[UPDATE] 3-4 11am --
Rickards H.S. Release:
Rickards will be welcoming their state championship men's basketball team back to school at 1:15pm this afternoon (3/4). Feel free to join the students, faculty and community leaders as they celebrate back to back championship seasons.
Rickards repeats as state champs with 60-54 OT win. Alyssa Orange is in Lakeland and will provide full coverage of the Raiders second straight 3A state championship.
Lakeland, FL (AP) - LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- D'Marnier Cunningham scored 19 points to lead Tallahassee Rickards back from a fourth quarter deficit as the Raiders defended their Class 3A state boys basketball title with a 60-54 overtime victory over Orlando Jones.
Rickards (23-7) trailed 46-39 with four minutes remaining Thursday before Cunningham scored seven straight to put the Raiders ahead 47-46.
Tied at 48, Desmond Gibson scored his first points of the game when he tipped in a basket and then added a lay-up, and Jamaal Dowdell added a basket as Rickards scored the first six points of overtime.
Chris Bryant had 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Rickards, and his dunk in the waning seconds sealed the victory.
Angelo Warner scored a game-high 29 to lead Jones, which finished 25-6.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.