CLEARWATER — Largo uses six players in its rotation and is used to spreading the ball around. In a battle of Pinellas County unbeatens Friday, four Packers scored in double figures to pound Countryside 73-51.
"We have four or five guys who can score any given night," Packers coach Phil Price said. "The kids were showing me the paper today and were very hyped up. We always hope for that effort."
Largo jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Cougars fought back in the second behind the offense of Dino Tabakovic to close the gap to 30-26 at halftime.
"We shortened the game in the first half and were only down by four," Countryside coach Myron Huey said. "I didn't like the body language I saw and I hoped I was wrong."
In the third quarter the Packers turned up the defensive pressure and even though they outscored the Cougars 18-11, they weren't able to pull away. Andrew Sheldon nailed a clutch 3-pointer and Kyle Kinnear turned into a force down low to help Tabakovic.
"We made about 10 bonehead turnovers," Price said. "There are some passes you don't need to try to make, and they need to play smarter."
Darron McNeil and Adarius Rayner helped the Packers shut the door in the fourth quarter. McNeil and Kevin McKellar repeatedly broke down the Cougar defense to find Rayner and Breon Bostick for easy layups.
"We have a good team connection," said Patrick Kearney, who led the Packers with 17 points and six rebounds. "We are aware of what the other guys are doing and pick up one another's slack."
Bostick scored 12 and pulled down eight rebounds for the Packers. McNeil scored 15 and had four assists. Rayner scored 12 while McKellar added nine points and five assists.
"They're a really good team and they played harder than we did tonight," Huey said. "They deserve to be No. 1 or 2 in the county."
Tabakovic led all scorers with 22 and Kinnear chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and seven blocks.