LAND O'LAKES — From the opening tipoff until the final seconds ticked off the running clock, Land O'Lakes dominated Central on Friday in a 62-29 romp.
"We came out with a lot of energy right off the start and we played really well defensively," Gators coach David Puhalski. "I was really happy with the effort all around with the team tonight."
The effort came from the up-tempo Land O'Lakes squad, which forced 24 turnovers and outrebounded the Bears 40-15.
In the second quarter, Land O'Lakes set the tone when small forward Kevin Burnell drove down the heart of the Central defense and threw down a ferocious one-handed slam to give the Gators a 36-10 lead with 5:27 left before halftime.
Burnell led the Gators in scoring with 13 points and added five rebounds.
Land O'Lakes (3-0) moved the ball effectively as nine players scored. The defense was just as effective, forcing the Bears into 24 turnovers, including 19 by halftime.
"We got off to a great start and never let up," Gators power forward Mike Cardwell, who led the team in rebounding with eight.
There were few bright spots for a Central (2-2) team that was coming off a tough 66-59 defeat to Wesley Chapel on Tuesday.
Bears forward Darryn Frazier was held well below his 22.7-point average, as the Gators tried to double-team and swarm him all game. Frazier led Central in scoring with 15 of its 29 points.