Late in the first half of Saturday’s basketball game against visiting Shooting 4 Greatness Academy, the Sandhills Flyers’ D’Angelo Harris passed the ball in transition across the court for the purpose of setting up a racing Luke Moore for an alley-oop dunk.
In mid-air now, Moore had to awkwardly reach away from the basket to grab the ball before somehow winging his way back toward the hoop for a spectacular flush. Then he sped the other way to block an S4G shot. Leading by just four points at the time, the crowd continued to buzz during most of an 8-2 run that helped put the home team back in control.
“I enjoy it when it’s more of a challenge,” the 6-foot-6 freshman said about dunking the ball. “I had to really stretch out to get that one.”
The Flyers (17-5) turned back a late S4G rally and went on to grab a 95-90 victory. Playing in just his sixth game of the season, Moore put together a break-through performance that included 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes of action. He missed only one of his seven shots and was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.
“Luke is starting to figure it out,” Flyers’ assistant coach Tony Chapman said of the product of Carolina Christian. “He’s getting blocked shots, he’s a good shooter and obviously he’s a good leaper. As he figures it out even more he’s going to be even more valuable going forward.”
Josh Smith got the Flyers off to a fast start with three treys in the first two minutes of the game and finished with 17 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Jeremias Easterling, 10 points and 15 boards, and Mason Harrell, 10 and 12, both posted double-doubles. Harris was the assist leader with six. Tyreek Price poured in 31 points and made seven treys for the visitors.