Posted: 12:03 pm Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
By Jeff Greer
LAKELAND — Hello everyone and welcome to the Lakeland Center here in Lakeland! It’s the Class 1A championship game and a pair of Palm Beach County schools are set to meet: Boca’s Grandview Prep and West Palm Beach’s Summit Christian. Stay here for your in-game updates, stats and plenty more observations.
A nice crowd has filled in here at the Lakeland Center for the Class 1A title game. So let’s get going. Here’s your headquarters for all things boys’ hoops states.
And here we go with the game …
Summit Christian started the quarter with time-wasting tactics that ate up all kinds of clock. And in the end, the Saints held on to beat Grandview Prep and win the Class 1A title, 62-50.
Grandview’s 6-9 center Ismaila Dauda never really got in a rhythm despite scoring hard-earned 24 points, and Summit’s big guys Brandon Williams and Jean Prophete combined for 26 points of their own. Farad Cobb had 20 for Summit.
That, in addition to Grandview’s guards not really finding space to get open looks, was the difference.
AFTER THIRD QUARTER
Grandview Prep has picked up its urgency and intensity, but Summit Christian seems to have an answer at every turn. Jean Prophete and Brandon Williams have combined for 23 points so far, and Summit Christian leads 47-33 after three quarters.
Grandview hasn’t been able to get Ismaila Dauda going, and its guards have been limited on the perimeter. The Pride need to get out in transition and score easy buckets if it wants to come back, and rebounding the defensive glass would help a bit, too.
Summit Christian leads Grandview Prep 34-23 at the break. Summit had a huge second half, scoring at will in both the halfcourt and in transition. The Saints went on a 15-0 run through the middle of the quarter and outscored Grandview 20-10 over the eight-minute session.
Summit’s defensive physicality has bothered 6-9 center Ismaila Dauda in the first half. He has to deal with two bigs — 6-4 Jean Prophete and 6-8 Brandon Williams. Williams has mostly guarded Dauda. On the other end, Grandview’s 6-2 guard Ivan Canete bothered Summit’s scorer Farad Cobb early on, but a a quick 15-0 Summit burst put the Saints up 31-17. The run’s best effect was getting Cobb going. He had seven of his team’s 15 points during that run.
For Summit: Jean Prophete had eight points and four boards. Brandon Williams has seven points and four boards. Farad Cobb has nine points, three assists and two steals. And Dorian O’Neal has eight points.
As a team, the Saints shot 60 percent and 3-of-6 from three-point range. They’ve outrebounded Grandview 15-13.
For Grandview: Dauda has nine points, three boards and two blocks, but three turnovers. Ivan Canete has five points, two boards and two assists.
Grandview’s shooting 37 percent and just 1-of-7 from three. That’s the difference.
AFTER FIRST QUARTER
Summit Christian leads Grandview Prep, 14-13, after one quarter. Early on, 6-2 guard Ivan Canete’s length has been bothersome for Summit’s 6-0 scoring guard Farad Cobb, who has just two points.
Summit Christian coach Murray Smith said he had nine fouls to give between Jean Prophete and Brandon Williams, the two big guys called on to guard Grandview’s 6-9 star center Ismaila Dauda. Both post players started out on Dauda and did a good job pushing him around in the paint.
Prophete has been an animal on the offensive glass. He has eight points, six on offensive putbacks. Dauda has been a nuisance on the defensive end, with two blocks.
BEFORE THE TIP
Home team is Summit Christian and the Saints have white tops and white shorts with blue and gold trim and blue numbers. Grandview’s the away team, wearing navy blue jerseys with blue trim and red numbers.
For Grandview Prep: 6-9 C Ismaila Dauda, 6-2 G Ivan Canete, 6-3 G Daniel Garga, 6-0 G Eric Mance and 5-8 G Anthony Gelin.
For Summit Christian: 6-4 F Jean Prophete, 6-8 F Brandon Williams, 6-0 G Farad Cobb, 5-7 G Kadeem Robinson and 5-7 G Kyle Yong.