Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Boys basketball, Class 5A, District 11: Boca Ciega tops Lakewood in overtime

ST. PETERSBURG — Success in Boca Ciega's rivalry with Lakewood is often deemed in the same light as snarled traffic with starts and stops and spurts. The Pirates are able to keep pace and make a run. But they usually fall short.

This time, though, Boca Ciega (21-6) showed enough grit and resolve, posting a 72-69 overtime victory Saturday in the Class 5A, District 11 final. It was the Pirates' biggest win of the season — and their first against Lakewood (22-5) in more than five seasons.

"I'm just proud of the way the guys were able to keep battling and find a way to break that streak," Boca Ciega coach Randy Shuman said.

The game was close the whole second half. In the final nine seconds of regulation, the Spartans' Dominic Lane grabbed a loose ball and hit a field goal that tied it at 63 and forced overtime.

The pivotal moment in overtime came when Myron Dempsey drove hard to the basket, made a layup and was intentionally fouled with seven seconds left.

Dempsey missed his free throw, but teammate Julius Forte was fouled and made both free throws to seal the win.

"I just knew I had to go real strong at the end and try to make a basket," Dempsey said. "This was big for us. Hopefully, it's just the beginning."

Boca Ciega72


Boys basketball, Class 5A, District 11: Boca Ciega tops Lakewood in overtime 02/15/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 15, 2009 12:15am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Chris Archer's primary problem Sunday, as in much of September, was a lack of slider command. When he can't throw it where he wants, and doesn't have the confidence in the changeup to throw it often, he can't win with just his fastball.

  2. Somehow, Rays' Chris Archer remains just shy of being an ace

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Chris Archer had another bad game Sunday.

    Chris Archer is sputtering to the finish line, his rough start on Sunday his fourth in his past five in which he hasn’t gotten past four innings.
  3. High school senior Chasten Whitfield inspires young anglers


    MADEIRA BEACH — The kids lined up single file, snow cones in hand, a procession of sweaty, excited grade-schoolers watching Chasten Whitfield throw a cast net.

    Whitfield, a rising senior at Bradenton Manatee, demonstrates how to throw a cast net at the FishKids tournament in Madeira Beach. She also taught knot tying.
  4. Wreck helps Kyle Busch take control of Monster Cup's ISM 300

    Auto racing

    LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch saw little but billowing white smoke that engulfed the track and blinded enough drivers that it caused a tremendous wreck that notably altered the race running order.

    Kyle Busch celebrates with a burnout after his third victory of th e season that earns a berth in the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. He also has some fun with Loudon the Lobster.
  5. Why Jake Dotchin hasn't played this preseason


    Turns out, there's a reason why Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin hasn't played at all in the first four preseason games.