Crusaders run out of steam in overtime
SEFFNER — Bradenton Christian needed overtime to prevent host Seffner Christian from pulling off another upset in Tuesday night's Class A region semifinal.
The Crusaders had defeated the state's third-ranked Panthers in a district final but came up short this time, falling 58-55 in overtime.
Jonathan Negrin gave the Panthers three-point leads twice in overtime, the first on a 3-point shot and again on a pair of free throws. Steven Cunningham hit a layup after twice rebounding his own misses under the basket to cut Seffner Christian's deficit to 56-55, but the home team never got closer.
The Crusaders (16-9) trailed by five at halftime and by the same margin heading into the final quarter. They outscored the Panthers (25-4) 16-11 in the fourth to force overtime.
"That's the most disciplined team we've ever faced," Bradenton Christian coach David Magley said.
Seffner Christian's Devin Paularinne scored a game-high 17 with teammates Cunningham and Steven Bush contributing 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Steve Lee, Times correspondent