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Mon. February 20, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

Pinellas region boys basketball capsules

Boys basketball region semifinals
All games Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Class 8A, East Lake (18-8) at Sarasota Riverview (24-2)
Previous meetings: The Rams have won all three, two by 10 points or more, including a 65-51 win in the district final. Both of Riverview’s double-digit wins came at home, where it is undefeated this season. The closest game was last month when the Rams traveled to East Lake and escaped with a 47-44 win.

Players to watch: The Rams’ Eric Traver is a prolific scorer who was MVP of the Bright House tournament and is averaging 24 points per game. Jeremy Mogged leads East Lake with 16.6 points per game. Teammate Blake Grimm is a solid shooter from the outside and is the only other Eagle averaging double figures in scoring (12.8 ppg).

Key stat: The Rams are the only team to score more than 64 points against East Lake this season. And they did it twice, scoring 68 and 65 in two of their three wins over the Eagles.

Did you know? East Lake won a playoff game for the first time last week, beating Wharton 54-53. The Rams, meanwhile, are making their third straight appearance.

Class 7A, Seminole (18-9) at St. Petersburg (20-8)
Previous meetings: The Green Devils have won all three by a combined eight points, including a 46-44 victory on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Devann Owens in the district final. This is the second time St. Petersburg has hosted in the season series. The Green Devils won the first one 46-44 by rallying in the second half.

Players to watch: The Warhawks are balanced, with four players scoring in double figures. Matt Cassity is averaging a team-leading 14 points per game and was the top scorer for Seminole in two of three games against the Green Devils. Demontrae Adams has led St. Petersburg in scoring in two of the past three games. Teammate David Jones is a strong inside presence who has played well against the Warhawks.

Key stat: The Green Devils have outscored Seminole in the fourth quarter or in overtime in all three meetings.

Did you know? This is the first time Seminole and St. Petersburg have met in a playoff game. The Warhawks won their first playoff game, 57-52 over Chamberlain last week.

Class 3A, St. Petersburg Catholic (17-8) at Shorecrest (21-8)
Previous meetings: Though the Chargers were the No. 4 seed in their district, they have had success against the Barons. They have won all three games this season, including an 85-73 victory in the district final in which Shorecrest rallied by hitting a barrage of 3-pointers in the second half.

Players to watch: SPC is led by Ryan Green, one of the area’s top recruits in football who uses his athleticism to race past defenders when driving toward the basket. Green is averaging 22.1 points per game and has gone to the line a whopping 217 times this season. Since the district tournament began, Green is 36-of-50 on free throws. The Chargers are led by perimeter shooters Luke Blume and Ricky Quiroz, who are both averaging 18 points and have hit a combined 180 3-pointers.

Key stat: Shorecrest has scored more than 80 points in each of its three wins against SPC.

Did you know? The Chargers have won three straight district titles. SPC made the playoffs this season for the first time since 2008.


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