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Mon. February 1, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

CLEARWATER — Playing mostly mistake-free basketball throughout the second half Monday, Clearwater seized control against rival Largo and cruised to a 64-51 victory that wrapped up the north division in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference.
The Tornadoes (19-5), the defending conference champion, will play the winner of Wednesday’s Lakewood-St. Petersburg game in the PCAC final Friday.
“I think we were able to get a lot of movement with the ball in the second half and did a good job of playing to our strengths,” Clearwater coach Allen Carden said.
Okaro White was a dominant force inside, finishing with a team-high 22 points and 15 rebounds. His performance helped Clearwater break open what was a close game.
Clinging to a 48-44 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Tornadoes scored eight straight to give them enough of a cushion the rest of the way. In all, Clearwater used 10 players, seven of whom scored.
“It’s a big win and we enjoy being in the conference championship game,” Carden said. “But we’re still after the big prize.”
The Packers (18-6) were led by Breon Bostic, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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