Boys basketball | St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep peppers Bradenton Christian in Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinal

jlembo@bradenton.comFebruary 14, 2014 

ST. PETERSBURG -- On one hand, Scott Townsend wants his Bradenton Christian Panthers to remember what happened Thursday night at Shorecrest Prep's Crisp Gym.

On the other hand, he doesn't want the Panthers' 91-31 loss to the Chargers in a Class 3A-Region 3 boys basketball quarterfinal to define an otherwise solid season.

"Nothing like our season," Townsend said. "We just didn't come ready (Thursday). We're real young, and I just told my guys, 'You've got to remember this and you've got to learn from it.' This is where we want to get to, and you've got to bring it every day."

It was never close. Shorecrest bolted to an 11-2 lead and put the game away in the second quarter, when the Chargers outscored BCS 27-4 and kept the Panthers (13-9) off the scoreboard until Ryan Leunk hit a lay-up 21 seconds before half.

Shorecrest lead 50-12 at that point, and the entire second half was played with a running clock. Not helping the Panthers' cause was the Chargers' 17-5 advantage in rebounds in the quarter and an efficient inside-outside game powered by 6-foot-9 center Jay Jordan and guard Brady Grimm.

Jordan finished with 18 points -- six came on three third-quarter dunks -- and was honored after the game for being the first player in program history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Grimm finished with 23 points and hit two of Shorecrest's seven 3-pointers.

"We couldn't hit a shot, and they hit everything. It was the perfect storm," Townsend said. "When you come out hesitant and you can't hit a shot, and they hit everything, that's the way it's going to go."

Leunk had six points and Jake Lister had six for the Panthers, who had one senior in Thursday's starting lineup: guard Coleman Barber.

"For being so young, we had a great year. And I thought we really got better as the year went on, which was good," Townsend said. "The district championship game against (Cardinal) Mooney was one of our best games. ... Unfortunately when you're young, you're going to have some moments like this."

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