Class 2A, district 10
Calvary Chr. gets by IRC at just the right time
CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian had previously met Indian Rocks Christian twice this season, losing both games. But the Warriors were missing starting point guard Jim Appelt in both games.
With Appelt back on the floor, "I believed we could win," coach Mark Carter said.
And Calvary did, 43-40 in the Class 2A-10 semifinals Friday night.
The game picked up intensity in the second quarter. Senior Tommy McGarry had 11 points and two rebounds at the break as IRC pulled ahead 25-24. After halftime Golden Eagles senior Blake Farver hit two 3-pointers, as McGarry and Sean Culkin went to work scoring easy baskets and rebounding fearlessly.
The game remained a nip-and-tuck contest in the fourth quarter. Then Alex Govan put up a quick seven points and Calvary's (11-15) defense stepped it up. IRC (13-11) went cold in the quarter, and its last shot was errant at the buzzer.
Christian Colangelo scored 14 points and Govan added 15 for the Warriors.
They'll meet Tampa Prep, a 74-19 winner over Bishop McLaughlin, in tonight's final.
Bishop McLaughlin (1-25) led briefly 2-0 in that semifinal, then it was all Terrapins. Senior David Fletcher, who finished with 12 points, had eight consecutive points off turnovers. After taking an 18-2 lead, the Terrapins (21-4) quickly emptied their bench midway through the first quarter.
The Terps continued to bring heavy pressure and built a 47-6 lead at the half; the second half was played with a running clock.
Phillip Haywood, Times correspondent