Posted: 2:44 pm Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

FINAL: Grandview Prep wins Class 2A state hoops semifinal 

By Jeff Greer

LAKELAND — Welcome to the Lakeland Center for the first of two state semifinal games featuring Palm Beach County teams.

Grandview Prep (29-2) beat Jacksonville’s North Florida Educational Institute 63-49 in the first Cass 2A state semifinal of the day at the Lakeland Center. The Pride will play Wednesday night at 8 p.m. against Orlando Christian Prep.

FINAL
Grandview 63, NFEI 49. It was all Ivan Canete and his shooting wingmen in the state semis. The Pride played fantastic defense, especially in the post, despite being undersized. They’ll likely get another shot at Orlando Christian Prep in the state final. OCP beat Grandview in the state finals in 2008 and 2009. Canete finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

THIRD QUARTER
Grandview 44, NFEI 31. A low-scoring third was mostly spent around the 3-point line. Sean Walsh bagged one, as did Alex Jones. Terrell Miller is the only player on NFEI doing anything of consequence, with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but NFEI can’t get anything to fall. The Eagles are shooting 27 percent from the field, and Grandview’s up at 46 percent. The ball handlers for Grandview haven’t been fazed by NFEI’s press.

HALFTIME
Grandview 34, NFEI 23. The guard play for Grandview’s the difference so far. The Pride has been moving NFEI’s 2-3 zone and getting hardly contested 3-pointers and jumpers. Ivan Canete already has 13 points, and Eric Mance’s nine points have been a huge asset, too. NFEI does have a rebounding advantage (18-12) but shooting 28 percent and 1 of 9 from 3-point range won’t cut it. Big man Terrell Miller has 12 points and nine rebounds for NFEI, but no one else is helping.

FIRST QUARTER
Grandview 19, NFEI 9. Grandview is much smaller than NFEI, but the Pride is still attacking NFEI’s 2-3 zone. Grandview will need its shooters to show up, and Ivan Canete, Sean Walsh and Eric Mance clearly have the green light out of the gate. Ivan Canete has eight points, while Eric Mance (6) and Sean Walsh (2) have combined for eight. NFEI’s studs, 6-9 sophomore Eric Cobb (1 for 2, two points) and 6-8 junior Terrell Miller (2 for 6, seven points) have struggled against Grandview’s smaller lineup.