Kofi Andoh stole a pass, broke into the open court and made a double-clutch layup as two defenders closed.
Bowie called timeout, and Lil Wayne’s “No worries” blared through the Charles H. Flowers High School gymnasium.
Thanks to Andoh, the Flowers boys basketball team had no worries during most of a 60-47 win over No. 7 Bowie High School on Tuesday. Andoh’s layup put Flowers up 10 and, aside from Bowie briefly cutting the margin to nine shortly after, Flowers led by double digits the rest of the game.
“The key was just putting the pressure on them, making them get on their heels a little bit,” said Andoh, who scored a game-high 19 points. “Do what we do best, and that’s run the floor and play fast.”
Flowers turned up its pressure defense, especially during a 24-12 third quarter — a period Flowers coach Mark Edwards said “tells us what we’re capable of.” Flowers’ press generated several steals, and Andoh, a Howard University signee, used athleticism to create high-percentage shots on the fastbreak.
“I’ve always told Kofi that he is good at being Kofi, which is making great decisions, making the easy play and doing the simple things,” Edwards said. “Those are the things that make him such a good basketball player, just making the easy play. I think he did that tonight.”
No play exemplifies that more than a steal in the fourth quarter by Andoh that generated another one-man fastbreak. But this time, no Bowie defenders came close to catching him, and Andoh dunked.
As Andoh waited in the backcourt during Bowie free throws shortly after, one fan called to Andoh, “You’ve got to dunk harder.” Andoh just turned and laughed
There was little for Bowie to laugh about, aside from one moment to end the first quarter.
Jared Gray watched his 3-pointer clank off the rim as the buzzer sounded and spun around in dismay. While Gray turned, the ball bounced high and through the hoop. That gave him all 11 of Bowie’s points in the first quarter.
“When Jared is in the game, honestly, we always feel we’ve got a mismatch,” Bowie coach Cedric Holbrook said of his junior point guard, who finished with a team-high 14 points. “I think he’s one of the better young guards in this area, but everybody else has to step up. Jared played his game today. It was on the other major players on our team to step up, and they didn’t.”
Charles H. Flowers 60, Bowie 47
Bowie 11 12 12 12 — 47
Charles H. Flowers 15 10 24 11 — 60
Bowie (8-4, 5-4): Jared Gray 14, Michael Giles 12, Cory Washinton 8, Kade Monroe 4, Jalen Robinson 3, Jacob White 2, Anthony Barnes 2, Everett Chambers 2.
Charles H. Flowers (7-5, 6-3): Kofi Andoh 19, Dante Holloway 8, Juwuan Weldon 9, Brandon Green 6, Clint Robinson 6, Patrick Johnson 6, Kyle Jones-People 4, Shomari Redd 2.