Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

.UP NEXT

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

5A region basketball: Durant 79, Ocala Forest 48 02/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2011 12:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Is Mikhail Sergachev, who debuts with Lightning at Wednesday camp, ready for the NHL?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — When defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was taken ninth overall by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL draft, a horde of Montreal media surrounded him for his first news conference.

    Mikhail Sergachev takes a shot during warmups prior to a game between the Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes in October in Montreal. [Getty Images]
  2. Top pick Brendan McKay signing with Rays for $7M bonus

    Blogs

    The Rays are set to sign top pick 1B/LHP Brendan McKay for a bonus just over $7-million, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

    McKay was the No. 4 overall pick in the June 12 draft as he starred as a two-way player leading Louisville to the College World Series.

    The deal is expected to be finalized …

  3. Vince Young takes shot at Bucs' Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Blogs

    Former NFL quarterback Vince Young, out of the league since 2011 and complaining about not getting more opportunities to prolong his career, took a shot at new Bucs backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in a story posted at …

    Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Bucs to be Jameis Winston's backup this fall, has played for six other NFL teams in his 12 seasons in the league.
  4. For starters: Rays at Pirates, with Hechavarria active, Robertson sent down

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 3:26: And the Rays indeed have Hechavarria at SS and Beckham at 2B. Also, with no DH Dickerson is in left.

    The stellar view from the press box at PNC Park.