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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Austin Rivers put on a show Saturday night, but teammate Robert Lovaglio put on a bigger one, scoring 24 points and picking up 16 rebounds in the regional championship.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010 10 years ago

Regional champions

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Winter Park destroyed First Coast en route to the state final four
by: Isaac Babcock Managing Editor

The Winter Park boys basketball team is flying high after the biggest win in the regional tournament so far. They spanked First Coast 87-41 Saturday night to cement their fourth regional championship in five years.

And Robert Lovaglio has a record to show for it. The Wildcats' senior forward passed the all-time school record for rebounds during his 24-point, 16-rebound performance. His teammate Austin Rivers poured on 28 points in the game.

The Wildcats had jumped out to a massive early lead and continued to pour on the pressure for the remainder of the game.

All of the team's starting lineup sat out the final few minutes, as other teammates got valuable playoff court experience on their way into the final four.

Despite running a bench-only team for the last four minutes, all 20 of the final points scored in the game came from Winter Park (26-5).

Now the Wildcats are on their way to a state final four showdown against Boyd Anderson, which squeaked by in a 56-55 win over Miramar Saturday. This is Boyd Anderson's second semifinal appearance in three years. During the Wildcats' current string of playoff appearances, the teams have never met.

For the Wildcats, the sting of a semifinal loss to Olympia in 2009 may still remain. That loss came despite the Cats having just blown out their previous opponent by nearly double the points.

The Cats tip off at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Lakeland Center.

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