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Porter follows in dad's footsteps

Friday, March 19, 2010

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COLUMBIA -- It should come as no surprise that Otto Porter used his first time playing at the Hearnes Center to etch his name among the all-time greatest state tournament performers.

You could say his family has a bit of a history on this particular court.

Porter's father, Otto Sr., led the Braves to their first state title in 1976 on the very same floor, while achieving several offensive milestones.

The younger Porter followed in his father's footsteps Thursday night, using a huge first half performance to lead Scott County Central to a lopsided state semifinal victory over Dadeville.

Otto Jr. scored early and often, netting SCC's first six points and 14 of their first 16 on the way to a 16-point first quarter performance.

He didn't stop there. Porter went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the second quarter, pouring on another 12 points and finishing the half with a total of 28. Not only did Porter outscore the entire Dadeville lineup in the first half, Porter's 28 to Dadeville's 24, he also tied for the second-most points scored in a half in a Show-Me Showdown game. The record is 31 points.

Porter was 14-of-15 (93 percent) from the field in the first half and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Balanced scoring by the Braves, in addition to a hard fall around the three minute mark, limited Porter to only three points in the third quarter. Porter would play less than two minutes of the final period. However, his final field goal of the night, number 16, tied him with none other than Otto Sr. for the fourth-most field goals in a single Show-Me Showdown game.

When asked if his father gave him any special advice on playing on the same court as the Braves of old, Porter took what his father always tells him and put it to good use.

"He just told me to play hard," said Porter. "Everything else will take care of itself."

Porter finished with a hefty 33 points and 14 rebounds.

Despite the dominating performance, Porter was modest after the game.

"Once I got my rhythm it was kind of just going in for me," Porter said. "I just kept playing hard and buckets started to fall. I was trying to get us going. I was just trying to get us in a rhythm so we could pick up the pace and play harder."

Porter will have the chance to make more history Saturday, as he and the Braves play for state title number 14.