TAMPA — Devontae Morgan entered elite company with Tampa Prep’s 71-43 rout of Seffner Christian in the final.
The senior now has started for district champs in all four seasons at the school. Overall, the Terrapins have seven consecutive titles.
“It’s a great feeling,” Morgan said. “We set the bar higher and higher each year.”
Morgan, the Terrapins’ leading scorer this season, didn’t have to contribute much offensively to help Tampa Prep (26-1) pull away. Led by Josh Heath’s 12, five Terrapins scored eight or more points.
“It’s what’s so great about our team,” said Morgan, who scored seven. “We’re not selfish. We believe in the extra pass and playing team defense. Our bench is pretty deep. I think that’s an advantage we have over other teams.”
Holding a 20-10 lead after one quarter, Tampa Prep went on a 14-2 run to start the second quarter. It led by 20 at halftime.
Another 14-2 run right after the break, culminated by a reverse, double-clutch dunk by Morgan, put the Terrapins ahead 53-21 and put the game out of reach.
Tampa Prep also received contributions from Greg Berlin (nine points), Marshall Holmes (nine), Bernard Woodside (eight) and Adonis Rwabigwi (eight).
“One of the best things we have moving forward is we have four kids who average double figures,” Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon said. “So it’s kind of hard sometimes to guard us,”
The lone bright spot for Seffner Christian (13-12) was freshman guard Kent Hegarty, who led all scorers with 18 points while making 5 of 7 3-pointers. Barrett Swartz (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Crusaders, who outscored the Terrapins 16-13 in the fourth.