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Boys 3A-11 hoops: Berkeley Prep never trails, cruises to final

By Peter Arrabal
Published February 9, 2008


TAMPA - One Hillsborough County team advanced to the Class 3A, District 11 final, but two more ended their seasons Friday night.

Berkeley Prep topped Lennard 70-32 in the first semifinal, thanks largely to Austin Suarez's 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Buccaneers never trailed, opening up a 47-15 lead at the end of the first half.

Meanwhile, Tampa Catholic fell 70-60 to St. Petersburg Catholic.

Tracy Parks scored a game-high 24 for the Barons, while Alex Doyle answered with 14 points and six rebounds for the Crusaders.

The Barons' Julian Dudley grabbed 20 rebounds and scored 17.

"He was big on the glass and carried us to the win," Barons coach Michael Moran said. "Tracy averages about 25 or 26. He's going to handle the ball for us and manage to come up big in every game."

The Crusaders never led, getting as close as 45-42 at the end of the third quarter. Parks took over for the Barons, extending the lead to nine with 3:21 left in the game. After a Tampa Catholic timeout, Dudley grabbed a rebound and put the Crusaders away for good with a layup.

Berkeley Prep faces St. Petersburg Catholic for the third time this season, with each winning one of the matchups.

Peter Arrabal, Times correspondent