JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Playing together for the first time this season, the Abraham Baldwin College basketball teams traveled here on Wednesday to take on their counterparts from Florida Community College.
The Stallions took a dramatic 88-87 triumph to raise their overall record to 2-0, while in the womens' game the Fillies were defeated 89-47.
Head coach Robert Moore's Stallion squad was in a tense battle until the very end against the All-Stars from Florida Community. ABAC ended up taking the shootout when Eric Williams fed Orenn Fells down low for a dunk as the horn sounded.
"It was a great win for us. They were undefeated and one of those wins had come against Palm Beach, which is ranked nationally this season," Moore said.
Williams led ABAC on the night with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Fells scored 21 points and added 11 boards. Carl Harrell also had 13 points and eight rebounds to the ABAC cause.
The Stallions went into the game at a disadvantage. Rashad Williams stayed at home for a Wednesday night class and Corey Johnson was only able to see limited duty after getting a finger poked in his eye Monday in practice.
"We wanted Rashad to work on his academics, so it was important for him to stay and concentrate on that class. Corey was hurt Monday, but the doctor told him it was up to him on whether or not he played. He went out there and gave us his all and I am proud of the effort he showed," Moore said.
Working as replacements, Prince Salmon scored 10 points and had five rebounds, while Benny Hayes also had 10 points and four rebounds.
"That showed it was a total team effort, as those two guys stepped it up big for us," Moore said.
The ABAC coach also said that Alvin Jackson (four rebounds, four assists) was a big key to the win. "He played point guard and handled their press really well," Moore said.
While the Stallions were winning in the last second, the Fillies fell in their contest.
"We didn't play well. And we were missing Freda Cherry (illness) and Amma Bem-oko (suspension), so we were outmatched, as well," Fillie head coach Julie Conner said. "It is easy to say that is not a good combination."
"With about nine minutes left in the first half, we were up by seven. They then put a full-court trapping press on us and we could not handle it," Conner added. "They were up by 14 at halftime and we just could never get back into the game."
The leading scorers for the Fillies were Amanda Marshall and Bronwyn Smyre with eight points each. Jasmin Lee also had seven rebounds, while Chelsie Miller had three assists and three steals.
The Stallions will be back on the road tonight as they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on Santa Fe.
"They are also undefeated, so I am expecting another tough game," Moore said.
The Fillies will be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Faulkner (Ala.) State. That game will be a part of the Darton Classic, which is being held in Albany.
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