Thomas Scores 23 in Victory

<B>PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.</B> – Adrian Thomas, a Miami signee, scored 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Flanagan (15-3) past Miramar, 76-56.

Adrian Thomas is the leading scorer in Broward County (Fla.) averaging 24.3 points per game. Last season, he was named the Player of the Year in Broward County after averaging 20.1 points per game.

Against Miramar, Thomas started off slow in the first quarter ending with only two points on 1-of-3 shooting and 0-for-2 from the free throw line.

However, he bounced back in the second quarter scoring 10 points as he led the Falcons to a 38-20 lead at halftime. In the quarter, Thomas threw down a monster dunk showing off his quick leaping ability as Miramar left him open during a full court press.

"I felt pretty good once I hit a couple of shots," Thomas said.

His Falcon teammates led throughout the game and their lead was never in jeopardy. Miramar racked up foul after foul sending Flanagan to the free throw line numerous times.

"We played pretty good today," Thomas said. "Probably one of the best games for us so far."

Thomas played 26 minutes before fouling out with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 4-for-7 from the free throw line.

"He gets frustrated because he gets bumped and fouled a lot," Flanagan head coach Greg Samuel said. "I thought he played well tonight, but I think he stood around a little bit too much."

Thomas who primarily plays the power forward position in high school is a bit of a "tweener" in terms of the position he will play in college. This year he has improved his ball-handling skills and outside game. He will need to consistently improve in this area.

"I am trying to get him to play both inside and outside—sometimes he does well and other times he wants to stay outside too much," Samuel said.

Flanagan's team consists of Thomas, two players who played sparingly last year on varsity, a freshman point guard, and the rest were on junior varsity a year ago.

"I think we are doing better than I expected," Samuel said. "We are playing well and improving. Everything centers around Adrian so when he is going well, everyone else is playing well also. I am pretty pleased at this point."

Currently, Flanagan is undefeated at 9-0 in district 11-6A play. If they get out of districts, they could make a run in the state playoffs.

"We have districts coming up and we have a tough district," Samuel said. "If we get passed the districts, I think we will become a different team--I think we will understand that we are a good team and that we can advance in the state playoffs."

"I think we can make a run at it," Thomas agrees. "A lot of teams are underestimating us, but I think we can beat up on a lot of teams in our region."

Flanagan's next game is Thursday, January 27 at home against Plantation (11-6). Last year Plantation defeated Flanagan.

"They are a good team," Samuel said. "They are guard-oriented, but we have been playing pretty well against good guards this year. If we play well we should be okay."

SCOUTING THOMAS

Extremely quick jumper…explosive in the low post…rebounds at the top of his jump…strong court presence…makes his teammates better…can shoot at any time…works on outside game…not afraid to handle the ball, but can still improve on ball handling skills…good shot selection…fast, strong player that will allow him to excel in the college game…needs to improve outside shot to become a threat

THOMAS QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Q	PTS	FG	3-PT	FT
1st:	2	1-3	0-0 	0-2 
2nd	10	3-3	1-1	3-4
3rd	6	3-7	0-2	0-0
4th	5	2-2	0-0	1-1
Final	23	9-15	1-3	4-7
BOXSCORE
Team	      1st	2nd	3rd	4th	Final
Flanagan      13	25	12	26	76	
Miramar	       4	16	14	22	56
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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