TRINITY — In a pair of frantic finishes Wednesday, top seeds Mitchell and Land O’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 O’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 O’Lakes it meant the game might not be the prettiest to watch.
“We’ll win ugly. The sloppier, the better because we’re not the best offensive team,” said Gators coach David Puhalski, whose group got just enough timely shooting to win. Sophomore Tom Guglielmello sank a …