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Seminole not impressed with NBA prospect in win

By RODNEY PAGE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 27, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG -- Those hoping to see Orlando Cypress Creek standout Amare Stoudemire are going to have to show up earlier than expected today.

Seminole played spoiler Wednesday night with an inspired 70-60 win over the Bears.

The Warhawks play tonight at 8:30 at the Times Bayfront Center against Largo. Cypress Creek plays in the losers bracket at 1:30 against Champagnat (Miami) Catholic.

"I guess we were giant killers," Seminole coach Terry Walker said.

"The key for us was even scoring. We played well on defense. When you play a guy like (Stoudemire) you try to overplay him on defense and let other guys beat you."

Seminole (8-2) got balanced scoring from four players. Dan Plikunas led the way with 21 points. Matt Walker, Jeff Taylor and Brian Reeves each had 14.

Stoudemire, who has hinted he may forgo college and make himself eligible for the NBA draft, scored 14 points.

He made five field goals, four of which were dunks. Stoudemire was four of six on free throws.

Seminole trailed only twice, and that was early in the first quarter.

The Warhawks led by as many as 21 late in the third quarter before giving back some of the lead.

Cypress Creek (5-5) cut the score to 61-54 with just over four minutes left, but the Warhawks went on a 6-0 run to get some breathing room.

Stoudemire wasn't even the leading scorer on his team. Calvin Henry had 17 points.

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