Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

2A region basketball: St. John Neumann 60, Shorecrest 56

ST. PETERSBURG — A key injury hampered Shorecrest in the fourth quarter, and St. John Neumann rallied from eight points down to defeat the host Chargers 60-56 Thursday in the 2A region quarterfinals.

Late in the third quarter, Chargers junior Elias Chaconas ran into the padded wall at one end of the court while he and the Celtics' Josh Hardy chased a loose ball. Chaconas, who had 21 points, including four 3-pointers, remained motionless for a few minutes.

"He was knocked out for a short period of time," said Shorecrest coach Daryl Blume, who noted that Chaconas was moving his extremities. "He was mad because he wanted to come back in the game."

Paramedics transported Chaconas to an undisclosed hospital.

At the time of the delay, which lasted about a half hour, Shorecrest (13-14) held a seven-point advantage, one it increased to a 51-43 lead.

But that's when the Celtics went on a 13-0 run that carried into the fourth period and put the team up by five with less than 1:45 left in the game.

Junior guard Ricky Quiroz ended the dry spell for the Chargers with a 3-pointer.

Down 59-56, the momentum appeared to swing in favor of Shorecrest as Gray missed two shots from the free-throw line and Mike Corso was called for a foul. But the Chargers couldn't sink the front end of a one-and-one with just more than 30 seconds remaining. Senior center Josh Hardy then hit a free-throw shot to put the Celtics up by four.

Chaconas' 21 points was the high for the Chargers, followed by Quiroz, who scored 18.

2A region basketball: St. John Neumann 60, Shorecrest 56 02/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.
  2. Rays waste repeated opportunities in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a case for urgency before Thursday's game, in both actions and words, making significant changes to the structure of the lineup and sincere comments about time running short.

    Trevor Plouffe of the Rays reacts as he pops out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. [Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images]
  3. Confederate statue: Why Bucs, Lightning, Rays took a stand


    They didn't want another Charlottesville.

    Marc Rodriguez, a member of the "Florida Fight for $15" organization, stands in protest along with other activists demanding the Confederate  monument be removed from the old Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Kevin Cash: 'We've got to turn it around. ... Time is of the essence'


    The question to manager Kevin Cash was about a rematch with the Mariners this weekend at the Trop, but he made clear this afternoon that with his Rays losing nine of their last 12 that they have to treat every game as essential.

    "We've got to start playing good baseball games whether we match up well against that team or not," Kevin Cash said.
  5. Lightning wing J.T. Brown on why he donated to remove Confederate statue


    Lightning wing J.T. Brown was back in his Minneapolis offseason home over the weekend when he saw on TV the violent protests in Charlottesville over the removal of a Confederate statue.

    J.T. Brown decided to get involved, donating $1,500 to assist in removing a Confederate statue in Tampa.