ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg Catholic's duo of Aaron Holmes and Travis Karto combined for 50 points to lead the Barons to a Class 3A 68-46 victory over Arcadia DeSoto County.
Desoto came into the intimidating confines of the St. Petersburg Catholic gym and kept the game interesting in the first half, staying within nine points at 33-24.
The Barons would eventually blow the game open behind the torrid shooting of Karto and Holmes, and SPC's tenacious defense forced 23 turnovers. Holmes was impervious to the DeSoto defense, as he led all scorers with 28 points, including three 3-pointers. Karto finished with 22 points, 10 coming in the fourth quarter. Carl Teague came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the second half.
"I think we played well enough to win, but if we intend to go farther than the next game, then we have to do things a lot better," SPC coach Mike Moran said.
A three-point play by Holmes with 3:56 left in the third upped the Baron lead to 43-30. Teague's aggressive basket along the baseline gave SPC (25-2) a commanding 56-35 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
2A: Farragut advances
ST. PETERSBURG - Admiral Farragut used a big third-quarter run to to top Fort Meyers Canterbury 68-52.
The Blue Jackets combined easy baskets with a smothering defense to outscore Canterbury 17-6 in the third. Thomas Atherton capped the quarter with a dunk, giving Farragut a 52-36 lead.
Canterbury played hard in the fourth, but could not catch the Blue Jackets. Junior Thomas Atherton and senior Felipe Lopez each scored 16 to lead the way for Admiral Farragut.
"We just need to take our games one at a time," Admiral Farragut coach Mike Wells said.
- CHAD GOEBERT
2A: Northside falls
NAPLES - With 16.4 seconds left and the game tied at 52, Northside Christian's Todd Wilkerson saw his layup go around the rim ... and out, opening the door to a 58-52 Community School victory.
"I could tell by the rotation it wasn't going to go in," said Community School's Kurtis Johnson, who was underneath the basket. "It was a toilet-bowl shot. It went around and around. He wasn't able to flush it."
Kurtis Johnson was fouled shortly thereafter, an upset Wilkerson drew a technical, starting a parade to the line that led to the final score.
Northside Christian (16-11) came back from an early deficit. It tied the game at 52 on Bill Hobach's steal and layup.