Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Title No. 2's a Cruise; Solid Rebounding, Defense Help ACD Easily Retain 2A Boys Basketball Crown

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Title No. 2's a Cruise; Solid Rebounding, Defense Help ACD Easily Retain 2A Boys Basketball Crown

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

LAKELAND -- Arlington Country Day used a superior rebounding advantage and a swarming half-court press to overwhelm North Palm Beach Benjamin High School 73-37 on Saturday afternoon and successfully defend its Class 2A state boys basketball championship.

The Apaches enjoyed a 19-3 first-quarter rebounding advantage that included 15 offensive boards and finished with a 55-31 edge. A harassing, half-court trapping defense also forced Benjamin (23-9) into 25 turnovers and held the Buccaneers to less than 10 points in three different quarters and 11 points in the other.

"I knew today when we went to breakfast that we were ready to play," ACD coach Rex Morgan said. "They were focused. I'm not sure we stayed [in] focus for all 30 of our games this year, but when you have them together like this for two or three days, this team can be as focused as any team I've had."

The game was as good as over midway in the first quarter when the Apaches (27-3) made the first of several runs in the game. They went on a 9-0 run to break a 6-6 tie and eventually led by 12 points at the end of the first quarter.

While the Buccaneers played ACD fairly even in the second quarter to trail 35-20 at intermission, it was the Apaches' fast second-half start (11-2 in the first four minutes) that put the game out of reach in the third.

"We wanted to make a move at the start of the second half, as we felt that was a vital time," Benjamin coach Jeff Cavallo said. "But their talent, their athleticism, it was just too good."

It was good enough to send ACD to a 36-point victory, setting an FHSAA record for the most lopsided win in a state championship game. The previous mark was 35 points, set in 1952 when Malone beat Our Lady of Perpetual Help 71-36.

The two state championships are the only ones in ACD basketball history. …

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