GAINESVILLE 67, SANTA FE 49
Wise's new team beats his old one
Published: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 11:35 p.m.
ALACHUA - Without a doubt, Gainesville's Tony Wise and Santa Fe's Scott McDaniel wanted to win Friday. But both admitted not putting too much emphasis on the obvious storyline.
In Wise's return to Santa Fe, the school he coached the previous two seasons including last year's run to the 3A final four, his Gainesville squad picked up the tempo in the second half to beat the Raiders for the second time this season, 67-49.
"I told my kids that this game was not me versus Santa Fe and we treated it like a playoff game," Wise said. "But I don't think that I would be human if I didn't want to win this game."
The Purple Hurricanes (16-3), ranked third in 4A, were led by Phillip Williams, who came off the bench for a game-high 17 points. The Raiders (9-9) played at their slow-down pace and trailed 25-24 at halftime, but were not able to keep up in the second half.
Jonathan Cook scored four of his 11 points in the Hurricanes' 7-0 run to start the third quarter, before Williams' jumper at the end of the period capped a 6-0 spurt. Both runs helped GHS outscore Santa Fe 17-7 in the frame and carry an 11-point edge into the fourth quarter.
GHS kept the pressure on, inflating its lead to 51-34 with 4:59 remaining as Williams' netted five points in a 9-3 burst. The Hurricanes led by double figures the rest of the way and hit 8-of-12 from the foul line in the last 4:24.
"We wanted to slow the pace down, but we allowed GHS some runouts in the second half," McDaniel said. "I would have liked to have won the game because he (Wise) used to coach here and it would have been a sense of pride, but there was not an emphasis on it."
Ron Larris finished with 10 points and eight assists for the Hurricanes, who have won four of their last five trips to Raider Gym. GHS's win at Santa Fe last season was Wise's only home loss. Jeff Camps paced Santa Fe with 14 points.
"We felt that it was important to speed up the game. That is the way we like to play," Wise said. "Deep down I did want to win this game, not just for me, but for the kids."
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