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6A boys basketball: Wilson has right touch for Green Devils in crunch time

St. Petersburg High’s Allen Wilson puts up a shot while Brandon’s Jadon Stringfellow (42) tries to get a hand on it.

LARA CERRI | Times

St. Petersburg High’s Allen Wilson puts up a shot while Brandon’s Jadon Stringfellow (42) tries to get a hand on it.

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg guard Allen Wilson wasn't ready to see his high school career end. After watching Brandon take a 10-point lead early in the third quarter Thursday, Wilson sparked a 14-2 run and sank a big 3-pointer in the fourth as the Green Devils beat the Eagles 58-43 in a 6A region quarterfinal.

"We roll as he rolls," coach Chris Blackwell said. "He is our floor general and our spark plug."

St. Petersburg struggled early with the Eagles' zone defense but took a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"We had difficulties with the zone," Blackwell said. "We were a little impatient."

Brandon continued to confuse St. Petersburg, shutting out the Green Devils for most of the second quarter and taking a 23-17 lead at halftime. Xavier Bradley scored six for the Eagles in the quarter and Charles Johnson added four.

The Eagles came out in the third quarter and stifled St. Petersburg until Wilson took over. He forced turnovers and found Gabriel Moton and Javarius Murray for open looks.

"I bring the tempo to the team," Wilson said. "I make the team step up and bring energy."

Brandon was up to the task in the third and the score was tied at 36 going into the final quarter.

Wilson hit a 3 to start the quarter and the Green Devils never looked back. They pressured and wore down the Eagles and outscored them 22-7 in the quarter.

"I don't think we were worn down," Eagles coach Allie Turley. "We were expecting that and knew they'd run a lot of guys in and out."

Moton finished with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Murray added 15 points and five rebounds and Wilson chipped in 14 points.

Xavier Bradley scored 12 for the Eagles, Charles Johnson added nine and Travis Green had eight.

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6A boys basketball: Wilson has right touch for Green Devils in crunch time 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:09pm]
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