Posted: 8:58 pm Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

FINAL: St. Andrew’s hoops wins, heads to state final 

By Jeff Greer

LAKELAND — In Tuesday’s second state semifinal with a Palm Beach County team, St. Andrew’s outlasted Havana-East Gadsden 55-49. The Scots plays Lake Highland Prep in Thursday’s Class 4A state championship.

FINAL
St. Andrew’s 55, East Gadsden 49. It wasn’t easy. St. Andrew’s, which struggled from the line most of the night, sweat through some free-throw troubles in the final few minutes to hang on and win. The Scots took a nine-point lead into the final four-minute segment of the game, but East Gadsden became more aggressive with on offense and just fouled St. Andrew’s on the other end.

THIRD QUARTER
St. Andrew’s 37, East Gadsden 32. East Gadsden, somehow, with 24 turnovers, is still in this game. Don’t ask me how (7 of 13 from 3 helps). St. Andrew’s appears to be in control, and the Scots’ depth is helping, even with Asil Kalkavan (ankle) playing limited minutes. Really impressed by St. Andrew’s spread-out scoring.

HALFTIME
St. Andrew’s 27, East Gadsden 27. Sloppy first 24 minutes to this one. There’ve been 24 turnovers between the teams and 17 fouls. East Gadsden has the rebounding edge for now, but it’s been tough sledding on offense for the Jaguars. St. Andrew’s has done a good job of feeding Marko Radojicic, who has 11 points, but he has three fouls.

FIRST QUARTER
St. Andrew’s 15, East Gadsden 15. It’s been up and down so far, with great pace and aggressive basketball. The gym’s always a bit hotter for the final game of the day. St. Andrew’s started well, with a nice backdoor cut and jam by Marko Radojicic. East Gadsden is an athletic bunch, but St. Andrew’s is right there. Errick Bethea’s three 3-pointers for EG is keeping the Jaguars on pace with St. Andrew’s for now.