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Wekiva advances past Apopka 56-45


21-5 Mustangs heading to state playoffs and District 9A-3 Final

And the beat goes on.

The Wekiva High School Boy's Basketball team continued its impressive run in the second half of the season by defeating crosstown rival Apopka 56-45 in the 9A-3 District Semifinal at West Orange High School. The Mustangs advance to the district final against the winner of the West Orange - Evans High School semifinal game. They also advance to the state playoffs, which begin next week. Apopka's season ends with a 16-10 record.

The Mustangs are 21-5 after the victory, and have won 10 of their last 11 games. They won the 9A-3 District regular season with a 5-1 record, and are one win away from sweeping through in the district playoffs as well. They also won their three-game series with Apopka this season 3-0.

Wekiva Senior Paul Reed led all scorers with 25 points despite injuring his ankle in the third quarter. Junior Blue Darter Rodney Lubin led Apopka scorers with 19 points, including two three-point field goals.

Apopka took the early lead and closed-out the first quarter with a 14-11 advantage. But halfway through the second quarter the Mustangs broke the game open when Wekiva senior Ruben Sheppard scored eight straight points, highlighted by a steal of an Apopka pass at one end of the floor, and a fast break dunk on the other end to give Wekiva a 26-19 lead. The Mustang run continued with two electrifying dunks by Reed in front of two defenders, and then again off a rebound on their next possession. Wekiva outscored the Blue Darters 16-2 to end the half, and never trailed again.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Reed injured his ankle and left the game not to return until late in the third quarter. During his absence, Apopka cut the 13-point-lead to 36-31, but they never got closer.

Wekiva outscored the Blue Darters 20-14 the rest of the way, led by Reed's four field goals down the stretch.


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