PINELLAS PARK — Pretty soon, if Boca Ciega keeps scoring the way it has this season, the entire team might need a speedster moniker.
After scoring 90 or more just once last season (a 105-26 rout over Dunedin), the Pirates have hit that mark twice in three games. Last week, they opened the season with a 90-54 win over Dixie Hollins and after beating Clearwater 74-60 on Friday, the Pirates showcased their up-tempo style of play once again Tuesday with a 91-62 victory over Pinellas Park in which the Pirates never trailed.
“We wanted to stay humble after (the win over Clearwater), and we probably practiced the hardest we have all season the next day,” said Kenny “Speedy” Smith, who had a game-high 27 points and 12 assists along with six rebounds.
Smith helped the Pirates jump out to a 13-3 lead by scoring the first five points on a layup and a 3-pointer then assisting on two of the next three Boca Ciega baskets. The Pirates, who had all five starters score in double figures for the second time this season, then opened a substantial lead after the Patriots closed the gap to 13-7 by going on a 8-2 run.
Boca Ciega demonstrated its explosiveness in the second quarter after Pinellas Park narrowed the margin to 24-19 by scoring nine consecutive points in a span of 23 seconds: on a 3-pointer by Dallas Moore, an offensive rebound and basket by Josh McCree, and two layups by Kyonn Smith.
“I’m doing whatever I can to help the team,” said McCree, who scored 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds. “I worked really hard in the weight room in the offseason to get stronger so I could be a force in the paint as far as rebounding goes.”
Moore finished with 17 points and D.J. White had 15 for the Pirates. Corey Edwards led the Patriots with 15 points.