ST. PETERSBURG — In a flurry reminiscent of their battle over the holiday break, in which St. Petersburg beat Boca Ciega down the stretch, the Pirates got the upper hand Friday. Kenny Smith found Bryce Mosely underneath the basket with two seconds left as Mosely hit his only shot of the game to give the Pirates a 52-50 victory.
"That's how they beat us (in the Largo tournament) and it was nice to get one back," Boca Ciega coach Randy Shuman said. "Our effort was good tonight, execution not so good. But we did the right things towards the end."
After Kevin McKellar (16 points) hit a 3-pointer with a minute left to put the Pirates up 48-46, Kelvin Powell scored on a putback layup for St. Petersburg. Boca Ciega then held the ball until Myron Dempsey (18 points) was fouled with 19 seconds left. Dempsey hit both free throws to put the Pirates ahead again.
On St. Petersburg's next possession, Allen Wilson hit a layup with seven seconds left to tie the game.
"They took care of the basketball at the end and they took advantage of it," St. Petersburg coach Chris Blackwell said. "We played two halves tonight. In the first half they dictated things, and in the second half we played basketball the way we know how to."
At the start, Boca Ciega, without injured starters Julius Forte and Richard Prince, looked as if it would run away with a win. At one point in the first quarter the Pirates led 11-0 and ended the quarter ahead 15-2.
But the Green Devils fought back, taking their first lead in the third quarter on a layup by Anthony Carter. The teams traded leads several times before the final sequence.
Gabriel Moton led the Green Devils with 15 points.