ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Catholic wasn't sure what kind of season it would have. After an average summer and fall season, they the Crusaders put it all together Friday and beat Berkeley Prep 52-43 to win the 3A, District 10 championship.
"We did not have a great summer and were only about .500 in the fall league," Crusaders coach Don Dziagwa said. "If you would have told me we would win 21 games and be district champs I would've said no. The players exceeded my expectations."
After exchanging the lead, the Crusaders held a 13-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Crusaders guards Austin Aikens and LaShawn Harrison scored six and four points in the second quarter to allow Tampa Catholic to extend its advantage to 27-20 at halftime.
Bucs forward Reggie Barnes sparked a 10-0 run to tie the game at 32 in the third quarter. Nelson Agholor and Delante Jones chipped in three points each during the run.
"We had some good possessions but couldn't finish at the rim," Bucs coach Bobby Reinhart said. "If we get one of those, who knows what happens."
The Crusaders opened the fourth quarter with 12 straight points as the backcourt of Aikens and Harrison took over.
"We worked hard all season for this," Aikens said. "We had to step up to the plate and take it."
Aikens finished with 23 points and Harrison 12. Antonio Rubio had seven points and five rebounds.
Agholor led the Bucs with 14 points and eight rebounds and Barnes contributed 10 points.