Class a Seffner Chr. bounced by buzzer-beater
SEFFNER — Josie Balentine's buzzer-beater clinched Lake Wales Vanguard's upset over Seffner Christian on Thursday in the Class A region quarterfinal 75-74.
The beginning of the game wasn't between the Crusaders and Panthers as much as it was a duel between Seffner's Devin Paularinne and Vanguard's Andrew Kronsbein.
Kronsbein made three 3-pointers to start a 13-5 run. Seffner's Austin Parimore generated offense through aggressive defense that led to a one-point lead at the end of one quarter.
Vanguard tied the game midway through the third and pushed ahead to open the fourth.
Balentine made 9-of-11 free throws down the stretch, including one that tied the game at 73 with six seconds left. After Parimore hit one of two from the line, Balentine went coast-to-coast as the buzzer sounded.
Peter Pupello, Times correspondent