Packers ensure no overtime needed

Senior guard Dionte Hall scored 22 to lead Largo 67-52 over Pinellas Park.

By CHRIS GIRANDOLA Times Correspondent
Published January 25, 2007

LARGO - A month ago when Largo visited Pinellas Park, the Packers escaped with a 60-57 overtime win. While Largo gained respect for the upstart Patriots, it learned it needed improvements in two areas: perimeter defense and contribution from role players.

On Wednesday, Largo proved 30 days had made a difference.

Senior guard Dionte Hall scored 22 to lead the Packers 67-52 over Pinellas Park to clinch the North division in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference. More importantly, the victory guarantees Largo (18-4, 11-1 Class 5A, District 9) at least a tie for the regular-season district title, dependent on Clearwater's game against Pinellas Park (16-5, 10-2) on Friday.

Hall, who scored only four points in the last meeting against the Patriots, hit 4-of-6 3-pointers.

"I've taken a lot of extra shots after practice and over the weekends," Hall said. "My confidence is definitely there now, which will help the team down the stretch."

The Packers went into halftime with a 36-24 lead and, despite a comeback effort in the fourth by the Patriots, cruised to the convincing win as Hall hit all six of his free throws in the final two minutes.

Jake Troyli led the Patriots 17 points.

Largo 67, Pinellas Park 52