Avon Park runs Buccaneers ragged
TAMPA — Berkeley Prep started strong before faltering in the second half, falling to Avon Park 71-57 in the class 2A region semifinals Tuesday night.
Berkeley (18-11) held an 18-13 lead after the first quarter, as Reggie Barnes and Pierce Hunt connected on a pair of 3-pointers. Avon Park (25-3) clawed back to claim a 30-24 lead at halftime.
The second half belonged to Avon Park, as the Bucs struggled to keep up. The Red Devils used their size to dominate the boards and outscore Berkeley 19-8 in the third.
"I've got to give Avon Park credit, they have a lot of weapons," Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart said. "They were bigger, more physical and more athletic than us and they put a whole game together tonight. When they smell blood they can really get it going."
Nelson Agholor led the Bucs with 13 points and Barnes had 10.
Berkeley Prep returns all five starters next season.
"We need to get more athletic and physical but we've got kids with several years still ahead of them. Our future is definitely bright," Reinhart said.
Sean Fitzgerald, Times correspondent