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Fleming’s layup gives ACCS boys win

JACKSON — Jay Fleming turned defense into offense for Adams County Christian School in the waning seconds of a back-and-forth game between the Rebels and the Richland High School Rangers Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Turkey Shootout.

Fleming’s steal and lay-up with about 10 seconds left propelled ACCS to a hard-fought 59-57 win over Richland as the Rebels bounced back after being handed their first loss of the season by host Hillcrest Christian School, 60-58, on Monday night.

“It’s always good to come back after a tough loss like we had (Monday) night and get a win,” Rebels head coach Richy Spears said. “It’s always good to play back-to-back because that’s what we’ll face come tournament time.”

ACCS held a slim 10-9 lead after one quarter of play, but the Rebels were able to increase their lead slowly during the second quarter and ended up with a 30-24 advantage at halftime.

MHSAA Class 4A Richland held the Rebels to 11 points in the third quarter and trailed by just three points, 41-38, at the end of the quarter. The Rangers tied the game at 57-57 before Fleming made the play of the game to give the Rebels the lead. Richland had one last chance to win the game at the buzzer, but could not convert.

“It’s good to see what you’re going to get,” Spears said. “They’re a good team. They’re very athletic.”

Lester Wells led ACCS with 18 points while Brandon Brooks had 10 points and Fleming finished with eight points. Jeffrey Spence led Richland with a game-high 21 points, but he was the only Rangers player to end up in double figures.

ACCS (5-1) returns to the hardwood at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 when it hosts Parklane Academy.

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