Posted: 10:03 am Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
By Jeff Greer
LAKELAND — Here’s your spot for all the in-game info you need from Grandview Prep’s state semifinal matchup with Tallahassee-Florida A&M at the Lakeland Center.
Crowd’s filing in here at the Lakeland Center. Here’s your headquarters for all things boys’ hoops states.
And here we go with the game …
Grandview defeats Tallahassee-Florida A&M High 78-65 in impressive fashion. A dominant win puts the Pride in the state finals tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. against the winner of the Summit Christian-Orlando Christian Prep game.
Dauda finished with 19 points. Daniel Garga had 16 and Ivan Canete had 14. FAMU’s Jordan Warner scored 31 for FAMU.
AFTER THIRD QUARTER
Grandview leads FAMU, SCORE. The game has leveled off since Grandview’s 19-8 push that distanced FAMU in the second quarter.
Dauda, who was flexing his elbow and stretching it with a grimace, has kept playing through the momentary pain. He was a force inside in the third quarter, with three blocks and six boards in about five minutes of playing time.
Jordan Warner is up to 21 points for FAMU.
Grandview’s offense is firing on all cylinders going into halftime, and it leads FAMU, 43-28. The Pride is scoring at will, getting easy baskets on the run and finding open guys in the halfcourt set. Of course it helps to have a 6-9 big fella like Ismaila Dauda to clean up the offensive glass.
Grandview showed a mix of defenses, changing between fullcourt man pressure, halfcourt man and 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones. The Pride are running on offense and doing a great job of getting back and stopping FAMU’s transition O.
FAMU stuck with a three-quarter-court 2-2-1 press, trapping the corners. But the Pride has broken it down rather easily after a slightly cagey start. The Rattlers are doing work on the offensive glass, and 6-5 forward Jordan Warner has been a hand full, showing his range and inside touch.
For Grandview: Dauda has 10 points and seven rebounds. Eric Mance (8 points) and Daniel Garga (8) have been getting easy buckets. Don Stephens has six points off the bench.
Grandview is shooting 68 percent as a team and 50 percent from 3. The Pride has 11 assists on 17 baskets and is just slightly winning the rebounding battle, 14-13.
For FAMU: Jordan Warner has 14 points and three rebounds. Keondrae Wilson has six points.
The Rattlers are shooting 41 percent from the field and are 2 of 6 from the charity stripe. They do have eight offensive boards and are basically even with Grandview on the glass and in the turnover category. They just need to make shots to get back into the game.
AFTER FIRST QUARTER
Grandview leads FAMU High, 21-15, after the first quarter. Grandview’s transition game has been great so far. Lots of easy buckets in transition. FAMU’s scoring mostly in the halfcourt set.
Grandview’s Ismaila Dauda has six points. So does Don Stephens. Eric Mance has five. Jordan Warner has 11 points for FAMU.
Starters for both teams:
Grandview Prep: 6-9 C Ismaila Dauda, 6-3 G Daniel Garga, 6-2 G Ivan Canete, 6-0 G Eric Mance, 5-8 G Anthony Gelin.
FAMU: 6-5 F Jordan Warner, 5-10 G Keondrae Wilson, 6-4 C CJ Butler, 6-4 Jacari Dupont, 6-1 G Jerell Simmons.