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PHCC nabs long-range record

Pasco Hernando Community College shooters didn't need to get close to the basket Saturday.

Long-range shots suited them just fine.

The Conquistadors set a single-game school record with 17 3-pointers, none bigger than Stanley Pringle's with two seconds left in a 96-93 overtime win over Seminole CC at Sanford.

That shot came after PHCC's Quintez Thomas took a defensive charge with seven seconds left and the score knotted at 93.

"It was nip-and-tuck the whole ball game," PHCC coach Bobby Bowman said. "We tried to clear the floor for (Pringle) to go low and they were in a zone, so he stepped back and shot it.

"He's got a lot of confidence."

Pringle, PHCC's scoring leader and second in the state with a 23.6 average, had a team-high 37 points and seven 3s against Seminole. Thomas (25 points) added six 3s and James Devlin (18) four.

That topped the 14 3-pointers PHCC made in a 1993 game that saw Fred Brown drain 10.

PHCC (11-2) moved up one spot in the Florida Community College Athletic Association coaches poll to fourth despite its second loss of the season last week. The Conquistadors followed an 85-75 loss to Indian River on Nov. 29 with Friday's 91-81 defeat of IMG Academy before Saturday's win.

In Friday's game, Trevor Lee had a team-high 19 points, Mike Ford scored 18 with 18 rebounds, and Devlin had 16.

"I think the kids responded pretty good," Bowman said of the team's two wins following a loss. "I think we're making progress."

Heading into Tuesday's home game against Dan Wright AAU, only Chipola, the state's top-ranked team at 11-0, had as many wins as PHCC.

TWO-TIMER: For the second straight season, Saint Leo soccer standout Asmir Pervan made the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association first team.

The senior striker, also named a Sunshine State Conference first-teamer for the second straight season, led the Lions in goals (12) and points (27).

Pervan ranks third on the school's career goals (44) and points (101) lists. He had career-highs of 22 goals and 51 points as a junior, leading Saint Leo to the only SSC title in school history.

"I think what he did last year was very hard to repeat, but I think what he did this year was incredible," Saint Leo coach Joel Harrison said.

Leg injuries sidelined Pervan for four games this season and he did skip practices while playing in games for the final month.

Steve Lee can be reached at lee@sptimes.com or (352) 521-6517.

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