2017-12-06 / Sports

Missed Opportunities

York rallies in fourth to down Indians, 64-62
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

After glancing up from watching the game on his iPad, Gaffney coach Mark Huff easily identified the reason for his team’s 64-62 loss at York on Monday.

“Through three quarters, we’ve missed seven layups,” Huff said. “You can’t miss layups. They were point blank shots.”

Gaffney controlled the action for most of the game, leading 16-12 after the first quarter and 35- 25 at the half.

But the Cougars’ Malcolm Kennedy heated up after the break, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the second half, including five 3-pointers.

The Cougars pulled within 51-47 after three quarters and outscored the Indians, 17-11 in the fourth to send them to their second consecutive loss. Gaffney is now 2-2.

Bradley Childers led the Indians with 20. Two more Indians were in double figures with Ladarius Foster with 18 and Nick Agapion with 10.

The Indians had to play most of the second half without starting point guard Stan Ellis, who sprained his ankle and then bumped knees with Childers.

Childers and Rook Tate played the point in Ellis’ absence.

The Indians were a respectable 12 of 17 from the free throw line, but missed some crucial foul shots down the stretch, including three during the final minutes of play.

Despite giving up 12 3- pointers, Huff said the Indians improved their defensive play after giving up 80 points in a loss Friday to Nation Ford.

Gaffney will look to snap the modest losing streak Thursday at home against Union County.

Lady Indians 24,

York 11

Keyla Ford had a teamhigh 10 points and Jasmine Oglesby added four to help the Lady Indians to their first win of the season.

“Not a pretty win but glad to finally get the first win,” Gaffney coach Susan Wade said. “Hopefully, the girls can build on this win.”

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