AROUND THE STATE BASKETBALL

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: LEESBURG 71, RICKARDS 62

YELLOW JACKETS STING RICKARDS TO EARN BACK-TO-BACK RINGS

LAKELAND – For a game that featured exactly zero lead changes, the Leesburg Yellow Jackets and the Rickard Raiders from Tallahassee provided as highly-contested a match-up as one could have possibly wished. Leesburg repeated as Class 6A State Champions by virtue of a hard-fought nine point when on the strength of a combined 48 points from seniors Keon Ellis and Cordrayius Graham. The two composed nearly 70-percent of Leesburg’s Offense, but Head Coach Sean Campbell wasn’t going to complain.

Leesburg led by 13 and 11 points in the second quarter before Rickard was able to whittle that lead down on each occasion and even pulled within four at the halftime break. That was in large part to efforts from the three-headed monster of Vincent McCray, Malik Darishaw, and Alic Troutman, who, poured in 24, 14, and 10 points respectively. Rickards was rather dominant on the boards, using a 38-25 advantage on the glass to keep the game constantly within reach.

While Rickards may have had their success on the boards, they were as cold as the outside temperature shooting just 39-percent from the field and 28-percent from beyond the arc. On the flip side, Leesburg enjoyed quite a bit of success from beyond the arc with a 66-percent clip from outside the line.

Rickard finishes the season at 23-8, while Leesburg finishes their phenomenal season at 30-1.

Doug Pugh, BCP Contributor