6A: Largo tops Pensacola in 6A Semis
It wasn’t the prettiest contest for three quarters in the Class 6A state boys semifinals between Largo and Pensacola as both teams struggled to shoot 25 percent from the field.
But in the fourth, it turned into a mini classic.
The teams went back and forth with five lead changes and four ties in the final quarter until Dakarai Allen’s two free throws with 58.4 left gave Largo a one-point lead it wouldn’t give up. The Packers held on for a 56-54 victory Friday and advance to the Class 6A finals.
The Packers (23-6) will play Fort Lauderdale Dillard for the Class 6A title today at 1:30 p.m. Largo is making its first trip to the championship game.
Allen had 24 points, while Amant Deliu added 13, including two clutch fourth-quarter 3-pointers for the Packers.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Largo guard Isaiah Thomas.
But it was a battle. Entering the fourth quarter, Largo was shooting 25 percent (10 of 40), while Pensacola made 14 of 54 shots (25.9 percent).
Javon Grimsley’s 3-pointer with 2:03 left tied the game at 49. His final points of the game, another 3-pointer, gave Pensacola (27-4) a 54-53 lead with 1:01 remaining.
Allen was fouled on Largo’s next possession and made both free throws. Pensacola ran down the clock looking for a good shot before calling timeout with 12 seconds left.
Off the inbound, the Tigers turned the ball over trying to work the ball inside. Thomas hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.6 left for the final margin.
Grimsley led Pensacola with 14 points. Davonchae Bryant and Shawndarius Cowart both added 12 for the Tigers.