They won the Pinellas County Athletic Conference Friday night, and now the Lakewood Spartans plan to get greedy. Lakewood beat Boca Ciega 93-76 to clinch the title, set a school record 24-1 mark, ran its win streak to 21 games and the Spartans want more.
"I think we can play better, I really do," said Lakewood coach Dan Wright, who coached the PCAC champions for the second time in three years. Boca Ciega, which lost a two-point decision to Lakewood in December, finished at 17-7, 8-6.
Wright brought a team to the state tournament in 1985 and this group, ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A state poll, looks prime for the final four.
"We have the momentum going to districts. We're shooting for state," said 6-foot-8 Rhett Janssen, who finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Janssen and his four starting teammates all finished in double figures, compared to Boca Ciega's three-player show, led by Tellas Lampley (36 points). The Spartans showed too much, starting with Anthony Brown's 20 first-half point (25 total). Brown began with outside jumpers and, as the defense came out, he drove in.
Point guard Marques Tampa scored 18.
Bayshore Christian wins
Bay Conference crown
SEMINOLE _ Derek Smith and Anddrikk Frazier combined for 46 points as Bayshore Christian routed host Keswick Christian 85-62 Friday night to win its third straight Bay Conference title.
The Faith Warriors, ranked No.
2 in the Class A state poll, forced the Crusaders into eight turnovers in the first quarter to take a 22-10 lead.
Bayshore Christian (29-1) widened its lead to 28-12 early in the second period behind baskets by Frazier and Smith. But the Crusaders (28-5) went on a 16-9 run to make it 37-28 at intermission.
Keswick's Matt Barber hit a couple of jumpers at the start of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 37-32. Bayshore's Smith and Jonathan Johnson hit baskets to make it 41-32 but Keswick responded behind Barber's three-pointer and a basket by Greg Walton to narrow the gap to 41-37.
But Bayshore went on a 12-0 spurt midway through the third quarter to take a 52-37 lead.
"There aren't too many kids that can guard Smith and Frazier at almost any level," Bayshore Christian coach Herman Valdes said.
Smith scored a game-high 27 points for Bayshore while Frazier added 19 and Johnson chipped in 18 points. Keswick was led by Barber's 17 points.
_ WAYNE McKNIGHT