District boys basketball: Chamberlain, Hillsborough cruise into final
TAMPA — The rematch is now set between Chamberlain and Hillsborough, and from the looks of things after Wednesday’s Class 7A, District 7 semifinals, both teams are 100 percent ready to get it on in Friday’s title game.
Chamberlain made its statement in Wednesday’s first semifinal, running away from Armwood with a 62-46 victory. Hillsborough then followed with an 85-62 domination of tournament host King.
“We’ve been building toward this all season,” Chamberlain coach Chris Snyder said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way our guys have hung together, done all the right things and steadily gotten better. I think we’re ready.”
During the regular season, Hillsborough and Chamberlain split victories, the Chiefs beating the Terriers 61-46 on Dec. 16, and the Terriers defeating the Chiefs 54-34 on Jan. 17.
At a glance, Hillsborough appears to be the favorite, considering the score of the last meeting with Chamberlain and the fact the Terriers have won 15 straight games, including an impressive 59-53 victory against local power Sickles.
On Wednesday against King, the Terriers (23-3) never seemed to have a doubt, jumping to a 21-11 first-quarter lead and never allowing King to get within 10 points the rest of the way.
By halftime the Terriers led 49-30 and Hillsborough starters Zach Carter (23 points), Tim Lawrence (12) and floor general/point guard Dexter Stallworth were on relative cruise control.
Chamberlain (16-8) didn’t have as easy of a time with Armwood, leading only 21-20 at the half before stretching its lead to 41-31 after three quarters.
Chief Aaron Edwards led the way with 18 points, followed by Malik Watson with 14, Myikel Wilson with 13 and Reggie Lowe with eight. Perhaps most impressively, Chamberlain went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line.
“We definitely shot it well tonight but we’re going to need more of that moving forward,” Snyder said. “Hillsborough is tough.”