Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Region boys basketball: Tampa Catholic 64, Community School of Naples 60

NAPLES — Tampa Catholic moved closer to another state final four Tuesday night.

Led by Tai Strickland, the Crusaders posted a 64-60 victory over Community School of Naples in a Class 5A region semifinal. Strickland scored 25 points after a relatively quiet first quarter of only two.

The Crusaders (23-5) will host West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy Friday night.

"Sometimes, when you're not playing your best, you have to just grind it out," Tampa Catholic coach Don Dziagwa said. "Community School played us tough, because they took us out of our game. But our defense was good, and we got some steals when we needed them."

Tim Carter, the Crusaders' second-leading scorer with 13 points, was of particular help with three 3-pointers in the third quarter.

"We still have a lot of guys who went to the final four last year," Dziagwa said. "It's our goal to get back there, and anything less would be disappointing. We are lucky in that we play at home Friday night… not that it makes a difference in how we play."

Cooper Weiss led Community School (23-6) with 17 points.

"We just got worn down late in the game and had some things that hurt us," said Community School coach Greg Donahue. "We turned it over six times in that fourth quarter, and missed some free throws and layups."

Tampa Catholic led 14-13 after one quarter, and it remained close almost the entire game.

Trent Buttrick's second 3-pointer of the second frame staked the Seahawks to a 33-29 lead late in the half, but Messiah Turner responded with his own driving layup to make it 33-31 at the break.

The Crusaders finally took a lead in the third quarter and had control of the game for a while. Carter made a 3-pointer to cut Community School's lead to 41-40, and after and steal and layup on the ensuing possession by Alijah Harrison, Tampa Catholic led 42-41.

The Crusaders' lead grew to five at 51-46 at the end of three after Strickland's 3-pointer.

Then the Seahawks began the final quarter with a 10-2 run.

With the score tied at 60-60 with 2:42 remaining in the contest, the Crusaders made consecutive stops on the CSN end of the floor, and layups by Strickland and Kevin Knox put the Crusaders ahead 64-60 with 1:35 left.

Tampa Catholic then effectively burned off a minute, and when Knox intercepted Coop Weiss' pass with 35 seconds left, the Crusaders wrapped it up.

Region boys basketball: Tampa Catholic 64, Community School of Naples 60 02/21/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Playoff ambitions evident in opener for Zephyrhills, Wiregrass Ranch

    Footballpreps

    WESLEY CHAPEL — A new football season in Pasco County begins Friday night, but this one promises to be like none before it — with more math than ever. A new playoff system emphasizes schedule strength, making non-district tilts particularly important.

    Wiregrass Ranch wide receiver Jordan Miner catches a pass in spring practice at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel on Monday, May 1, 2017.
  2. Dirk Koetter says Bucs used team meeting to discuss social issues

    Bucs

    Four days before their preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns, which had 12 players not stand for the national anthem prior to their last game, the Bucs used their team meeting to discuss social issues that might have led to that demonstration, coach Dirk Koetter said.

    "The main thing is we have to respect everybody's opinion," Dirk Koetter said, "because everybody is not going to agree." [AP photo]
  3. Rookie tight end Antony Auclair making case to stick with Bucs

    Bucs

    Don't let his modest preseason stats fool you: Antony Auclair, the undrafted rookie tight end from Canada is making a strong case to stick around on the Bucs' 53-man roster this season.

    Bucs tight end Antony Auclair (82) collides with a defender following a catch during training camp. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Calm (Largo) and clamorous (St. Petersburg) converge Friday night

    Footballpreps

    If Largo and St. Petersburg high schools are going to be successful this football season, it will be because of defense. And if those defenses are going to be successful, it will be because of secondaries that are potentially the best in Pinellas County.

    St. Petersburg High School CB Anthony Johnson  practices with his team Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
  5. Rays morning after: Secret to Alex Colome's success is staying cool, calm, collected

    Blogs

    The ninth inning couldn't have started much worse for Rays closer Alex Colome on Tuesday, who took over with a 6-4 lead and quickly allowed a single and a double to bring the tying run to the plate.

    Alex Colome said the key to his effectiveness is not altering anything, especially his locked-in focus on getting the final outs.