ST. PETERSBURG — The Keswick Suncoast Classic is wall to wall basketball. After two 12-hour days the finals are set: The Keswick Christian girls, 52-27 winners over Mount Dora Bible, will host St. Thomas More, a 47-19 winner over St. Mary's.
The Clearwater Central Catholic boys, which won 71-55 over Crystal River, will face Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson, a 60-51 winner over Lake Wales.
CCC jumped on Pirates in the first quarter. After allowing Travaughn Brooks of Crystal River to break their press for easy baskets, the Marauders put the clamps down on defense. They forced nine turnovers and rode the offense of Max Eaton and Colby Robinson to take an 18-13 advantage.
"We were patient and executed on offense," CCC coach Rick Coia said. "We were able to handle the pressure they put on the ball."
After breaking even in the second quarter, the Marauders exploded for 21 third-quarter points behind the scoring of Nick Ramos and the rebounding of Brett Lawton to take a 52-39 lead heading into the fourth.
Crystal River made an early push in the fourth quarter with Brooks hitting a key trey and Luis Rivera routinely breaking pressure, but Robinson and Ramos were a combined 13-of-15 from the free-throw line to put the game away.
The Crusaders were comfortable at home as Tori Hale scored 18, pulled down seven rebounds and had 11 steals. Alexa Dietz also scored in double figures with 10.
"Tori and Cassie (Foster) bring a lot of confidence," Crusaders coach Karrmayne King said. "They are now showing confidence in their teammates and it's building in a cycle."