ST. PETERSBURG — Do what we do.
It's a slogan that Shorecrest adopted from assistant coach Allen Williams soon after Darryl Blume, the junior varsity coach, took over in December when Brian Marchetti stepped down as varsity head coach.
The host Chargers (14-8) did just that Thursday against St. John Neumann in a Class 2A region quarterfinal, hitting 9 of 19 3-pointers in a 75-71 win.
Afterward, a Neumann player said, "They were hitting shots from the volleyball line and beyond," referring to the other lines on the gym floor.
The Chargers' first victory at the region level comes just days after their first district title since 1994 and continues a season that started 3-7.
"It's just something the players have been able to identify with because each of them now understands what their role is," Blume said. "Our point guard knows what his job is, our shooters understand theirs and everyone else falls in line."
Luke Blume, the coach's son, is one of those shooters. The sophomore guard hit five 3-pointers, scoring 20 of his game-high 25 in the first quarter for a 24-17 lead.
The Chargers then recovered from a 27-8 run by the Celtics (22-6) over the second and third quarters. They went on a 13-2 run to end the third quarter, led by Justin Waters, who scored six of his 16 points during the rally.
In the fourth, guard Ricky Quiroz, who finished with 19 points, hit a tying 3-pointer to start the quarter, then after several lead changes, he put the Chargers up for good at 65-64 with another long-range 3.
"I'm just blown away at all this," Quiroz said. "… We feel like anything's possible now."