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Oldsmar topples big rival

Oldsmar Christian celebrated its highest state ranking in school history by dismantling Tampa Bayshore Christian Tuesday night in a Class A, District 7 game.

The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the latest poll, didn't play their best game but didn't need to against the overmatched Faith Warriors, who only suited up eight players.

The game was a renewal of a rivalry that heated up last season when Bayshore reported Oldsmar Christian to the Florida High School Activities Association for using ineligible players. The FHSAA banned the Eagles from postseason.

Perhaps as a message to Bayshore Christian, the Eagles kept most of their starters in to the finish despite a 23-point lead to start the fourth quarter.

One player who wasn't at Oldsmar Christian last season keyed the rout. Forward Daniel Minaya, a transfer from Brandon, scored inside at will and also showed deft outside touch with a pair of 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 41 points.

The 6-foot-6 Minaya also had more than a dozen rebounds and controlled the middle all game.

"He's the real deal," Oldsmar Christian assistant Ryan Pannone said. "And he's only a sophomore. Just wait 'til he's a senior. He's going to be something special."

Oldsmar led 13-7 late in the first quarter when Minaya hit a 3-pointer, then he scored a minute later inside on a pass from Trevor Ferguson. His three-point play to start the second stretched the lead to 21-7.

Desmond Bratton did his best to keep Bayshore close, hitting a 3-pointer to pull the Faith Warriors within 34-23 near the end of the first half. But they had no one to stop Minaya as he scored 12 of Oldsmar Christian's first 14 points in the third quarter to push the lead to 17.

Ferguson finished with 22 points for Oldsmar Christian, while Bratton scored 21 to pace the Faith Warriors.