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A boys basketball: Seffner runs out of steam in OT

Class A

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

A boys basketball: Seffner runs out of steam in OT 02/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 10:28pm]
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