OHS boys basketball team beats Moore Haven

OKEECHOBEE — To look good in dress rehearsal is one thing, but to look good when the lights really come on is what’s important.

The Brahman boy’s basketball team looked really good Thursday as they embarrassed Moore Haven 69-24 in a game where they featured a new star, suffocating defense, and efficient offense.

Shaquoy Ferrol had 14 points, five blocks and seven rebounds, and Demetrius Clark scored 15 points with four steals as the Brahmans scored the first 13 points of the game and outclassed the Terriers.

Antawyn Fludd looked relaxed and loose as he dished our five assists and made five steals. Fred Bradley showed range on his jumper with seven points and five rebounds. The always steady Lashawn Mosley scored nine points, blocked three shots, and helped on the boards.

Lashawn Mosley, #35,  lines up for a free throw during Okeechobee's win over Moore Haven on Thursday.

Lashawn Mosley, #35, lines up for a free throw during Okeechobee’s win over Moore Haven on Thursday.

Even the bench was productive. Kysell Richardson had eight points, Juan’yae Ford added five points, Andrevius Stallworth added three points and three assists and Zachary Kielbasa hit two three-point jumpers.

Okeechobee led 19-5, 24-8, and 56-17 before the running clock began in the third quarter.

Brahman Coach Demetri Riles said the team played hard, played good team defense and just wanted to get into the offensive flow after just three days of practice together.

He said he kept only nine players on the roster for a reason.

“Sometimes you just want to deal with the best, sometimes you have a group of guys that are interchangeable, this will maximize their playing time, and keep everyone happy.”

Riles also has players on the junior varsity that can contribute should there be injuries. His primary center, Evan Neal, suffered an ankle injury in football and his availability remains a question mark.

Riles said the team didn’t need any motivation in this game because they wanted to show people what they can do.

“They’ve been waiting for this day. They beat each other up in practice long enough and wanted to come out here and have fun and play good basketball.”

Up next for Okeechobee will be a better home court advantage. Rarely was the crowd a factor Thursday. A good basketball team knows the advantage of a home crowd that is loud, supportive, and intimidating.

“You have to start winning for the crowd to come,” Riles admitted. “I think they will come. They will see exciting basketball, players who give their all and will see a good game. I’m confident Okeechobee will support these kids.”

Shaquoy Ferrol said he wanted to play hard in his Brahman debut to show that the team will make a great effort this season to reach regionals.

“I just came here to do my best and improve the team and the program itself.

We just have to work hard on defense and offense, have a winning mentality and sportsmanship at the same time.”

Ferrol said the team must come with its ‘A’ game every night if they expect to be successful. He said so far the chemistry is good and he enjoys playing with the other Brahmans like point guard Bubba Fludd.

“We are the two leaders of the team and we need to keep the team together as one, always play happy, have fun, but be serious at the same time,” he explained.

Tevon Thompson had 11 points to lead Moore Haven. Sergio Arrieta added five points and six rebounds for the Terriers.

Clewiston pulled away in the second half to defeat Lake Placid 62-55 in the other game. Ace Zorr led the Dragons with 15 points. Lake Placid held a 19-13 lead after a 12-0 run in the first quarter but couldn’t hold the lead. The Tigers led 27-25 at halftime, and 46-38 after three quarters.

Clewiston played Moore Haven and Lake Placid battled Okeechobee in games played on Friday night.

The Brahman regular season opener will be Monday, Nov. 16, at Glades Day. The home opener will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, against Clewiston.

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