ST. PETERSBURG — Shorecrest scored the first 25 points in the second quarter and played the second half under a running clock as the Chargers easily defeated Bradenton Christian 91-31 in Thursday’s Class 3A region quarterfinal.
The Chargers were led by a 24-point effort from Brady Grimm and 21 points by Jay Joyer, who was honored after the game for being the school’s first basketball player to have 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
“It’s a great accomplishment and it’s been an honor to play for Coach (Daryl) Blume and be a part of this program,” Joyer said. “I have great teammates and I share this with them because they made me a better player.”
The 25-point run in the second quarter was marked by Joyer’s tough inside presences and the sharp shooting of Grimm, Austin Hunt and Kenny DeVaul.
By the time the Panthers scored their first basket of the quarter it was 50-14 and the game was clearly out of reach.
“This is our goal right now — to be playing our best basketball in the postseason,” Blume said. “Obviously nights like this are just special because everything seemed to go right but this is a very good team.
“We’ve got the size and good ball handlers that can shoot and drive to the basket around him. Jay is content scoring his points off rebounds and whenever the opportunity arises.”
Blume challenged his starters to close the show strong in the third quarter, and they responded with a 12-3 run highlighted by three dunks from Joyer to extend the lead to 64-19.
“Our goal is to get to Lakeland but we’re taking this thing one game at a time. I’m going to enjoy this tonight and we’ll practice hard (Friday).”