Prep basketball | Bradenton Christian boys start fast, shoot way to Smoothie King Classic rout

twolfrum@bradenton.comDecember 28, 2012 

BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Christian boys basketball team had a pregame talk about the benefits of the extra pass.

Then the Panthers spent the first quarter carving up the Imagine School of North Port defense for layups and open shots.

BCS went on a 17-0 run in the final five minutes of the opening period and never looked back on the way to an 82-58 victory over the Sharks in the showcase game on the first day of the sixth annual Smoothie King Classic.

By the time Panthers leading scorer Nick Scheimann hit his first shot, BCS led 17-6.

By the end of the game, BCS (4-6) would boast seven players with at least seven points.

"That's how we want to play games," said Scheimann, a senior who ended up leading all scorers with 20 points. "We want to share the ball and share

the wealth. Not one of us is good enough to beat a good team by ourselves."

Area teams went 3-3 in the opening day of the tournament, which runs through Saturday at BCS. The Cardinal Mooney and Bayshore girls won early games Thursday and will meet each other in a championship semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Friday. But the BCS and Manatee girls and Bayshore boys fell into the consolation brackets with losses.

For the BCS boys, freshman Ryan Leunk scored eight of his 11 points in the first three minutes, eight seconds of the game. Coleman Barber had three assists in the first quarter.

"That was the challenge, to play more as a team, not worry about who was the leading scorer," BCS head coach Scott Townsend said. "If we can play like that all season, we can do well."

BCS led 28-8 after one quarter and 46-27 at halftime.

The Panthers will meet East Bay, a 63-22 victor over East Jackson (Ga.) in the championship semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday.

"It's good to get a game like this, where you can rest some guys," Townsend said. "It keeps them fresh when you're playing three games in three days. ... We're going to have to bring our A game tomorrow. East Bay's a really good team."

Mark McCollum had 11 points for the Panthers. Barber and Andy Dawson each had nine points, and freshman Jake Lister added eight. Brett Hiskes had seven points.

Jeppe Bennetsen led the Sharks (3-4) with 14 points, 12 of which came on four 3-pointers in the third quarter. Tony Anderson and Zephen Bruno had 11 points apiece.

BCS hopes to win the Smoothie King for the first time since 2009.

"It means a lot to us," Scheimann said of the event. "We want to be able to bring that (title) back. We want to represent our school well in our own tournament."

In other games involving area teams:

Girls

TAMPA ALONSO 52, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 34 -- The Rebels used a 13-0 run in the first and second quarters to run away from the Panthers.

BCS leading scorer Hailey Dearlove missed her first 10 shots and went scoreless in the first half before heating up in the second half to lead the Panthers (5-5) with 13 points. Dearlove assisted on all seven of Bradenton Christian's first-half buckets but couldn't find the range herself.

"We were in big trouble," BCS head coach Jim VanTil said of Dearlove's cold streak. "Our offense kind of revolves around that a bit. The main problem was their offensive rebounding, though. That was the game, as far as I was concerned."

The Rebels (10-5) owned a 60-25 advantage on the boards.

Katie Michaelsen had 10 points and nine rebounds for BCS.

Quatasia Fantroy poured in 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Alonso (10-5). Angel Golden added 15 points.

BCS trailed 36-20 after three quarters but twice narrowed the gap to 10 points, the first time on a Dearlove feed to Sarah Capps with 4:15 to play. But the Panthers couldn't get the deficit into single digits.

CARDINAL MOONEY 54, CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC 49 -- Camille Giardina scored 21 of her game-high 29 points in the second half as the Cougars got past the Marauders.

The game was tied at 38 entering the final quarter, but Giardina, a sophomore, poured in 11 points in the final frame to help Mooney (5-11) pull away from Clearwater Central Catholic (6-6).

The Marauders got 25 points from Tiffany St. Lifer.

BAYSHORE 43, ST. PETERSBURG DIXIE HOLLINS 28 -- The Bruins outscored the Rebels 19-10 in the middle two quarters to take control.

Brooklyn Spearin scored 16 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as Bayshore improved to 7-8. Joy Norman added 10 points. Meagan Thomas led Dixie Hollins (6-10) with 10 points.

ENGLEWOOD LEMON BAY 38, MANATEE 33 -- The Hurricanes (2-11) managed just three points in the first quarter and never recovered in a loss to the Manta Rays (10-6).

Jasmine Luther scored 13 points to pace Manatee. Hayley Smith poured in 15 for Lemon Bay.

Boys

LENNARD 88, BAYSHORE 70 -- Wesley Jackson scored 17 points for the Bruins (1-11), but the Longhorns used a 27-15 advantage in the second quarter to move to 9-3.

Gary Hector had 18 points, Robert Grant 14 for Lennard.

In other boys games, Cape Coral got past Brandon 53-51 and East Bay routed East Jackson (Ga.) 63-22.

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