2A: Grandview Cruises to 2A Title Undefeated Season
Juwan Frazier’s 15 points and four steals in the second quarter sparked No. 1-ranked Boca Raton Grandview Prep’s strong finish to the first half, and the Pride rolled in the second half.
Frazier finished with 26 points as Grandview Prep defeated No. 5 Bradenton Christian 87-63 on Wednesday night in the championship game of the FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at The Lakeland Center.
It was the Pride’s second state title in nine trips to the final four as they completed an undefeated season. They won their first title in 2013.
“It’s been a dream season with unbelievable kids who play the ultimate team game,” said Grandview Prep coach Joe Dawson, who is a 1998 graduate of Florida Southern. “Never once did any of these kids after a game go see how many points they had or any of that. It was all about the team first. We had great chemistry, which comes from great kids and great work ethic with one goal in mind.”
Shawn Occeus led the Pride with 28 points, providing strength inside, and had a team-high seven rebounds. Frazier was a spark plug on both ends of the court as he finished with six steals.
Grandview Prep’s defense was a big difference in the game as the Pride came up with 16 steals and forced 19 turnovers, while committing just eight.
It was close early. After falling behind by eight, Bradenton Christian came back and trailed by two points at the end of the first quarter. It was a one-point game, 25-24, after the Panthers’ Justin Aracena hit two free throws midway through the second quarter. Grandview Prep, behind Frazier’s strong play, heated up and ended the first half with a 15-3 run to take a 40-27 lead at halftime.