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Long-range touch puts the Pirates over rival Wildcats

Bombs away is how Pasco rallied from an early deficit Thursday to beat rival Wesley Chapel 65-62.

The Pirates (2-2) trailed by seven at the end of the first quarter with the Wildcats (2-2) controlling the tempo and threatening to run away. But a flurry of 3-point shots got Pasco and its fans back in the game.

Zach Caparaso hit back-to-back 3s in the last minute of the second quarter to cut Wesley Chapel's lead to 32-31. At the start of the third, Caparaso hit another 3 before Demetrious Larry drained two straight for a 37-32 lead.

"That kind of got us going," Pasco coach Poncho Broner said. "Those two shots at the end of the half were big."

Both teams relied on shots from beyond the arc, combining for 19 3-pointers (10 by Wesley Chapel). But the go-ahead basket came on Jobie's Elliot's layup to give the Pirates a 56-54 lead.

Larry, who had a game-high 18 points, rebounded and scored on Marquis Dixon's missed free throw for an insurmountable 58-54 lead.

Ladarius Manora led three Wildcats in double figures with 17 points. Greg Jenkins added 14 and Jamal Hall 12.