Make us your home page

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 region basketball: Lakeland too strong for St. Petersburg

LAKELAND — Wearing No. 24, Lakeland senior forward Quinton Everett did his best Kobe Bryant imitation in the Dreadnaughts' 76-58 victory over St. Petersburg in a 6A region quarterfinal.

Everett scored the first eight points for Lakeland (23-3), had 13 points at the end of the first quarter and 24 by halftime.

Everett was 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the first half on his way to a game-high 30 points.

"We couldn't stop him," St. Petersburg coach Chris Blackwell said. "We thought we could contain him, but he had the game of his life. He shot the ball well. Big-time players make big plays, and he made big plays tonight."

Behind Everett, Lakeland raced out to a 12-3 lead early, forcing St. Petersburg (21-6) to play from behind all night. The Green Devils cut the lead to five late in the first, but Lakeland immediately went on a 13-2 run to go ahead by 16. The Dreadnaughts led 40-25 at halftime.

"Their defense really suffocated us in the beginning, and we didn't get good movement off the basketball," Blackwell said. "We kind of rushed some shots, too."

Lakeland held a 35-28 rebound advantage and turned many offensive rebounds into second-chance points.

"I thought the game was decided on the boards," Blackwell said. "…I felt we did a little more looking tonight than attacking the basket."

Eight straight points early in the third quarter from St. Petersburg guard Gabriel Moton, who finished with a double double (17 points, 10 rebounds), brought the Green Devils within nine points. Lakeland, though, scored 12 of the next 14 points, and St. Petersburg was never within single digits of the lead the rest of the game.

Besides Moton, senior forward Anthony Carter had 13 points for St. Petersburg and junior guard Allen Wilson finished with nine.

St. Petersburg58

6A region basketball: Lakeland too strong for St. Petersburg 02/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help


    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play


    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.