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A region basketball: Bradenton Christian 73, Seffner Christian 62

Class A

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.

The Herald

A region basketball: Bradenton Christian 73, Seffner Christian 62 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:13pm]
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