Wolves top Wave to win district championship

St. Francis' Lamin Mbodj (15) and Jake Nagle celebrate after a score during the District 3-3A championship game against P.K. Yonge at St. Francis High.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 12:10 a.m.

St. Francis beat P.K. Yonge 61-41 for the Class 3A-District 3 boys basketb all championship at St. Francis High School on Saturday.

The Wolves' defense stiffened early to gain a 13-4 first-quarter lead.

Decker Herring, the Blue Wave's lone scoring threat of the night, hit two of his five 3-pointers to cut the deficit to five early in the second quarter, but St. Francis stormed back on the backs of senior forwards Jake Nangle and Lamin Mbodj to a 27-14 halftime advantage.

Nangle and Mbodj each scored game-high 17 points and combined for 21 of the Wolves' 30 rebounds.

“Those two guys are awesome,” St. Francis coach Brian Shea said. “Both those kids are excellent basketball players and should go on to play in college.”

P.K. Yonge senior standout Van Turner sat out most of the second quarter with foul trouble and finished scoreless. Turner entered averaging 18 points per game.

“Ryan McCloskey held Van Turner to zero points and Van Turner is an outstanding basketball player,” Shea said.

“That was the key. We felt we had to limit him because he beat us the last time.”

Both teams will begin their regional quest Thursday. St. Francis (22-5) will host The Master's Academy and P.K. Yonge (14-11) will travel to Daytona Beach Father Lopez. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. tip-off.

“We know now that we are in an unbelievable region with the top-two teams in the state of Florida,” Shea said.

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