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Bayshore advances, but Bloomingdale falls

Bayshore Christian blew out Bradenton Christian 74-43 Friday in a semifinal of the Class B, Region III tournament at Pinellas Park High.

The Faith Warriors used runs of 14-0 and 16-4 in the first half to gain quick control of the game.

Bayshore (30-5 and ranked No.

3 in the state) will meet Fort Myers Canterbury (15-16), a 79-66 winner over Lakeland Christian, for the region title at 7:30 tonight in Pinellas Park.

Bradenton Christian finished its season with a 17-9 record while Lakeland Christian ended at 14-13.

Bayshore was led by 6-foot-6 Johnathan Johnson in scoring with 21 points while 6-6 Jonathan Fielder and 6-9 Tavares White contributed 19 and 15 points respectively. The big lineup enabled Bayshore to control the game with steals, rebounds and intimidation, and build a 38-15 halftime margin.

Bayshore shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half while the Panthers were a cold 7-of-21.

Canterbury got 26 points from Ryan Raufus, helped by a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Seventeen of his points came in the second half as the Cougars moved from a 37-34 lead to a 55-45 margin at the end of the third quarter.

In its first period surge, Bayshore went from a 2-2 tie to a 16-2 lead in a 5-minute span. Johnson got eight of the Bayshore points during that period while Fielder added four more. At the end of the first quarter it was 18-9 in favor of Bayshore.

The Faith Warriors continued their roll in the second period, building a margin of 30-11 in the first six minutes while Bradenton Christian could only get one field goal.

All five of Bayshore's losses were to larger schools, including two to Class 2A Berkeley Prep and one to St. Petersburg Catholic.

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