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Wed. January 26, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

The boys basketball game between Lakewood and Clearwater, which was postponed Tuesday, will not be made up because the game has no bearing on conference or district standings.

The regular-season matchup between two of the county's most storied programs usually draws a big crowd and often is a preview of the conference championship game. Both teams met in the PCAC final the past two seasons.

Tuesday's game initially was postponed because of the severe weather that prompted county officials to cancel all athletic events that night. The teams tried to find a date to make up the game but couldn't because of conflicting schedules.

Clearwater still is in the mix to represent the north in the PCAC title game Feb. 4. Lakewood, with losses to Boca Ciega, Gibbs and St. Petersburg, has been eliminated from contending for the south division. The winner of Thursday's Gibbs-Boca Ciega game will represent the south.

Because they will not the meet in the conference championship, the regular-season game would have been the only time the Spartans and Tornadoes faced each other this season. The jv game also would have been between two undefeated teams.

"It's disappointing that we will not be able to play this game," Clearwater coach Allen Carden said.  

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