Freshman negates Seffner's rally
BRADENTON — The biggest game of the season had moved into the fourth quarter, and senior Daniel Magley had just picked up his fourth foul.
One thought ran through Austin Walker's mind: "I've got to take over."
Strong words from a freshman. Fortunately for Bradenton Christian, Walker's game was stronger. The point guard scored 13 fourth-quarter points and piloted the Panthers to a 73-62 win over Seffner Christian in Tuesday's Class A region semifinal.
With BCS (19-11) up 60-57 with just less than four minutes left in the game, Walker got into a well-timed groove. He buried a 3-pointer at the 2:20 mark after the Crusaders (13-14), who lost to BCS four times this season, had trimmed their deficit to one on a basket by Andrew Swartz with roughly three minutes left.
Then Walker added two layups roughly 20 seconds apart to give the hosts a 67-59 lead with 1:39 remaining. Walker, who finished with 26 points, said he has enjoyed similar hot streaks before.