A.C. Flora basketball is moving into new digs this season. The official hoops debut at the refurbished school’s new gymnasium will be on Friday when the Falcons boys and girls host Airport in a varsity twinbill.
The Flora teams open the season tonight at Dreher.
“We are very excited to be in our new gym, and we are hoping to be able to carry over some of that excitement to the court this season,” said Austin Coleman, the third-year ACF boys coach.
“We have a great group of young guys who listen and get along well with each other. We are small (in size), but we feel that our character will help us out. If our seniors play like they are capable of playing, we should be able to complete in our region.”
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Coleman pegs Lower Richland and Fairfield Central as the teams to beat in Region 4-3A this winter.
“Those two teams are always the teams to watch, and both of them went deep into the playoffs last year,” he said.
“We have the type of region where anything can happen every night. Teams can’t take a night off or it can be costly.”
Flora is coming off an 8-19 season, went 3-7 in the region to finish in a tie for fourth place and won a tie-breaking game to qualify for the Class 3A state playoffs.
Three starters return, including 6-1 senior guard Akeem Williams, 6-3 senior forward Marquise Simuel and 6-3 junior center Terrance Segars. Williams and Simuel both averaged around 10 points a game last season, while Segars averaged eight points and six boards.
Senior wing Lamont Todd, 6-5 senior forward Anthony Davis and 6-1 sophomore guard Will Roach are other players to watch.
Patti Moore’s girls squad will built around seniors Kim Roach, Alexis Huguenin and Lauren Jones. Roach, the veteran point guard, has signed to play at USC Upstate.