LCS, McKeel Have Little Trouble Advancing In The District Championship Game
Wed. February 06, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN'S MICHAEL OH gets fouled by Santa Fe Catholic's Bryan Henson during Tuesday's Class 3A, District 7 semifinal. For more photos, go to www.theledger.com/galleries. (Photo by ERNST PETERS | THE LEDGER)
By AIMEE SACHS
LAKELAND | Lakeland Christian senior Will Portlock fouled out with 3:02 remaining Tuesday night.
It was fine though because Portlock left with a game-high 19 points, helping Lakeland Christian to a 72-50 win over Santa Fe Catholic in a Class 3A, District 7 basketball semfinal.
Phil Wilsman scored 13 points and Christian Alexander added 12 points for the Vikings (21-1).
"We've played better," Lakeland Christian coach Todd Radford said. "I give Santa Fe credit. They came out and played hard. We knew that they were going to come out and give us a good game, and we didn't execute as well as we can, we didn't execute as well as we have, and we didn't execute as well as we're going to need to, so we've got to get better between now and Friday, for sure."
On Friday the Vikings will face McKeel Academy in the district championship game after McKeel cruised to a 76-47 win over New Dimensions earlier in the evening. The Wildcats handed Lakeland Christian its lone loss of the season. McKeel sophomore Dwayne Bacon scored a game-high 18 points in the contest.
Radford said Friday's game will be an uphill battle for the Vikings, despite Lakeland Christian going into the district tournament as the No. 1 seed.
"I think we're kind of coming into this as the underdog and we've got to come out and play," he said.
It was a bittersweet ending for Santa Fe senior Alex Dry, who scored 10 points before fouling out with 1:41 left. Junior Austin Stark, who missed a major chunk of the season for medical reasons, entered the game and led the Hawks with 15 points, including a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. Stark said after the game he planned to return for his senior season.
"This is my second family out here," Stark said of his teammates. "We lost, but we played our hearts out. And to go out like this, it really means a lot."
SANTA FE CATHOLIC (50): Austin Stark 15, Alex Dry 10, Bryan Henson 10, Nick Fenton 7, Nick Kedzuf 3, Justin Lucas 2, Gil Kromer 2, Evan Barnes 1. Totals 15 17-27 50
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (72): Will Portlock 19, Phil Wilsman 13, Christian Alexander 12, Micahel Oh 9, Jordan White 8, Brooks Wilson 6, Jacob Moore 4, Antony Howard 1. Totals #27, 13-21, 72.
Santa Fe 9 8 13 20 — 50
Lakeland Christian 12 13 18 29 — 72
Records: Lakeland Christian 21-1, Santa Fe Catholic 3-16.
NEW DIMENSIONS (47): Devon Pitter 12, Terrill Williams 10, Anthony Calro 8, Jalen Reeder 5, Oscar Castillo 4, Stone Tradwell 4, Dewill Pucllo 4. Totals 19 6-12 47.
MCKEEL (76): Dwayne Bacon 18, Jacob Pfingston 15, Gabriel Pearson 10,Corey Sanders 9, Damion McKinney 6, Richard Henderson 6, Kendall Barnes 5, Mickey Laidler 3, Dalton Yelvington 2, Carlos Valerio 2. Totals 32 6-10 76.
New Dimensions 10 8 16 13 — 47
McKeel 23 21 20 12 — 76
Records: McKeel Academy 19-7.