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The Spartans' productive first quarter dissolves into a long second-quarter drought in an 82-64 loss.
By ROD GIPSON
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 29, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG -- Orlando Edgewater coach Travis Jones has said throughout the Hooters Holiday Shootout that his program has never won a Christmas tournament.
Edgewater made a convincing move toward that goal Saturday, defeating Lakewood 82-64 in the semifinals.
Edgewater, 12-0 and ranked No.1 in Class 6A, moves on to Monday's final against Louisville Male, which topped Trinity (N.H.) 62-48. In topping the Spartans (10-2), the Eagles not only had production from its standout junior guard, Darius Washington (42 points), but got production from its front court as forward Brandon Johnson and center Jerome Boyd combined for 27 points.
The Eagles also outhustled the Spartans, seemingly coming up with every loose ball.
"(Edgewater) is very aggressive on both ends of the floor," Lakewood coach Dan Wright said. "They are at the peak of the game, and I think they are a little more conditioned than we were. "We're not there yet."
But Lakewood was right there early. The Spartans jumped to a 10-3 lead and led 16-15 after the first quarter. But Lakewood's momentum ended when Washington heated up. He scored the first seven points of the second quarter as Edgewater went on a 16-0 run that lasted more than six minutes.
By the time Lakewood actually scored in the second quarter, its one-point lead had turned into a 15-point deficit, and Edgewater was well on its way to the victory. win.
Sophomore guard Sean Morrison was a bright spot for Lakewood, scoring 21 points.
Male, meanwhile, had little trouble advancing, jumping to a 20-8 lead on Trinity and cruising. Male (5-4) led by as much as 20 before Trinity closed late. Scott Green and Mike Bush combined to score 34 for Male, 19 coming during the second half to help thwart any hopes of a Trinity rally.
ST. PETERSBURG -- A big third quarter helped Boca Ciega defeat Pahokee 61-53 in a consolation game.
The Pirates trailed 30-25 at halftime but outscored the Blue Devils 22-12 in the third quarter.
Marquel Brooks scored 10 of his 21 points during the quarter on three field goals and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line. He finished 7-of-7 from the line.
Brian Reeves scored 11 for Boca Ciega, and Emmanuel Elamin added 10.
-- Times staff