EAST MANATEE — Braden River got a history lesson on why the college game adopted the shot clock 26 years ago. It played a key role in the Pirates' 38-27 loss to Jesuit in a Class 4A region quarterfinal Thursday.
In the second half, Jesuit (24-4) went to a four corners offense popularized by Dean Smith, who coached North Carolina 36 years. When the Tigers led 24-21 at the outset of the fourth, they held the ball for long periods while frustrating Braden River (19-8).
"I have a great point guard (Hunter Clonts) and with him we can get to the four corners and it's pretty effective when you have the lead late in the game," Jesuit coach Neal Goldman said. "…Most teams don't know how to react to the four corners because they don't see it."
Joey Galvis led Jesuit with 14 points. Clonts only had two free throws, but his ball handling was the difference.