Boys hoops: Seffner's run ended by familiar foe

By Nathan Cowan, Times Correspondent
Published February 24, 2008

BRADENTON - Seffner Christian and Bradenton Christian met for the second straight year in the playoffs, this time in the region finals.

The Panthers walked away winners for the second straight season, too, beating the Crusaders 68-49 to advance to the state semifinals.

"This year was a different type of disappointment than last year," Seffner coach Roger Duncan said. "If we would have won our district, the game would have been played at our place."

It looked as if the game would mirror the Panthers' close 51-48 win from last season as they led only 13-12 after the first quarter. But Bradenton used its suffocating defense to outscore the Crusaders 25-10 to take a 38-22 halftime advantage.

"We wanted to limit their possessions and shorten the game," Duncan said. "Their big runs normally come in the second half, but this time it came in the second quarter."

The Panthers extended their lead by outscoring the Crusaders 15-8 in the third quarter. They went inside and let forwards Cole Hudson and Michael Frey take over.

The Panthers also outrebounded the Crusaders 28-21. Hudson led the Panthers with 12 points and seven rebounds. Frey added 11 points, and Jordan Negrin had eight points and four assists.

"I have been blessed with great depth and with great talent," Bradenton coach David Magley said. "That number 10 (Negrin) is quite a ball player and keeps things in control for us."

Devin Paularinne led the Crusaders with 20 points, and Jameson Self added 14.

Seffner Christian 68 Bradenton Christian 49