//comScore:

Region boys basketball: Berkeley Prep back at state for first time since 1967

Search

Twitter



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video

HomeTeam Hot Shots
Vote for the top male and female athletes from the bay area
Haydyn Gibson, golf, Osceola
Ariana Mosley, volleyball, Tampa Prep
Samantha Schlesman, volleyball, Seminole
Sarah Sprauge, volleyball, Sunlake
Kara Wilkins, swimming, Sunlake
Ashley Zagers, golf, Cambridge Christian
Bruce Anderson, football, Newsome
Christopher Faddoul, football, Wiregrass Ranch
Josh Joy, football, Keswick Christian
Todd Sims, football, Spoto
Zach Weaver, cross country, Pasco
Louis Zervos, football, Tarpon Springs
 

Facebook

 
 

Sat. February 25, 2012 | Bryan Burns

Region boys basketball: Berkeley Prep back at state for first time since 1967

TAMPA — Take notice, Blake Griffin, there’s a new contender gunning for the Lob City throne.

USC football commit Nelson Agholor led Berkeley Prep to its first boys basketball state semifinal since 1967, courtesy of a 70-62 victory over Fort Myers Bishop Verot in the Class 4A, Region 3 final.

And he did so with an emphatic exclamation point.

With Berkeley Prep (22-7) holding a six-point lead late in the first half, Agholor made the play of the game and, quite possibly, the season.

The 6-foot-1 senior received a pass on a 2-on-1 break, jumped over Bishop Verot 6-foot guard Brian Reeves and dunked in the defender’s face with a ferocity that brought the over-capacity crowd crammed inside the Bucs’ gym to its collective feet. The applause from the awe-struck spectators lasted well over a minute, and the Vikings had to call a timeout to regroup.

“That was unbelievable,” Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart said. “We see him every day, and we’ve seen some stuff that he’s done. I haven’t seen him do that. No doubt, that was a big lift for sure.”

Agholor’s slam energized the Bucs and rattled the Vikings (25-5). Berkeley Prep closed out the first half with consecutive 3-pointers, including Jake Zwiebel’s make that bounced on the rim three times before falling at the buzzer , to go into the break with a 38-26 lead.

“(The dunk) was a momentum changer,” Agholor said, smiling.

Berkeley Prep continued pulling away in the third quarter, extending its lead to 18 points on a N’Namdi Green field goal. The Bucs opened a 20-point advantage with 6:12 to go, before the Vikings made a last-ditch effort to get back in the game. The Vikings made it a nine-point game with 3:03 remaining but were unable to get much closer, thanks to a ball-hawking defensive effort from Berkeley Prep that caused 21 turnovers and forced the Vikings into a number of long, 3-point tries.

“This is the best team defense I’ve ever been a part of,” said Agholor, who had 13 points. “So many guys played hard. We earned it.”

Justin Gray had a team-high 21 points and grabbed eight boards to pace the Bucs. Reggie Barnes made three 3-pointers and added 18 points.

Bishop Verot was led by Mason Taylor’s game-high 26 points. Taylor also had 13 rebounds. Mark Wagner contributed 16 points and was 4-of-11 from three-point range for the Vikings.

Comments

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours
Loading...