TRINITY â€” In a pair of frantic finishes Wednesday, top seeds Mitchell and Land Oâ€™Lakes earned victories in the District 6A-10 semifinals and will meet for the title Friday.
Host Mitchell almost blew a 17-point lead to River Ridge, which got a career-high 32 from Mikey James, but held on for a 64-59 win. The night began with Land Oâ€™Lakes pulling out a tight-throughout 48-46 defeat of Tarpon Springs.
Knowing a playoff berth was at stake both head coaches went with a whatever-it-takes mentality. For Mitchell that meant taking the air out of the ball early, which nearly backfired.
For Land Oâ€™Lakes it meant the game might not be the prettiest to watch.
â€œWeâ€™ll win ugly. The sloppier, the better because weâ€™re not the best offensive team,â€ said Gators coach David Puhalski, whose group got just enough timely shooting to win. Sophomore Tom Guglielmello sank a …