Ray Shipman 

Game 1 – Pace (FL) vs. Gainesville (FL) 72 to 65

In this game Pace used a big 2nd and 4th quarter to seal a hard fought victory over Gainesville High. The game started out at a quick pace with Gainesville leading 22 to 15 after the 1st quarter. Greg Gantt started the game out on a tear from behind the arc with two quick 3 pointers on route to 12 points in the 1st quarter.

Pace and Florida signee Ray Shipman completely dominated the 2nd quarter out scoring Gainesville 22 to 7. They used pressure defense to force 8 turnovers in the 1st half. Ray Shipman finished with 14 points in the half for Pace. Greg Gantt led all scorers at the half with 16 points.

The start of the 2nd half was the same as the first each team made runs back and forth at each other. Gantt continued to be hot from the outside as he scored 10 points in the quarter to give Gainesville a 47 to 46 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Pace was able to outlast the runs made by Gainesville in the 4th quarter and seal the victory by making their free throws at the end of the game. Ray Shipman made a couple of big buckets in the 4th quarter. The Spartans earned a hard fought 72 to 65 victory.

The leading scorer was Greg Gantt who finished the game with 32 points on 12-15 shooting and 8-9 from behind the arc. Ray Shipman finished with 20 points and 4 rebounds in the win. Junior Rakeem Buckles had a solid game for Pace finishing with 16 points and 5 rebounds. VCU signee Terrence Saintil totaled 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Point Guard Reggie Chamber helped the balanced attack for Pace finishing with 15 points.