TAMPA — If coach Bobby Reinhart had any uncertainty Friday night before Berkeley Prep’s game against Frostproof, it didn’t last long.
Craig Bowman scored 14 of his game-high 24 points to fuel a 30-point first quarter and Berkeley Prep routed Frostproof 75-41 in a Class 4A region quarterfinal. The Buccaneers (25-3) advance to play Avon Park on Tuesday.
With the Berkeley Prep boys soccer team involved in the state playoffs — it lost in the semifinals to Orlando Bishop Moore — the basketball game was moved from Thursday. The Buccaneers held abbreviated practices two days during lunch, but the change in routine didn’t show. Berkeley Prep made 12 of its first 15 field goals for a 37-11 lead by early in the second quarter, and Frostproof (14-14) never threatened. For the final 9 1/2 minutes, there was a running clock.
“It’s obviously the way you want to get started in a postseason game,” Reinhart said. “Everything is on the line and you never know what the jitters are going to be like. It’s been an interesting week for us, and to come out the way we did was very, very pleasing for sure.”
Bowman scored eight of Berkeley Prep’s first nine points.
“I’ve never been hotter (in a quarter),” he said. “The game plan was to fight hard. We realized that somebody’s season ended (Friday), and we didn’t want it to be ours.”
Said Reinhart: “Craig did a good job attacking the rim and (Frostrproof) was foul prone. … We knew that. We did a good job of taking it at them and getting to the free-throw line.” Berkeley Prep shot 32 free throws.
Justin Gray added 16 points and Marshall Holmes 12 for the Buccaneers, who are in their 11th region under Reinhart and 20th overall since 1967.