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Boys basketball, Class 5A, District 9: Clearwater dispatches Largo with ease

EAST LAKE — Clearwater has won a few Pinellas County Athletic Association championship games.

And the Tornadoes have won their share of district titles, too.

But not until Saturday night has it ever won both in the same season.

Running wild over a Largo team that didn't look recovered from the previous night's overtime semifinal, the Tornadoes cruised to a 65-33 win to capture the Class 5A, District 9 championship.

Since 1989, when the PCAC switched to its current north-south alignment, Clearwater had won titles in 1996 and 2003, but failed to win a district title either year.

Okaro White made sure his team pulled off the double this year.

He scored early and often inside with 11 points in the first quarter as Clearwater jumped out to a 24-8 lead and coasted.

White finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks for the Tornadoes, who will host Blake in the region quarterfinals Thursday.

Clearwater (24-3) got another good performance from Regan O'Rourke, who had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists.

And Malcom Grigley, whom coach Allen Carden told before the game to take the open shot or he would be benched, started the game with a 3-pointer and made a season high four of them to finish with 12.

Largo (21-5) made 11 3-pointers in the semifinal, but just nine total shots in the title game.

The Packers shot 9-for-51 for 17 percent.

John C. Cotey can be reached at [email protected]


Boys basketball, Class 5A, District 9: Clearwater dispatches Largo with ease 02/14/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 15, 2009 12:21am]
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