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Host Young wasted little time dispatching Reavis in the third quarter of its Class 4A regional semifinal Tuesday night.
After a back-and-forth first half that ended with Young ahead 33-22, the Dolphins scored 17 unanswered points in a four-minute span to open the third quarter. The run was highlighted by a Miles Reynolds giveback for a ferocious slam from Duke recruit Jahlil Okafor.
Reynolds finished with 18 points and five assists and Okafor added 15 points and seven rebounds as No. 2 Young ousted Reavis 76-44.
“The first half we didn’t really play state championship basketball,” Reynolds said. “I got sidelined with two quick fouls in the first quarter, but we managed to clean it up in the second half.”
Young (22-6) advances to face the winner of De La Salle vs. Brother Rice 7 p.m Friday for the Young Regional championship.
Reavis (15-12) managed to hang tough through two quarters behind the play of Eddie Puha, who scored a game-high 19 before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
A Puha put-back with two minutes to play in the second frame brought the Rams within 24-19, but Skyler Nash (18 points) scored four points before the quarter expired as the Dolphins started to get things rolling.
“Unfortunately when you play teams that the guys feel they can beat, you kind of do things that are abnormal and get out of the flow of what you should be doing,” Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “I think that’s what happened early on — we didn’t quite have the focus. I think our guys responded well in the second half.”
Abdalrhman Ishtaiah chipped in 11 points for Reavis.
Young’s Paul White, a Georgetown recruit, dressed but did not play.