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Both county teams were eliminated in the Class 8A, District 8 semifinals Tuesday. East Lake, the No. 2 seed, lost to North Port 75-66.
It was a tough loss for the Eagles, who beat North Port by more than 20 points in the last meeting. But East Lake had trouble getting into a rhythm and fell behind early. Kyle Mogged led the Eagles with 23 points.
In the other semifinal, No. 4 seed Palm Harbor University lost to top seed Sarasota Riverview 54-32.
The Hurricanes were confident going to the game after losing by two in the last meeting. But the Rams had a big first quarter, outscoring PHU 20-7. Joe Walker led the Hurricanes with 10 points.
2A-9: Canterbury finds stroke in second half
Canterbury, the No. 3 seed, came on in the second half to beat No. 2 seed Keswick Christian 74-66.
With the score tied at 30 at the half, Canterbury came out in the third quarter and started firing from long range — and connecting. That helped Canterbury outscore Keswick 24-8 in the third quarter. Kyle Shealy and Hunter Coia reached double figures in scoring for Canterbury.
Canterbury will travel to play top seed Sarasota Christian on Friday in the championship game. The Blazers, who are undefeated in district play, beat Lakeside Christian 85-43. Logan Bates had a team-high 19 for Lakeside.