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5A region basketball: Durant 79, Ocala Forest 48

PLANT CITY — Already in uncharted territory, Durant extended a school-record winning streak to 11 and notched its first playoff win Thursday night.

The host Cougars, who narrowly edged East Bay for their first district title, dominated Ocala Forest for a 79-48 win in a Class 5A region quarterfinal.

"I'll take winning by (31) and the first-round regional," Durant coach Trent Tice said. "I can't complain."

Andre Nation, limited to six points in Durant's district final win over East Bay, broke out in a big way. The senior guard scored a game-high 33, which included three 3-pointers, and punctuated the win with a crowd-pleasing dunk in the waning seconds.

"That was the way to bounce back. I thought he stepped up tonight," Tice said.

Durant (20-4) reeled off an impressive 21-0 run after spotting Ocala Forest a 5-0 lead. By halftime, the Cougars had a commanding 33-16 lead that they widened with each quarter.

"I wasn't too worried," Tice said of falling behind early, adding that his team's 21 straight points "got our crowd into it. We just started rolling, I think."

Adrian Nelson added 14 and Divante Jenkins 10 for the Cougars.

Ocala Forest (19-7) got 14 points from Kimball Hubbard and 12 from Austin Bowman, whose total came on four 3-pointers.


Region semifinals

Games at 7 p.m. Tuesday

6A: Sarasota Riverview at Wharton

5A: East Bay at Durant

5A: Sickles at Chamberlain

4A: Jesuit at Blake

3A: Tampa Catholic at

Berkeley Prep

2A: Calvary Christian at Tampa Prep

A: Cambridge at Seacrest Country Day

A: Seffner Christian at

Bradenton Christian

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