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Berkeley Prep blows past Frostproof

TAMPA — Was Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart worried about his team getting a little bit complacent after jumping out to a 19-1 lead on the way to a 75-41 rout of visiting Frostproof in the Class 4A-3 semifinals?

He didn’t mind it a bit.

“Yes, absolutely, that was great to start like that,’’ Reinhart said. “We’ve had our share of tight games this season.’’

This one wasn’t one of those tough games. The Bucs (24-4) scored 30 first-quarter points and were never threatened. After leading 45-24 at the half, Berkeley started to slowly empty its bench.

Craig Bowman led the Bucs with 24 points, and Justin Gray and Marshall Holmes combined for another 28.

Reinhart said it was wing man Jacob Mathis who was one of the keys to the win. Mathis had six points but was solid on both ends of the court.

“It was great getting an easy win,’’ Mathis said. “You can’t take anything for granted.’’

Still, Mathis said the Bucs are looking forward to taking a ride to Lakeland, home of the state final four.

“That’s what the plan is,’’ Mathis said. “That’s what we’ve been preparing for all year.’’

The Bucs head to Avon Park for their next game, but will host the region final if they win. They lost in the region final to close out last season.

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