Martin County had no answer for Osceola’s depth and athleticism as the Kowboys basketball team rolled to an 89-64 win over the Eagles in a Region 9A-2 quarterfinal Thursday night.
Osceola, 22-6 on the season and winners of 10 straight, travel to Vero Beach (25-3), in Tuesday’s regional semifinal. Former Poinciana coach Shane Whitsett coaches the Indians.
Thursday’s game was decided quickly. Center Diwun Black scored a game-high 32 points, including 13 in the first quarter. Osceola scored the first five points in the game and never trailed.
“We are playing our best basketball season at the right time,” Kowboys Head Coach Nate Alexander said. “We were able to pressure the ball and force some mistakes and once we got the lead we kept our foot on the gas.”
Using a nine-man rotation, Osceola built a 22-13 lead after one quarter and extended the lead 20 at halftime, 42-22. Black was the star of the half, hitting three three-point field goals and tallying 19 points and five rebounds in the half.
Black added nine in the third period and Josh Marte added seven as Osceola blew the game open in the third period by grabbing a 70-45 lead.
Osceola had three players in double figures; Josh Marte had 14 points and Isaiah Palermo had 10. Eleven Kowboys scored as Alexander emptied his bench to start the fourth quarter.
“Our depth has definitely been a big advantage for us,” Alexander added. “As we move deeper into the tournament it’s nice to know we have nine or 10 guys that have played significant minutes this year.”
George Johnson led all Martin County (15-12) scorers with 13 points, Jordan Kitchen added 11.