Boys 2A-9 hoops: Terrapins prove to be too much for Hurricanes

By Justin Dargahi
Published February 9, 2008

TAMPA - Top-seeded Tampa Prep handled Bishop McLaughlin twice during the regular season.

The Class 2A, District 9 semifinal was no different.

The Terrapins cruised to a 63-39 victory over the Hurricanes, but Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon wasn't completely satisfied with his team's performance heading into tonight's championship game against Calvary Christian.

"We haven't played in a week, and it was kind of hard not looking forward to playing Calvary in the next round," Fenlon said. "But this game was a good game to help us get ready, even though we didn't finish well in the lane at all and didn't show a lot of enthusiasm out there."

Tampa Prep (22-2) was never threatened by the Hurricanes. The Terrapins jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead and led by more than 10 throughout.

Tampa Prep broke the game open in the second quarter to go ahead by 18 after forcing six turnovers by Bishop McLaughlin (10-13) via the full-court press.

Forward Jamal Cherry led the Terrapins with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Senior center David Waller added 15 points, and Patrick McCarthy finished with nine.

The Hurricanes were led by Chris Overbeck's 13 points. Devin Townson chipped in with 10.

In the other semifinal, Calvary Christian (18-8) dominated Indian Rocks (13-11) early and cruised to a 56-40 victory.

Marcos Quinones scored 19 to lead the Warriors.