Big second half ignites Fluvanna boys past Amherst

Bryan Rothamel / Scrimmageplaycva.com contributor

Fluvanna’s boys’ basketball team used a big second half run to propel it to a 60-46 victory of Amherst in the Conference 23 quarterfinals.

Tied at 35 all, FCHS went on a 23-1 run over 10 minutes of play between the third and fourth quarters. To start the span, Talavious Hughes hit a 3-pointer to cap his own nine-point run. Then Amir Simms hit a 3-pointer. A quick ACHS time out didn’t stop the stout 3-2 Fluvanna defense from limiting Lancer offense.

“That’s kind of been the Modus operandi of us all year — just going periods without scoring a field goal,” said ACHS coach Segar Jordan.

Fluvanna shook off a slow start to get going in the second quarter.

“I thought in the second half we played much better defense than we did in the first half,” said Fluvanna head coach Munro Rateau. “I told the kids, really, from the five minute mark in the second quarter to the 2 minute mark of the end of the game we played really well.”

During that span FCHS outscored Amherst 45-13.

Senior guard Goddience Flannigan led the Flucos with his game high 25 points, including 14 in the first half. He ended the night with 10 rebounds and five steals. This was his final game at home.

“It was a good experience … it was good to get the win. Wonderful way to end,” said Flannigan on his last performance in Palmyra.

FCHS also got 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks from the freshman Simms. Hughes ended with nine points and two blocks.

Next up for Fluvanna is district rival Charlottesville. CHS is the second seed in the conference and had a bye in the first round. The winner will advance to the 4A North tournament.