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Boys basketball state final

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published March 3, 2006


CHAMBERLAIN (28-3) VS. GAINESVILLE EASTSIDE (25-7)

WHEN/WHERE: Tonight, 7. The Lakeland Center, Lakeland.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 4 East to exit 31 (Kathleen Road). Turn right on Kathleen Road and continue to Sikes Boulevard. Bear right at the yield sign and turn right at the second traffic light (Lime Street). The Lakeland Center is on the right.

ADMISSION: $9; $5 parking.

RADIO: Live on 1470 AM.

ONLINE: Pay-per-view at http://floridacast.ezstream.com $7.50

TOP CHAMBERLAIN PLAYERS: Starters - Dantavis Adkins, G; James Devlin, G; Schuyler Gray, F; Kylan Robinson, F; Brandon Jefferson, G. Key subs - Mo Lightburn, F; Jonny Mack, G.

ABOUT EASTSIDE: Any conversation about the best programs in Florida without a state title would have to include the Rams. A perennial power in the Gainesville area, Eastside is making its first championship game appearance but has been to the final four five times , three in the past seven years. Coach Herman "Pop" Williams, 232-80 in nine seasons, deserves much of the credit for Eastside's success. Much like Chamberlain, the Rams aren't blessed with a great deal of height but they make up for it with great athleticism. Four Eastside players score in double figures, the leader being 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Donte Anderson, who averages 15.1 points. In the semifinals, the Rams, who have won eight straight, shut down highly regarded Winter Park Lake Howell with surprising ease, 65-46. They forced 23 Silver Hawk turnovers and limited them to 34 percent shooting. What makes the victory all the more impressive is both Lake Howell starting guards are committed to major college programs.