Local boys basketball teams fare well in Belleview


Published: Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 11:45 p.m.

The Gainesville Hurricanes (13-7) used an 18-1 run during the fourth quarter to pull away from the Oldsmar Christian Eagles (18-7) in Belleview High School's Diamondback Challenge.

GHS took the lead for good on a basket by Anthony Nwadigo with 7:02 remaining and made 11-of-12 free throws over the final 3:41 in gaining a 71-56 win.

For the game, GHS made 15-of-16 from the charity stripe.

Nwadigo came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Greg Gantt scored 14 points. Gabe Rutledge added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Hurricanes.

Chris Perez and Jeff Espinal scored 16 points each to pace Oldsmar.

Perez, though, needed 23 shots to account for his points and the Eagles went almost seven minutes without a basket in the final quarter.

LAKE BRANTLEY 58, THE ROCK 57: D. J. Hicks hit the go-ahead free throw with 9.9 seconds left to play as the Patriots (11-10) got past the Lions (12-5).

Anton Tuz, who made a pair of free throws with 25.4 seconds remaining to put The Rock ahead 57-56 before Hicks' foul shots, was short on an open 3-pointer as time expired.

The Rock trailed by as many as 7 points during the second, but launched a nice comeback in a game that featured four lead changes in the final 1:36.

A 3-pointer by Chris Peoples at the 1:36 mark gave the Lions their first lead since the 4:18 mark of the first half.

After Peoples' 3-pointer, Hicks made a pair of free throws and after a turnover and an ill-advised 3-pointer by the Lions and Patriots respectively, Tuz was fouled and put the Rock back on top.

Hicks, though, got into the lane on the ensuing posession and drew a foul. He calmly made his first free throw and then canned the second following a timeout by The Rock

Hicks grabbed 13 rebounds for Lake Brantley, which made 16-of-20 foul shots, compared to 5-of-8 for the Lions.

Mitch McGrath scored 17 to pace the Patriots, while Jeremy Edmunds scored 11.

Lake Brantley made 7-of-12 shots from 3-point range and 17-of-34 overall.

Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points to lead The Rock and Trey Mayberry came off the bench to add 11 points and 7 rebounds.

P.K. YONGE 61, CLEARWATER CALVARY CHRISTIAN 44: The Blue Wave (16-4), ranked No. 9 in Class 3A, jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead and were never threatened by the Warriors (14-6).

Josh Snodgrass scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half to lead the way for P.K. Yonge. Snodgrass ripped down 11 rebounds and shot 9-of-15.

Autris Gibson and Devin Wilson scored 10 points each for the Blue Wave. Gibson and Carl Brown grabbed six rebounds each for P.K. Yonge.

The Blue Wave led 23-11 after a quarter of play and went up by as many as 24 points in the first half.

Calvary Christian shot 6-of-30 and was outrebounded 25-15 during the first half.

Emmanuel Delgado scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Warriors, while 6-foot-7 Christian Bibi Ndongo scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Bibi Ndongo needed 18 shots to get his points and the Warriors ended the game shooting 17-of-55, compared to 27-of-51 for P.K. Yonge.

EASTSIDE 58, AUBURNDALE 45: The Rams (14-6) followed up Friday's win over rival Gainesville High with a win over the Bloodhounds (12-9).

Eastside made 10-of-15 shots during the third quarter, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and scored 24 points, one less than its production over the entire first half.

The Rams led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter and coasted from there.

Ty Armstrong scored 12 points for Eastside, while Dennis Mavin added 9. Jarrett Gillian grabbed 10 rebounds for the Rams, who held Auburndale to 15-of-43 shooting.

Tyler Auerbacher, a North Florida signee, led the Bloodhounds with 17 points. Auerbacher was 6-of-18 shooting, which included a 5-of-16 mark from 3-point range.

Paul Cooper, a Tennessee Tech signee, finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks for Auburndale.

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