The 6-foot point guard was able to penetrate against tight man-to-man defense for pull-up mid-range jumpers and driving layups, but O'Donnell found every shot contested from long range, and went 1-8 from behind the arc.
Said O'Donnell, "It was just one of those nights. When you have a night like that, the basket looks like a needle hole."
O'Donnell had reason to believe his squad could pull off the upset, since Largo earlier defeated the only team that had beaten Mariner all year, Fort Myers (27-3). Interestingly enough, Mariner will face Fort Myers again next in the playoffs.
Mariner played without leading scorer Dave Anderson (19.9 points per game), who his out for the year with a broken elbow, but received plenty of help from 6'9" Robert Ferguson, who had 23 points, 17 boards, and nine blocked shots.
A former summer basketball teammate of O'Donnell's, Ferguson said of O'Donnell, "I knew he was going to be a factor."
O'Donnell certainly was, but it wasn't quite enough to beat Ferguson and Mariner.