Prep basketball | BCS boys fall short of Smoothie King Classic final; Bayshore girls advance

twolfrum@bradenton.comDecember 29, 2012 

BRADENTON -- What a difference a day -- not to mention an opponent -- can make.

Smooth and efficient during an 82-58 victory over Imagine School of North Port on Thursday, the Bradenton Christian boys basketball team was blown away by a talented East Bay squad Friday in a boys semifinal at the sixth annual Smoothie King Classic.

The pressing, fast-breaking Indians forced the Panthers into 22 first-half turnovers and cruised to an 82-32 victory that featured a running clock throughout the fourth quarter.

"They got us playing their style of game," said BCS head coach Scott Townsend, whose team committed 31 turnovers for the game. "They did a good job of pushing the tempo. They're one of the better teams we've played."

The Indians' Anton Crutcher led all scorers with 17 points, knocking down all seven of his field-goal attempts. Mike Washington added 14 points, and Marcus Wright had 13.

Nick Scheimann led the Panthers with 10 points. Jake

Lister had seven.

East Bay (12-2) advances to meet Lennard, a 67-56 victor over Cape Coral in Friday's other semifinal, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the championship game at Bradenton Christian. The Panthers (4-7) will meet Cape Coral at 5 p.m. in a third-place game.

The only local team that will play for a Smoothie King title is the Bayshore girls, who defeated Cardinal Mooney 52-45 to make it to the final for the first time since winning the 2010 event. The Bruins will meet Englewood Lemon Bay, which defeated Tampa Alonso 47-44 in the other girls semifinal.

It will be the second straight year a local team will not win the boys tournament after BCS won the first three titles and Lakewood Ranch took the fourth.

Lennard made it to the championship of last year's Smoothie King Classic before falling 73-29 to Tampa Prep. This is East Bay's first appearance in the tournament.

"We're playing a crosstown rival in Lennard High School," East Bay head coach Billy Teeden said. "We know them, they know us. We're treating it like a district championship game. It'd be a big deal to win it."

East Bay raced out to a 16-4 lead Friday before BCS made its lone move to stay in the game. A Lister 3-pointer keyed a 7-0 run to make the score 18-13 late in the first quarter.

But the Indians capitalized on turnovers and fast-break opportunities to outscore the Panthers 25-6 in the third quarter, and the rout was on. BCS committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter and 11 more in the second.

"That's our pace," Teeden said. "That's the way we like to play. We like to turn teams over. That might the most, though."

In Friday's other games involving area teams:

Girls

BAYSHORE 52, CARDINAL MOONEY 45 -- The Bruins took control of a seesaw affair late to advance to the championship game for the second time in the tournament's history.

Joy Norman's three-point play with 2:22 remaining sent Bayshore up 47-43, and the Bruins never looked back.

Norman led the Bruins (8-8) with 14 points. Nora Bernard added 11 points, and Brooklyn Spearrin had nine.

Bayshore coach Jamaal Sanders said his team has made a habit of winning despite not playing its most fluid ball. "I need to find another word for ugly," Sanders said. "We're real young. It goes to the hard work they're putting in."

The Bruins hit four 3-pointers in the first half and enjoyed the lead until Cardinal Mooney took over in the third quarter.

Sophomore Camille Giardina led all scorers with 28 points for the Cougars (5-12). She scored 10 straight points in the third quarter as Cardinal Mooney moved out to a 40-33 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

"We didn't stop her at all," Sanders said. "It was a back-and-forth game, and we just made some stops at the end."

Quinn Incardona scored 12 points for Cardinal Mooney.

Bayshore responded with a 10-0 run of its own, capped by a Bernard runner that put the Bruins up 43-40 with 4:50 to play.

MANATEE 54, BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 39 -- The Hurricanes outscored the Panthers 21-9 in the fourth quarter to pull out their third victory of the season in a consolation-bracket contest.

Whitney Davis scored 13 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to lead Manatee (3-11). Jasmine Luther contributed 12 points, and Jada Guion had 11 points.

Hailey Dearlove, who scored 16 points, was the only Panther in double figures. Bradenton Christian is 5-6.

The Hurricanes will meet St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins in a fifth-place game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. BCS will face Clearwater Central Catholic for seventh place at 9:30 a.m.

Boys

BAYSHORE 65, BRANDON 60 (OT) -- Tracey Thomas and Wesley Jackson led the Bruins to an impressive win in a taut consolation-bracket contest.

Jackson hit a free throw with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime, and Thomas scored the first four points of the extra session to give Bayshore (2-11) the lead for good.

Thomas scored 21 points, and Jackson had 19. Brandon (10-4) got 24 points from Roderick Davis. Bayshore will meet East Jackson (Ga.) in a fifth-place game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Elsewhere

BRADEN RIVER 48, NEW PORT RICHEY GULF 43 -- The Pirates prevailed over the Buccaneers in the second round of the Jaguar Christmas Tournament at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa. Jessica Ogline led Braden River (11-4) with 17 points and three steals. Alexis Stout had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Chianti Mitchell had 16 rebounds, seven steals, six points, two blocks and three assists.

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