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St. Pete Catholic receives a lesson

BOYS CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 12: The Barons beat Clearwater Central Catholic, but not before learning they aren't invincible.

By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 20, 2003

CLEARWATER -- Mike Moran's St. Petersburg Catholic team might have been the top seed and Clearwater Central Catholic the last, and his team might have had 17 wins and CCC just six, and his team might have been undefeated in district play and blown out CCC twice this season, but when his team was behind by seven at halftime it surprised him not a bit.

Then again, he wasn't so surprised when his team rallied to win 68-49 to advance to the district final.

The Barons (18-8) trailed 30-19 in the first half after consecutive 3-pointers by Chip Brinkman, and one minute into the second half they were down 32-24.

"No matter how much you point it out to them, no matter how many times, they have to see it for themselves," Moran said. "We had a couple of easy games against CCC, but tonight they did something they hadn't done against us, and that was hit some 3-pointers."

Behind outstanding perimeter defense from freshman Aaron Holmes and 17 second-half points from Chad Radosevich, the Barons went on a 15-2 run in a two-minute span of the third to take control.

"We wanted to put pressure on them and make them make the mistakes," Radosevich said. "I think we did that."

Radosevich finished with a game-high 28 points, and Travis Karto had 19. Holmes added 11, and the trio scored 33 of the Barons 45 second-half points.

St. Petersburg goes for a consecutive district title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, which beat Fort Myers Dunbar in the other semifinal.

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