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Chiefs oust No. 1 Largo

Largo, Pinellas Park or Madison Square Garden. No matter the gym, a team can't turn the ball over twice in the final 10 seconds and expect to win.

While Largo's inability to convert in the final seconds may not end the debate back home over whether the Packers should have had to play Saturday's game in a neutral setting, perhaps it should.

A 56-55 loss to Chamberlain at Pinellas Park ended the Packers' season, sending the Chiefs to their first state semifinal since 1990.

The loss snapped a 20-game win streak for the Packers, who were ranked No. 1 in the last state poll.

"I thought we battled and battled, but down the stretch we made more mistakes," coach Phil Price said.

Largo (26-3) had the ball and the 55-54 lead with 48 seconds left when Mike Helm slipped on the court as the Packers were trying to run some clock.

The Chiefs (27-3) weren't exactly perfect down the stretch either, but Mo Lightburn's putback with 21 seconds left after a mad scramble near the basket gave them the lead for good.

Largo had a few chances to win but couldn't even get a shot off. Trailing 56-55, the Packers called a timeout with 13 seconds left. But they failed to execute a play and turned the ball over with seven seconds left.

"We drew up a play and they didn't run it," Price said. "I don't know what happened. But we had guys on the wrong side of the court, everything was wrong."

Out of desperation, Largo had to foul Chamberlain's leading scorer, James Devlin, with five seconds remaining.

But Devlin, who scored only one point after a first-quarter shooting spree, missed both free throws. With a foul to give, the Chiefs immediately committed their sixth team foul with three seconds left.

Largo inbounded the ball to Charlie Lytle at halfcourt. Lytle quickly turned around and fired a pass over the head of Mike Helm and into the stands.

"The difference in the game was we made the last basket," Chamberlain coach Doug Aplin said. "If they would have scored the last basket, they would have won."

Lytle scored 16 for Largo, and Helm added 14, but they were the only consistent scoring threats the Packers had as they missed nine of their last 10 3-point tries.

And while they shut down Devlin, they could not contain Chamberlain's Kylan Robinson, who is headed for Miami on a football scholarship and battered the Packers in the paint.

Robinson missed all five of his shots in the first half, but scored 19 of Chamberlain's 31 points in the second on a variety of leaners and floaters.

Brandon Jefferson scored all but five of the rest of the points.

"He knocked us around tonight," Price said of Robinson. "No. 30 was the MVP tonight for sure."

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