NAPLES — Sweat soaking through his pinstripe suit, Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon contemplated what had just transpired at the end of the Class 2A region final at Community School on Saturday night.
"Amazing," Fenlon said. "Sometimes you have to win games you shouldn't win. They outplayed us the entire game."
Paced by six 3-pointers, Community School almost did an outside job on Tampa Prep, but the Terrapins survived with a 46-43 win to advance to Lakeland vs. Port St. Joe in the state semifinals.
With about 15 seconds left in a tie game, Tampa Prep's Jordan Heath came up with a steal but missed on the drive. But as he did much of the night, 6-foot-3 sophomore Davontae Morgan pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled with 9.3 seconds left. Just after that, CSN senior Danny Fleming hurled the ball toward the basket on the far end of the floor and was whistled for a technical.
"You have to call that," said Fenlon, who mentioned a teammate's technical had cost him a region final win when he was in high school. "But I feel just terrible for that kid."
Morgan made 1-of-2 free throws and Jamal Cherry missed both the technical attempts but the Terps (26-4) got the ball back. Morgan was fouled with 8.3 second left and made both free throws.
CSN (24-6) had one last shot. Kent Coyne inbounded to Fleming, who found star senior guard Mitch Woods for an open 3 from the top left. Woods' shot banged off the far rim, but Kent Coyne snatched the offensive rebound and got off a 25-foot heave at the buzzer that fell short.
Morgan led Tampa Prep with 13 points and Cherry had 12.