District boys basketball: Seffner Christian 60, Admiral Farragut 53
TAMPA — The Crusaders had to fight, scratch and claw through most of Saturday night’s Class 4A, District 4 final against Admiral Farragut, but toward the end of the game Seffner Christian finally found its groove.
The Crusaders' resilience, combined with a strong finish, ultimately led to a 60-53 victory, giving Seffner Christian its first district boys basketball title since 2010.
“We knew we weren’t playing our best in the beginning, but we also knew that if we kept taking it to the basket and playing our game that good things would happen,” said Seffner Christian senior Bryson Grasse, who scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, including a key offensive rebound in the final minutes that heavily swayed the final outcome.
“I really don’t know a more mentally-tough team than our team because we have played a tough schedule and we feel prepared for these situations.”
In the first quarter, Admiral Farragut (17-3) looked like it might be the first 4A-4 team to defeat the Crusaders this season after jumping to a 9-0 lead and not allowing Seffner to score within the game’s first six minutes.
Admiral Farragut held its lead until less than two minutes remained in the first half when Darius Lue hit two free throws to take a 17-16 lead.
From there the teams traded the lead 13 times before Seffner Christian jumped ahead 42-41 with 4:44 remaining in the game.
The Crusaders (22-6, 9-0) never trailed the rest of the way, hitting nine of their last free-throw attempts and dominating on the boards.
“This is a great victory against a tough team, especially after coming off a tough semifinal victory (Friday night) against Tampa Prep (51-41),” Seffner Christian coach Sam Moorer said. “I was proud that one day after a huge victory against Tampa Prep we were able to persevere against another tough opponent in Admiral Farragut. I couldn’t possibly be more proud of these boys.”
Crusader Reid Walker led the individual point scorers with 22 points, followed by Lue (13) and Grasse (10).
For Admiral Farragut, Meehan Cross and Winston Dessesow led the way with 18 points apiece.