Gainesville boys fall at buzzer at Bobcats Shootout


Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

Buchholz's Bud Seymour Gymnasium has been a house of horrors for the Gainesville High School boys basketball team in recent weeks.

On Jan. 13, the Hurricanes lost one of their top players for the season in Isaiah Jackson, who broke his leg against the Bobcats. GHS also suffered a two-point loss at the buzzer that night.

In the third game of Saturday's Bobcat Shootout, the Hurricanes suffered another heartbreaker.

This time it was Daytona Beach Mainland's Cameron Hadley, who poured in a game-high 36 points and nailed a 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Buccaneers past GHS 72-71.

With 20 seconds left, Calvin Long's lay-in gave the Hurricanes a 71-69 edge, before a scramble at the other end by the Bucs led to the ball coming out to Hadley. The guard launched a fade-away trey on the left wing, which found the bottom of the net and left GHS with another bad taste in its mouth.

"The kids played extremely hard, probably hard enough to get the "W," but unfortunately the young man (Hadley) scored 36 and he was the difference in the ballgame," said GHS coach Kelly Beckham. "We needed to make sure we knew where (No.) 23 was, and of course the ball ended up in his hands at the end, and when he let it go, I knew it was good."

Early on it was a game of runs. GHS, ranked fourth in Class 6A, according to the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches/Source Hoops poll, jumped out to a 9-0 lead to open the game. Mainland responded by scoring the next 13 points, although GHS led by two points after the first quarter. The Bucs had a 6-0 spurt in the second period, before the Hurricanes ended the frame with an 8-2 run and carried a 38-28 advantage into halftime.

At that point, Hadley, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior who is also a standout football player, had just six points. In the third quarter, he started to take over the game and caused GHS (16-7) major problems. Trailing 43-32, Hadley threw in 11 points to fuel a 15-2 run to give Mainland a 47-45 edge at the 2:55 mark. He nailed four 3-pointers to highlight the Bucs' 28-point quarter, which equaled their total first-half output.

Freshman Ed Porter hit a jump hook to pull GHS to 56-50 after three quarters of play. With 3:14 remaining in the fourth period, Kevin Bolen's putback gave the Hurricanes a 67-62 cushion. But Hadley, who ended with six 3-pointers, outscored GHS 10-4 from that point and carried Mainland (13-8) to the dramatic victory.

Long had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Porter netted 14 points with Bolen adding 10 points for GHS. Craig Willmore scored 12 points for the Bucs, with Jaylen Miles and A.J. Ford each tossing in 11 points.

In the nightcap of the second day of the annual event, the host Bobcats thumped Newberry 62-35. Mitchell Wise finished with 18 points with Chad Milliken following with 11 as Buchholz (12-11) led 19-7 after the first quarter and 31-14 at halftime. Al Barber had 10 points for the Panthers (5-13), who lost to P.K. Yonge by 29 points on Friday.

"We played well both nights, and now we have to carry it over for next week," said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski, whose club beat Naples Golden Gate on Friday. "We are trying to build for the district tournament."

Eastside, ranked fourth in Class 5A according to FABC/Source Hoops, knocked off Clearwater 48-35. Devonta Mosley and Sir Jackson each scored 12 points with Barry Johnson tossing in 10 points for the Rams (18-4). Eastside led 37-26 after three quarters en route to the win. Deltona Pine Ridge started the day's action with a 55-40 win over Golden Gate.

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