TAMPA — Tampa Prep scored first and never relinquished the lead en route to an 84-29 victory over Lakeland Christian in the 2A region quarterfinals Thursday.
The Terrapins used a full-court zone press to force Lakeland Christian into 30 turnovers.
"We like to play a certain way, pressuring the ball as much as we can," said Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon. "Our athleticism took over in the first half; we are lucky to have kids that are quick and long enough to make up for their mistakes on defense."
The game was fast-paced, allowing Tampa Prep (24-4) to score a lot of easy baskets, including five slam dunks. The Terrapins held a 54-20 lead at halftime as 12 Tampa Prep players scored in the game. Senior guard Jamal Cherry scored 21 points, 15 in the first half.
Jay Bowie scored 12 points and Tyler Raquet 11 for Tampa Prep.
"We've been having hard, competitive practices preparing for these games," said Fenlon. "Jay Bowie and Jamal Cherry are the players we're riding right now."
Sean Fitzgerald, Times correspondent