Posted: 11:53 am Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
By Jason Lieser
For five years, Jacksonville-Arlington Country Day has been the state’s most dominant program and Summit Christian could not stop that run.
Arlington Country Day recovered from a sluggish start and beat the Saints 63-43 in the Class 1A state semifinals at The Lakeland Center.
Arlington Country Day, which won five straight Class 2A championships before moving down to 1A, will play the winner of Grandview Prep vs. Orlando Christian Prep in Thursday’s title game. The Pride and Orlando Christian Prep play at 11:30 a.m.
The loss was Summit Christian’s first since Dec. 29 and ended its 20-game winning streak.
Summit Christian started strong and did not surrender its lead until midway through the second quarter. The Saints (27-4) led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and pushed their lead to 20-10 early in the second, but Arlington Country Day (21-5) went on a 23-0 run over the next 8:34.
Arlington Country Day was up 48-27 at the end of the third quarter and continued rolling in the fourth.
Farad Cobb led the Saints with 10 points and was the team’s only player to score in double figures. Jean Prophete added 6 points and senior Brice Jenkins scored 7 in his final game for Summit Christian.
“The way we decided to play, it changes what’s available for Jean,” Saints coach Murray Smith said. “We said going into the game, our guards are going to be the key to this game. We’re not going to come down and throw it 50 times to Jean in the post like we can do on a normal night.”
The Saints committed 25 turnovers and shot just 32.7 percent from the field.
“They outmatched us, but we played to our best ability,” Prophete said. “We played the best we can with them.”
John Brown led Arlington Country Day with 14 points. Justin Jackson, a Cincinnati signee, scored 10 points and had 15 rebounds.
The two teams met in last year’s Class 2A title game and Arlington Country Day grabbed the trophy with an 80-41 blowout win.
The Saints will graduate two starters, Jenkins and Damian Bivens, but will return seven of their 12 players next season.