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)

6A-8 boys basketball: Brandon, Wharton on course to meet in final

TAMPA — In his first year as coach at Brandon, Allie Turley lost his first six games, struggled with a young roster, headed into the district tournament on a losing streak and was blown out in the first round.

In his second season, Turley lost his first six games, was up and down with a young roster, headed into the district tournament on a losing streak and …well, that's where the comparison ends.

Perhaps turning a corner in his young coaching career, Turley guided his Eagles to the 6A-8 championship game Friday night, beating Plant 53-47 at Alonso.

Turley was quick to credit his guards, Da-Vonte Lamarr and Xavier Bradley, for controlling play and helping keep the Panthers in the 40s despite a game-high 27 from Michael Frazier.

When held below 50, Plant (13-13) was 2-10 this season.

"I thought Da-Vonte and Xavier stepped up and really controlled the pace of the team," Turley said. "They ran the offense well."

Brandon (11-14) was led by Charles Johnson, who made three 3s on his way to 15 points. Three other Eagles scored in double figures. The Eagles advance to next week's region quarterfinals, along with Wharton, a 57-51 winner over Alonso. The two meet tonight for the district title and homecourt advantage in the playoffs.

While closer than expected, the Wildcats (25-1) were always in control against the Ravens (9-18) in capturing their 23rd straight win. The Ravens erased a 9-0 start by Wharton and only trailed 28-26 at halftime, but could not overcome a 10-0 Wildcats run to start the second half. C.J. McGill hit a 3, A.J. Astroth scored twice off steals and Andrew Jewesak had a lay-in during the run.

Damian Dixon led Wharton with 19 points; Waymond Reed scored 16 to pace Alonso.

6A-8 boys basketball: Brandon, Wharton on course to meet in final 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 11:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. What Wilson Ramos will mean to the Rays lineup, pitching

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer was stumping for all-star votes for Corey Dickerson during a live interview Wednesday morning on the MLB Network when he lifted the right earpiece on his headset and said, "I hear a buffalo coming."

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) waves to the crowd after being presented with the Silver Slugger Award before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
  2. Jameis Winston as 2017 NFL MVP? 66-to-1 odds from Vegas

    Blogs

    Could Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston be an NFL MVP in 2017? It's certainly unlikely, but the sports book at Bovada has opening lines with Winston getting 66-to-1 odds, worse than 22 other players across the league.

    Bucs fans would be very happy if quarterback Jameis WInston can put himself into consideration for the NFL MVP award during the 2017 season.
  3. Deon Cain, Duke Dawson, Derrick Nnadi among SI's top 100 players

    Blogs

    Sports Illustrated's countdown of the top 100 players in college football continues with three more local players.

  4. The greatest coaches never to win it all

    College

    As foregone conclusions go, some things are approaching the death-and-taxes stratosphere: summer humidity in Florida, a Kardashian seeking attention, and Mike Martin coming up short in Omaha.

    Florida State coach Mike Martin walks to the mound to talk to pitcher Cole Sands during the second inning of the team's NCAA College World Series baseball game against LSU Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. [AP photo]
  5. Bucs fans ranked 25th in study of NFL teams

    Blogs

    The Bucs and their fans are ranked 25th in an Emory University study of NFL teams' "fan base and branding analysis."

    Bucs fans were on their feet for this fourth-quarter play at home against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in 2015.