Posted: 2:45 pm Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Grandview Prep’s interior defense was incredible in Wednesday morning’s 71-63 win in the Class 1A semifinals — a little too incredible for Bradenton Christian coach David Magley.
“It was remarkable how many shots they blocked without committing a foul,” Magley said. “That was unbelievable, which means they’re some of the greatest shot-blockers in the history of the game. Why else could they get that many blocked shots?”
Magley said later he was not taking a shot at the officials, but there’s really no other way to interpret what he said.
Pride senior Altavious Carter blocked 11 of those 16 shots and acknowledged the referees generally called a loose game in the paint.
“We can’t get tied up into the way the officials call the game,” Carter said. “At times it wasn’t fair. At times it got a bit too physical I would say.
“(Bradenton Christian was) becoming a bit too rough and they weren’t really playing the game of basketball. They were playing with frustration. I went over to ref and was like, ‘Can you please clean it up?’ Otherwise our guys were going to get rowdied up and it was going to be an ugly show.”
To Magley’s point, it is worth mentioning the free throw disparity. Grandview Prep went to the foul line 27 times in the second half compared to eight free throw attempts by the Panthers. The Pride made 21 of those free throws and 22 of 28 overall.
Without context, those numbers raise some questions. But bear in mind, Grandview Prep was ahead for almost all of the second half. Feeling their season slip away, Bradenton Christian players upped their intensity and made some desperate attempts on defense to try and get back into the game. The Panthers also fouled deliberately in the final minutes to stop the clock.
Grandview Prep advanced to its second straight Class 1A championship game, where it will face Orlando Christian Prep at The Lakeland Center, Friday at noon. Orlando Christian Prep beat the Pride for the title a year ago, 49-33.