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2A boys basketball: Tampa Prep puts away Calvary with ease

TAMPA — At least they knew what to expect.

In their three previous meetings this season, Tampa Prep had its way with Calvary Christian, winning by an average of almost 40 points.

The postseason proved to be no different Tuesday night as Tampa Prep used its size and defense to jump to a quick lead and cruise to a 78-33 win in the Class 2A region semifinals.

The Terrapins (25-4) advance to Saturday's region final at Naples Community School.

"We're playing at a pretty good level," said Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon. "We just tried to plan on what they might try to do differently from the other times we've played them."

Not that there was much Calvary (12-17) could do differently.

The Warriors' highlight came when guard Jim Appelt nailed a shot from halfcourt as the first-period buzzer sounded.

But by that time, Tampa Prep had already established a 14-point advantage and was well on its way to its 45-point win and region final date.

Appelt led the Warriors with 12 points.

"Early on, we had some hustle," said Calvary coach Mark Carter. "Our goal was to keep it close. But we just had too many turnovers and not enough made shots."

The Terrapins, meanwhile, had 13 players score and were able to rest their dominant 6-foot-4 player Jamal Cherry for most of the game. Cherry scored only two points.

Senior Jay Bowie and sophomore Devontae Morgan supplied the bulk of the points, leading the Terrapins with 18 and 20, respectively. Jordan Heath and Tyler Raquet added seven points each.

2A boys basketball: Tampa Prep puts away Calvary with ease 02/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 10:51pm]
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