LARGO — For most of the game Tuesday, Largo coach Phil Price kept pushing his guards to take more 3-point shots.
In the fourth quarter, the Packers finally decided to let loose from beyond the arc, shooting, backpedaling and smiling. Led by a barrage of jump shots, Largo broke open a close game to beat district rival Boca Ciega 72-62.
"We finally started to get hot and knock down some shots at the end," Price said.
In the first half, the Packers had a nine-point lead, then watched it evaporate. By the fourth quarter, the teams were tied at 46 and exchanged baskets for a few minutes.
Then Largo started getting comfortable shooting from a distance. Kevin McKellar stepped back and hit a 3-pointer. Justin Feliciano followed with a pair of 3-pointers. McKellar followed with another from long range.
The outside game fueled a 13-3 run. From there, the Packers (6-0) went from the perimeter to the paint, feeding the ball inside to Breon Bostick, who was a force underneath the basket in the closing minutes.
"Once we started making shots from the outside, that opened things for me on the inside," Bostick said. "We're pretty hot right now, and anyone can lead us in scoring on any given night. That's because we're not playing with a lot of selfishness."
Bostick led all scorers with 27 points and 21 rebounds.
"We started off hot, then for a while we were dead men walking and allowed Boca Ciega to get back into the game," Price said. "We were able to get some things going at the end and Breon really stepped up."
The Pirates (6-2), who opened the season with five straight victories, have lost two of their past three. Kenny Smith and Norman Williams each had 15 points to lead Boca Ciega.