Sunday, March 18, 2018

Marco Behori leads Eckerd to Sunshine State title

Marco Behori led Seminole in scoring as a junior and senior, finished his career with more than 1,000 points and helped the program reach the postseason all four years.

Those numbers were impressive, but they were not enough to get the attention of big-time colleges.

They were more fixated on Behori's height.

The 5-foot-11 guard never landed a Division I-A scholarship. He had offers from Division II schools such as Lynn and Tampa.

Ultimately, he decided on Eckerd. It has turned out to be a good choice.

This past weekend, Behori had the best performance in his three seasons with the Tritons. He scored 18 points in the semifinal and final of the Sunshine State Conference tournament, helping Eckerd win its fifth title overall, tied for second-most in conference history.

Behori, a junior, was named tournament MVP.

"It means more to me to win the tournament," Behori said. "I couldn't win MVP without my teammates putting me in positions to be successful. Overall, it's a great feeling."

As a freshman, Behori played as a reserve. Last season, he became the team's sixth, coming the bench to provide a spark.

Now, he has a starring role.

Behori is averaging 8.6 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in each of the past four games, and 18 points in the conference semifinals and final were both season highs.

But scoring is only part of his game. In the SSC title game, Behori also had seven rebounds, six steals and five assists.

"To be honest, at the beginning of the year I was hesitant (as a scorer)," Behori said. "As the year went on my teammates gave me confidence. I always knew I had the ability, it came down to taking advantage of my opportunities."


Leopard Slam: Final inning, two outs and Sunlake finds a way

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Published: 03/18/18

High school scoreboard for March 16

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Published: 03/16/18
King edges Alonso for first Saladino title since 1992

King edges Alonso for first Saladino title since 1992

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Published: 03/16/18

Leopard Slam highlights: Bloomingdale’s Alexys Lawson dominant in return

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Published: 03/16/18

High school scoreboard for March 15

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Published: 03/15/18

Baseball: Tristan Morton comes through in sixth for Dunedin

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Published: 03/15/18

Saladino Tournament: Alonso cruises, King needs extra innings to advance to semifinals

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Published: 03/15/18
Saladino Touranment: Sickles, Plant advance from early quarterfinals

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Published: 03/15/18
Pinellas all-star boys basketball game Friday night

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Published: 03/15/18

East Lake’s Nikki Steiniger comes through in the clutch

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Published: 03/15/18