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High School Basketball:
Florence Rally Comes Up Short Against Northern Burlington

Monday, February 23, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a late run that had everyone on the edge of their seats. One side of the gymnasium very excited to see their home team completely erasing a double-digit deficit late in game, and the other side frustrated to see a comfortable lead quickly disappear. That was the environment at Florence when they hosted the Greyhounds from Northern Burlington. The Flashes found themselves down 12 points just over 2 minutes remaining in the game only to tie the game with seconds showing on the clock. The Greyhounds went ahead on a basket by Cornell Jones and survived a last second shot to survive Northern Burlington's comeback. The Greyhounds pulled out the 52-50 victory.

Through two quarters, Florence held a two-point advantage until the Greyhounds began to create some space behind the shooting of Cedric Jackson. His effort turned things around in Northern Burlington’s favorite by the end of the third quarter. Holding now a seven-point lead that kept expanding, the Flashes finally got within 10 points 48-39 with 2:58 remaining. All the way back stormed Florence to tie the game at 50 all and the Flashes had a chance to pull off a spectacular comeback. Not Jackson but Cornell Jones scored the winning basket for Northern Burlington with 12 seconds remaining proved to be the winner. Cedric Jackson finished with a team high 23 points for the Greyhounds. Maurice Calhoun scored a game high 24 points for Florence.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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