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Fast start boosts Green Devils

St. Petersburg controlled the pace from tip-off to buzzer, earning a 63-56 win over Seminole on Wednesday night.

But had it not been for Seminole senior Devin Collins' 37-point eruption, the Green Devils would have had their second blowout in as many nights.

St. Petersburg (11-4) dispatched Dixie Hollins 68-31 Tuesday night and the Warhawks' slow start Wednesday had them in prime position to be the next victim. It took almost four minutes for Seminole (5-11) to get its first field goal.

"The only thing I can say is that whenever a team struggles early in the half or early in the game, a lot of that is mental preparation," Seminole coach Bill Barnett said.

Collins finally ended the drought with the first of his seven 3-pointers to make the score 13-3. The Warhawks shot 33 percent (4-12) from the floor in the first quarter, while the Green Devils made 73 percent (8-11) of their attempts. Thanks to Collins, St. Petersburg's lead dwindled to 35-28 at the half.

The 5-9 guard scored 22 consecutive points, including all 17, of the Warhawks' second-quarter points.

"This is one of the finer performances not only that I've seen here at Seminole High School, but one of the better performances I've seen in years," Barnett said. "For him to come out and get a 37-point performance against a quality opponent, that speaks for itself."

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