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Fast-paced shooting sustains Sharks

Nature Coast's run-and-gun style was too much for Central to handle Thursday night.

The Sharks took out the visiting Bears 83-58 thanks to a fast-break offense that never let up and a pressure defense that had Central hurrying shots and playing out of tempo most of the game.

Nature Coast (6-0) was led by Chris Bossio, who runs the four-guard offense. By forcing the break much of the time with penetration, Bossio put up 15 points, nine assists and three steals.

"Bossio is one of the real hidden talents in this area," Nature Coast coach Travis Priddy said. "We've been looking for more consistency from him, but he played very well tonight."

The beneficiary of many of those assists, along with a few second-chance points, was forward Josh Ortiz. The Sharks' lone post threat was dangerous both offensively and defensively against the rival Bears. He finished with a game-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals.

Nature Coast also got an boost from Reshad Terry (10 points) and Desmond Redding (12 points) off the bench, as both scored in double digits.

Central (1-7) is progressing, according to coach Eric Hayes, and the Bears showed signs of life in the second and third quarters.

After falling behind 26-7 in the first quarter, the Bears were only outscored by a combined two points in the middle periods.

Guard Darryn Frazier, the team's leading scorer this season, filled that role again with 14 points. The budding star added seven rebounds and four assists. Forward Fred Frey added 12 points off the bench.