Larris leads GHS to win

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:06 a.m.
Despite a short turnaround from their game against each other Friday night, Santa Fe and Gainesville each picked up victories early Saturday at the 3rd Bobcat Shootout at Buchholz High School. Eastside also got into the win column as the area teams owned a 3-0 mark in Saturday's early action.
Behind 25 points from Ron Larris, Gainesville ran past Clearwater Countryside, 61-43. Santa Fe's Ryan Altenhof hit two free throws with 8 seconds left to lift the Raiders past Belleview, 50-48. Kevin Higginbotham netted a game-high 17 points as Eastside dumped South Lake 53-37. Tavares beat Miami Booker T. Washington 46-44 in a game involving non-area teams.
Purple Hurricanes coach Tony Wise said his team was not going to let the Cougars take advantage of their size, much like they did in their 78-69 win over P.K. Yonge on Friday. Countryside (10-9), which is coached by former P.K. Yonge coach/UF basketball player Randall Leath, features 6-foot-7 center Collins Okafor and 6-5 swingman Julian Mascoll. GHS (17-3), the No. 3 team in 4A, held the duo to just 16 points and seven rebounds after the tandem combined for 37 points and nine rebounds against P.K. Yonge.
"(Ron) Rawls and (Carl) Brown were tremendous and set the tone defensively," said Wise, who got nine rebounds from Rawls and 10 points from Brown. "We hit the boards like animals and held this team to just nine offensive rebounds."
Trevor Brown did hit for 18 points for the Cougars, who were outscored 37-25 in the second half. Larris added eight assists and was 11-of-12 from the foul line in the win for the Hurricanes, which is their third straight.
After losing to GHS on Friday night, Santa Fe (10-9) got back on the court against the Rattlers at 10:30 a.m. It ended up being a free-throw shooting contest in the final 2:02 of the game, with the score tied at 44-44. The Raiders hit 6-of-6, including Altenhof's game-winners, while Belleview (7-11) hit 4-of-6 down the stretch.
"I think playing at 10:30 a.m. was tough energy-wise," said Raiders coach Scott McDaniel, who also got 10 points from Randall Walker. "Our games seem to be tight at the end, but we believe that we can win the close games."
Eastside (16-4) was close with South Lake (5-13), leading 21-16 at halftime, but the Rams out-scored the Eagles 32-21 in the second half for the win. Cory Mikel chipped in 11 points in the win.
"We got going and I am happy to get away with the win," said Eastside coach Herman "Pop" Williams, whose team shot 19-of-34 from the foul line. "We wore them out with our depth, but we have to get better on the free throw line."

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