zontarius J. led Tallavana Christian with 12 points on the night.
FAMU DRS will play Christ Church Academy in their first regional playoff game. The Baby Rattlers won last year’s meeting between the two teams 59-29.