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Gibbs' long-range shooting helps hold off Largo

LARGO — At the start of Friday's game, Largo was in a zone. So were Gibbs' sharpshooters Charlie Brooks and Ke'Owen Walker.

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Making quick darts to shake a defender, Brooks and Walker constantly released rainbows from beyond the arc that swished through the net.

The two dented the Packers' zone for a combined 11 3-pointers, including some what-the-heck heaves from NBA range.

The Gladiators' long-range shooting helped them pull out a 78-74 overtime victory. All Gibbs (14-5) needs is a win over Boca Ciega on Tuesday to wrap up the No. 1 seed in Class 5A, District 12.

"Largo came out in a zone to keep the score down," Gibbs coach Chad Johnson said. "So we just sat back and shot from the outside."

Brooks, who had a team-high 33 points, hit five 3-pointers. Walker scored 26, including six 3s.

"Gibbs was making unbelievable shots," Packers coach Phil Price said. "They got hot early on and we felt like we had to weather that. Then they got hot again."

The Gladiators' perimeter game was needed to offset the performance of Largo's Breon Bostic, who was dominant around the basket. Bostic scored a team-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Packers (16-4).

But it was a drive to the basket, not an outside shot, that kept Gibbs alive in the final minutes of regulation. Trailing 67-65, Brooks twisted and turned before lofting up a shot that banked in with 4.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

"I was kind out of control, but I was able to knock that shot down when we needed it," Brooks said. "We knew we could win. We just had to trust each other."

In overtime, Gibbs jumped out quick and never relinquished its lead.

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