Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Largo tops Lakewood for PCAC crown

ST. PETERSBURG — It was a good night for Largo with one minor exception.

The Packers' newly won PCAC trophy broke while the team took pictures with it. All coach Phil Price could do was shake his head and smile.

"We'll fix it I guess," Price said. "It's about the only thing that went wrong tonight."

Largo pressed, smothered and frustrated Lakewood on Friday behind a stifling defense and a balanced scoring attack, winning 60-43 at the Gibbs campus of St. Pete College.

"It was a tough, physical game and the referees really let them bang on the inside, but they were consistent about it," Price said. "And it was a good thing for our guys because they showed they were up for the challenge."

Brandon Jones scored 20 points and Myles Kearse added 10 to lead the Packers. Both Dakari Allen and Curtis Reed finished with eight points.

"It's a much different team this year because we've got so many guys that can score and we can move the ball around with confidence," Price said.

The Packers came out of the gate with a 10-0 run to take a 11-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Lakewood kept the game within reach, trailing 26-18 at halftime. But a strong start to the third quarter had the Packers extending their lead to 37-21 after Jones hit 1-of-2 from the line.

The Spartans got no closer than 37-25 and a jumper by Donavan Hale at the end of the quarter gave the Packers a 41-25 advantage.

Lakewood's frustration was evident midway through the fourth when Jacobi Boykins missed back-to-back dunks while Jones converted with a two-handed slam of his own on the other end to give Largo a 52-31 lead before both coaches started clearing their benches.

"We're playing tough right now and we've got good chemistry on this team," Jones said.

Boykins finished with 20 points for Lakewood while Anthony Lawrence Jr. added 12.

Boys basketball: Largo tops Lakewood for PCAC crown 02/01/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:06am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  2. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh

    Soccer

    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  3. LSU's Paul Mainieri defends FSU's Mike Martin; Gators play Friday

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged.

    MADE IT: Josh Watson beats the tag of Louisville catcher Colby Fitch during TCU’s 4-3 win in the College World Series.
  4. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.