OCALA — Tampa Bay Tech ran into a juggernaut in Thursday's Class 5A playoff opener.
The Titans wilted under Ocala Forest's constant full-court pressure, falling in a 60-27 loss that included a running clock for the entire second half.
"We didn't execute our game plan," TBT coach Adrian Johnson said. "We turned the ball over and we tried to do things we didn't work on."
The Titans (12-13) committed 15 turnovers in the second quarter alone and watched a 16-6 deficit turn into a 44-13 rout by the intermission. Lecarlton Nelson was TBT's only double-digit scorer with 10 points. The Titans shot just 29 percent (12-of-41) from the field and were outrebounded 31-21.
Forest (23-2) was paced by senior guard Hunter Williams, who scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Marquis Pritchett added 15 points for the Wildcats, who move on to face Newsome in Tuesday's region semifinal.
Andy Marks, Special to the Times