Boys basketball | Palmetto defeats Southeast 83-54 in Turkey Classic finale

Special to the HeraldDecember 1, 2013 

PALMETTO -- Jarrid Rhodes led the way with 19 points, 12 coming in the second half, as the Palmetto boys basketball team continued its early-season dominance, defeating Southeast 83-54 in the final game of the Palmetto Turkey Classic.

The 29-point victory represented the Tigers' closest game of the season. They defeated Manatee 82-37 on Friday night in the Turkey Classic opener.

Palmetto (5-0) used a 10-0 run capped off by Brandon Drake's steal and layup with four minutes left in the second quarter, giving the Tigers a 29-17 cushion.

Palmetto took a 37-26 lead into the half.

Rhodes picked up where he left off connecting on a three from the corner to start the third, pushing the lead back to 14.

The Tigers used a swarming 2-3 zone that forced Southeast (2-1) to turn the ball over and prevented the Seminoles from getting into an offensive rhythm.

Southeast's Ronald Taylor kept the deficit within reach in the third quarter. He led his team with 17 points, and his physical play gave Southeast a chance.

After a few misses Taylor grabbed an offensive rebound, put it back up and got a traditional three-point play, cutting the deficit to 44-33, but that's as close as the Seminoles would get.

Rhodes picked off a pass and took it coast to coast for a layup followed by another Tiger basket, pushing the lead back up to 15.

Moments later, Palmetto's Stepvon Saunders hit a jumper and increased the lead to 57-41 with just more than six minutes left to play. Saunders finished with 13 points on the night.

The Tigers used tight defense and precise offense to outscore Southeast 31-13 in the final quarter.

Drake scored 17 points and had four steals for the Tigers. Jordan Young added 11 points and seven rebounds.

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