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Bucks fall to Sagemont 49-40 in Kreul Classic

December 26, 2013
Deerfield Beach High School

CORAL SPRINGS-Not that compliments make losing easier, but here's something the Deerfield Beach boys basketball team could take solice in.

Sagemont junior guard Prince Ali said it was the first time all season his team was losing at halftime. That said, Ali, an UConn commit scored 21 points in team's 49-40 win over Deerfield Beach on Friday in the Power96 Elite Challenge Bracket of The Kreul Tournament in Coral Springs.

"This was a great test for us," Ali said. "This was probably the second-best game we've played all year. They kept it close."

Ali scored 13 of his points in the second half completely deconstructing everything Deerfield Beach (3-8) did in the first half to take a 23-22 halftime lead.

Deerfield Beach limited Sagemont (13-0) to seven points in the seond quarter. Deerfield kept plugging players in the passing lanes and forcing Sagemont to commit turnovers. When Deerfield had the ball, it at least had three players run to the net in case of a rebound.

Come the second half, Sagemont made adjustments and Deerfield had a hard time keeping up.

"I think we rushed a couple possessions and took some bad shots," said Deerfield coach Kenny Brown. "I think that was the difference."

To Brown's credit, Deerfield was down by 12 at one point gnawing the lead to six points with a 1:35 left in the fourth.

Brown said the rally was cut short because his team kept turning the ball over and giving up fouls to Sagemont.

Sagemont coach Adam Ross said he and his staff tinkered with a few things to have a more successful second half.

"We weren't as aggressive on defense in the second half like we were so we made some adjustments on the front line and the back line," Ross said. "So that way, the ball went to who we wanted it to go to instead of where they wanted it to go. Instead of getting open 3-pointers, they were getting contested shots."

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