Area teams rule the day at the Bobcat Shootout


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

In a game that saw 19 lead changes and 15 ties, Gainesville needed three overtimes to beat Winter Springs, holding off the pesky Bears for a hard-fought 99-91 win in the third game of the Bobcat Shootout on Saturday.

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Hurricane coach Tony Wise said the experience his team gained in close games last year has helped his team pull out close games like this one all season.

"We lost so many close ones last year because we were so young," Wise said. "Now we've developed a sense of how to win these close games. These guys just don't quit."

Gainesville (17-4) led for most of the second half until Winter Springs tied the game at 62 with 5:16 left in regulation. With the score tied at 66, the Bears (14-7) got a layup from Brian Holmes to go up by two with 1:39 left in the fourth.

The Hurricanes answered right back with a layup from Anthony Nwadigo to tie the game at 68. Winter Springs then held the ball around the perimeter, trying to get the final shot. But senior Barnell Warren came up with a steal and called timeout with two seconds left. Nwadigo's desperation shot from halfcourt drew iron, sending the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, Daniel Kuhl hit an eight-foot jumper to tie the game at 73 with one minute to play. GHS had a chance to win, but Taylor Simmons' runner missed as time expired.

It looked like the 'Canes would be able to wrap the game up in the second overtime, as Warren hit two free-throws with 37 seconds left to put GHS up 84-81. But the Bears answered again. Lorne Merthie hit a 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds left to tie the game, and GHS sophomore Greg Gantt missed his 3-point shot at the buzzer.

The third OT proved to be a little anti-climatic, as GHS went on a 6-0 run to close out the game. Gantt scored five of his game-high 24 points in the final overtime period and added 10 assists.

"He's playing like a seasoned veteran, not a kid that just turned 15," Wise said of Gantt. "I think he'd be the first to tell you that his teammates have done a great job setting him up."

SANTA FE 65, BRADENTON MANATEE 56

With Santa Fe's offense struggling in the second half, junior point guard Steven Shipwash helped pick up the slack, scoring 20 of his 27 points in the second half to help give the Raiders (13-7) their fifth win in a row.

"We got a lot of effort from Steven Shipwash in the second half," Santa Fe coach Scott McDaniel said. "If he doesn't do that, I don't know who does. He's our best player, in terms of his importance to our team, and he showed that in the second half of this game."

A controversial call late in the game helped seal the victory for Santa Fe. With Manatee (6-10) trailing by five with about a minute left in the game, the Raiders called a timeout, but the officials didn't make a signal until after Manatee stole the ball from Santa Fe's Darrian Taylor. After the apparent steal, the referees called timeout for Santa Fe. Manatee's coach received two technical fouls for arguing the call, and junior Chanci Miller hit all four free-throws to push the lead out to nine.

BUCHHOLZ 58, WEST PORT 48

Brian Frank scored 20 points and Trae Mayberry added 18 to propel host Buchholz to a 58-48 win over West Port.

The Bobcats (11-10) led the entire game, turning a 16-5 first-quarter lead into a 32-17 halftime difference. The lead would extend to a game-high 17 entering the fourth quarter.

Four West Port three pointers in the fourth would trim the lead to 56-48 with 46.3 seconds left, but the Wolf Pack would get no closer, as the Bobcats earned their 11th victory of the season.

Matt Wise led the Bobcats in rebounding with seven. Buchholz out-rebounded West Port 22-14.

"We talked about playing four full quarters tonight, but we got about three and a half in," said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski. "We were all disappointed with how we finished the game, but you always have to give the other team credit. West Port came back and hit some big threes to end the game."

THE ROCK 54, MOUNT DORA 39

The Rock notched three double-digit scorers and used solid defense to defeat Mount Dora in the final game of the Shootout.

After battling to an 11-11 tie to end the first quarter, the Lions held the Hurricanes to a combined 11 points in the second and third quarters, as The Rock's lead grew to as much as 21 in the fourth quarter.

Mount Dora was playing without both members of its starting backcourt, who were injured in the first quarter.

Vytas Sulskis led the way for the Lions with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Anton Tuz contributed 18 points and nine rebounds, and Josh Snodgrass added 14 points.

"We are a lot bigger than they are," said The Rock coach Svend Wilbekin, who was coaching in his first game at Buchholz since winning the "Hustling Bobcat" award as a player in 1985. "Anton played phenomenally. We have been working down low with his post moves lately, and it showed tonight."

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