By Pat Lammer
LAKELAND — Senior Diwun Black had a double-double to power Kissimmee Osceola past Wellington, 50-43, Saturday night in the Class 9A state championship game at RP Funding Center.
The 6-foot-5 Black scored 35 points and had 10 rebounds. Black connected on 12 of 19 field-goal attempts and made 10 of 10 free throws. Osceola finishes 26-6.
“He’s a difference-maker and unfortunately we didn’t have an answer for him,” Wellington coach Matt Colin said. “But I thought my kids played extremely hard.”
Linton Brown led Wellington (25-7) with 19 points and 8 rebounds in his final high school game.
It was Wellington’s fourth trip to the final four in five years and third appearance in the state title game in five years.
The game was tied 40-40 with 3:58 to play. The Kowboys made the plays down the stretch to finish on a 10-3 run.
Wellington led 15-14 after one quarter and 30-23 at the half. Osceola held the Wolverines to just 6 points in the third period to grab a 37-36 lead headed to the final eight minutes.
Wellington is a young squad. The Wolverines advanced to the final four by stunning Cypress Bay with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the regional final.
Your 2019 FHSAA champions:
9A: Kissimmee Osceola
8A: Blanche Ely
5A: University School
4A: Westminster Academy
3A: Tallahassee SJP II
2A: Orlando CFCA
1A: Madison County
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