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)

Shorecrest changes tempo then changes its luck

ST. PETERSBURG — Plenty of Pinellas boys basketball teams that have gone through remarkable transformations this season.

Gibbs is in the playoffs for just the fifth time in the past 20 seasons and won its first district title since 1994. East Lake, which graduated the majority of its starters, is in the playoffs for the third time in school history and the first since 2000.

But no county team's turnaround has been as swift — and surprising — as Shorecrest's.

The Chargers were 3-7 in December when coach Brian Marchetti stepped down. Darryl Blume, the junior varsity coach, took his place. He decided to scrap the methodical halfcourt game in favor of a running style.

The result: The Chargers have won 11 of their past 12, including a come-from-behind, overtime victory over nemesis Admiral Farragut that secured their first district title since 1994.

"We really got the kids to adjust to new roles in what we're trying to do," Blume said. "The transition has gone well and they are now buying into the team concept."

Before, the Chargers tried to slow things down to keep the score close at the end of games. Now, they are speeding things up and averaging 20 more points per game.

Mike Milov, the point guard, has directed the offense with aplomb. His ability to get the ball to outside scoring threats Ricky Quiroz and Luke Blume has been key.

In the district final, Blume and Quiroz combined for 13 3-pointers to help Shorecrest rally and send the game into overtime.

"We've had some really bad losses to Farragut in the past," Blume said. "We played them close in the regular season and that has everyone believing."

Shorecrest changes tempo then changes its luck 02/17/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: 5 mistakes that led to loss to Blue Jays

    Blogs

    We've already documented elsewhere what the Rays didn't do, how they failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity to win Wednesday's game, getting just one run after loading the bases in the seventh with one out and three of …

    Jake Faria make too many mistakes, the failure to execute costing him repeatedly.
  2. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    You wonder if the scouting reports and/or workload are catching up to rookie RHP Jake Faria. The bottom line wasn't bad again, three runs in 51/3 innings, but he's having to work harder to get there.

  4. Rays journal: Chris Archer eager for eventful final stretch

    The Heater

    TORONTO — RHP Chris Archer takes the mound today for the Rays as they head into the final 40 games of the season with little margin for error as they battle for an American League playoff spot.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) takes a moment on the mound in the second inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  5. Tim Tebow's slump continues, as does fan support

    Sports

    CLEARWATER — On July 29, playing against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tim Tebow smacked a mammoth three-run homer, helping the St. Lucie Mets cruise to a 10-3 victory at Charlotte Sports Park.

    St. Lucie’s Tim Tebow, shown Monday at Spectrum Field, struggled at the plate Wednesday against the Threshers.