TAMPA — Alonso got down early Friday night but as the Ravens have done all season, they kept clawing and scratching for every loose ball and point.
Relentlessly through the second and third quarters the Ravens cut into Newsome's lead, and finally in the fourth quarter, they took the lead for good before holding on for a 60-49 victory.
For Alonso (12-3, 5-0) it was sweet indeed, because it not only sealed up the top seed in Class 9A, District 6, but it gave the Ravens home-court advantage in the district tournament (played at different sites because traveling distance).
"I knew my guys weren't going to stop," Alonso coach Todd Price said. "They laid it all out on the line. That's what they do."
Perhaps none more than senior guard Sclyler Boykin, who finished with 18 points, many that came after steals and sprinting breakaway layups.
Alonso forward Sager Cavalier also finished with 18 points, all of which came in the second half, another testament to the Ravens' never-say-die attitude.
After finishing the first half trailing 32-24, Price said his team talked about speeding up the offensive transitions in every way — while running up the floor and when simply running its offense.
It quickly paid off, particularly for Cavalier who scored his team's first four points just seconds into the third quarter. By the time the fourth quarter started, Alonso held a 40-39 lead.
For Newsome (7-6, 2-2) it was a missed opportunity after the Wolves' took a district victory from Sarasota Riverview a few days ago.
"We knew (Newsome) was a solid, well-coached team and they were feeling pretty good," Price said. "I was proud of the way we hung in there and adjusted and kept fighting. That was a great victory."
Wolves guard Isaiah Islam led his team with 17 points while Dillon Brown chipped in 10.