Class 2A, district 11
Shorecrest edges Northside; AFA rolls
ST. PETERSBURG — At the beginning of the season, coach Daryl Blume packed Shorecrest's schedule with some public school heavyweights.
And the battle-tested Chargers (13-14) used that experience to defeat Northside Christian 65-62 Friday in the Class 2A, District 11 semifinals.
"It was a big win for us. We got out of our game plan, however, we stuck together," Blume said. "Elias Chaconas hit a big 3-point shot that put us over the top."
Shorecrest went into the second quarter with a seven-point lead that swelled to 10. The Mustangs made a furious rally, and Shorecrest took just a 33-32 lead into the locker room.
The teams were evenly matched after halftime, and going into the fourth quarter the score was knotted at 51-all.
Late in the quarter with Northside leading 62-60, Chaconas nailed the 3.
The Mustangs had a chance to win when Joe Chapman got a steal, but the Chargers stole the ball right back and an easy layup iced the game.
The Chargers were led by John Koenig's 18 points. Luke Nunnelly added 12 and Luke Blume scored 10.
In the late game, Admiral Farragut defeated Sarasota Out-of-Door 55-35. Alvin Cunningham led the Blue Jackets with 18 points.
"I give Out-of-Door credit. They played us tough in the first half and we basically took them for granted," Farragut coach Sylvio Brutus said.
Phillip Haywood, Times correspondent