LARGO – Rising sophomore Jase Mosley scored a game-high 14 points followed by 11 points by guard Brian Brooks to lead Charles H. Flowers High School boys basketball team to a wire-to-wire win over Parkdale, 48-34, in their Summer Madness League game on June 23.
The Jaguars raced out to an 8-0 run with Brooks bursting through in transition for walk-in layups, forcing an exasperated Parkdale Assistant Coach Philip McQueen to call a timeout early in the first half in order to regather his group together. The Panthers responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and went on a 5-point spurt to cut the deficit to 14-11 with Jaguars leading.
Mosley, who has been a presence for Flowers during Summer Madness play, connected with two 3-pointers as part of a 10-0 run to extend their lead out further. Throughout the first half, the Jaguars utilized their superior speed and athleticism by getting to the rim and drawing free throw opportunities.
Kevon Corley capped off the electric half for Flowers with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, giving his team a 27-13 lead heading into halftime.
Flowers’ onslaught continued early and often as their lead ballooned to as high as 17 points. Forward Maurille Beheton threw down a two-handed dunk off a Mosley assist to start their assault.
Parkdale slowly began to fight back by reeling off eight straight points, including a transition 3-pointer by wing player Sayvon Hemby, to cut Flowers’ lead to 11 points.
However, the deficit was just too much for Parkdale to cut down further into Flowers’ insurmountable lead.
The combination of Brooks, a rising senior, and Mosley struck again with a pull-up jumper from midrange and a layup to bring their lead back up to 17 points midway through the second half.
Hemby proved to be the bright spot for the rebuilding Parkdale team, scoring a team-high 12 points in the loss. The Panthers (1-4) will be hoping to use him and their returning players to surpass their four-win record from last season.
With the win, Flowers are now 2-1 in Summer Madness play. Mosley and Brooks will be looked upon to take the leadership roles for the Jaguars along with the returning players in order to become a competitive team next season.