The No. 6 Cambridge Falcons outscored host Everett 32-13 in the second half of last night's 48-31 victory over the Crimson Tide.
What was anticipated to be a high scoring Greater Boston League contest between two superior teams quickly turned sour as neither club found an offensive flow in the first half.
The Tide carried an 18-16 lead into the break, but the Falcons took control and finally came to life in the second half.
Unfortunately, for Everett, the offensive struggles only grew worse.
The Falcons held the Tide to just 3 points in the third quarter to take a 28-21 lead into the final stanza, which set the stage for a 20-point explosion in the last eight minutes.
"We moved the ball a lot better in the second half," Cambridge coach Lance Dottin said. "It was the defense in the second half that got us a couple opportunities to get on the break. In the first half we made a lot of bad decisions. We've obviously played better games – better halves, and I got to give Everett credit."
Senior forward Deondre Starling led the way with 12 points for the Falcons, scoring four of them in the fourth quarter.
Classmate Kyroe Qualls-Betts and sophomore center Jacquil Taylor aided the late surge as well, adding 5 and 4 points, respectively. Qualls-Betts finished with 9and Taylor finished with 7.
Starling said that it was the team's stellar defense, anchored by the 6-foot-8-inch Taylor, that helped turn the game around.
"We just talked about coming out strong in the second half after playing sloppy," Starling said. "Our defense motivated the locker room and got everybody back on the same page."
Dottin said that he was happy to get the win, despite the Falcons, who average 69.7 points per game, scoring just 48.
"It's a GBL victory so that's important for us," Dottin said. "We're usually more aggressive on the offensive end. I'm not sure what was going on, but we were able to change that in the second half."
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