Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Sports

Boys basketball: Armwood reaches Wild Wings final

TAMPA — For Armwood coach Jeff Pafunda, the drama is becoming commonplace.

"I'm going to start calling this bunch the heart attack kids," Pafunda said, "because I think they are determined to give me a heart attack."

Armwood held off a fourth-quarter Clearwater rally and pulled away late to win 65-57 and reach today's final of the Buffalo Wild Wings Holiday Classic at Alonso High.

"It's always good to face different competition we don't usually see," said Armwood's Kieran Smith, who had a game-high 17 points. "It's an opportunity to see different talent. It's a blessing really."

The Hawks, who won the tournament last season, got key contributions from their bench. They were needed because Devante Myles missed most of the fourth quarter with foul trouble before picking up his fifth with 1:41 to play.

"They were absolutely the key," Pafunda said. "We've won all eight games this season by a total of 36 points. Someone just keeps coming up big off the bench every game."

Thomas Thornley led the reserves with 10 points while Kenny Jones and Jonah Johnson each scored six during the fourth quarter.

"Our bench came up big just like (Thursday's 53-50 win against Alonso)," Pafunda said. "It's unbelievable how it keeps happening."

Ryan Ierna's tip-in for the Tornadoes cut the Hawks' lead to 59-57 with 54 seconds to play. But Johnson's low-post dish to Thornley on Armwood's next possession extended the lead to four. Clearwater then turned the ball over, and Armwood scored the game's next four points to close it out.

Javone King and Myles had 10 points apiece for the Hawks while Ierna had 11 and Rasim Avmet 10 for the Tornadoes.

Armwood faces Bloomingdale, a 80-72 winner against Robinson, in today's final at 5:30 p.m.

The Bulls trailed by one at halftime but pulled away in the second half. They were led by Jake Baer's game-high 20 points. George Brammeier added 17 for the Bulls while Robinson was paced by Cody Brown's 19.

Alonso faces Wesley Chapel at 2 p.m. in the fifth-place game followed by Clearwater and Robinson at 3:45.

Comments
Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is preparing for the NFL to suspend him for as many as three games after the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, according to a Tallahassee radio show host.Jeff Ca...
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman and the coac...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together.

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together.

HOUSTON — The Rays saw a lot on the weeklong trip that ended with Wednesday's game against that Astros, beyond the street hustlers prowling in Times Square and the urban cowboys and girls parading through H-town.There was an impressive debuting...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

UPDATE, 6:43: Cash said the key to how the pieced the lineup together was the opportunity to give Cron (who is struggling) and Duffy (who is doing well) back to back days off. … Looking ahead to the weekend, the Rays will use RHP Ryne Stanek as...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Growing up, Kevin Knox II watched videos or listened to motivational tapes during car rides to and from school so he could learn how to expand upon answers in interviews.That was all by design.His father, Kevin Knox Sr., knew about the spotlight as a...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning will announce their full 2018-19 schedule on Thursday, but the league announced each home opener Wednesday, with Tampa Bay playing host to the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6.The Lightning will know their ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Florida State will host Florida Gators to open this basketball season

Florida State will host Florida Gators to open this basketball season

For the first time in almost two decades, Florida and Florida State will open the men's basketball season against each other.The Seminoles will host UF on Nov. 6, both programs announced Wednesday morning. FSU has won four in a row in the series."Any...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Times sports columnist Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss Kevin Kiermaier's return to the Rays, whether Victor Hedman should win the Norris Trophy for the NHL's best defenseman, Bucs expectations for this season and Barry Trotz's next c...
Published: 06/20/18