Gibbs Subdues Ridge In Overtime Thriller
Sun. December 30, 2012 at 2:37 a.m. | By Nathan Halverson
Ridge Community's Marcus Russell and Gibbs High School's Daniel Davis (20) battle for a rebound during the first half. (Photo by MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER )
By NATHAN HALVERSON | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT
DAVENPORT | What a Rumble on the Ridge.
Barry Brown had a steal near halfcourt, and the ball eventually ended up in Darrel Fuller's hands as he scored a layup as time expired in overtime to give St. Petersburg Gibbs a 70-68 victory over Ridge Community Saturday night in the tournament final.
"We just told the guys we got to keep fighting," Gibbs head coach Larry Murphy said.
Michael Hall got a key steal near the end of regulation and was fouled with four seconds remaining, but he missed two free-throws for the Bolts (9-4).
Gibbs' Daniel Davis missed a deep 3-point field goal as time expired with the score tied 62-62. Fuller finished with six points for Gibbs (10-2).
"Focus and we played hard at the end," Fuller said.
Luis Zayas finished with a team-high 19 points for the Bolts.
"Emotions were very high, and we had opportunities to make layups and free-throws and we didn't capitalize," Ridge head coach Don Skipper said.
Wilfredo Rodriguez scored a game-high 26 points including clutch free-throws down the stretch as East River edged Haines City, 66-62 in the third-place game.
Four out of five starters reached double figures in scoring for the Hornets with D.J. Law leading the way with 24 points. Demaruis Span scored 13 points, while teammates Jack Tisdale and Osney Vital each scored 12 for Haines City (7-6).
Chance McSpadden scored 30 points and dished out six assists as Winter Haven came back and dominated the second half to beat Clearwater Central Catholic, 73-66 in the fifth-place game.
The Blue Devils (5-4) outscored CCC (3-8) 45-29 during the second half to secure the victory.
Tenoroc held off a strong second half from Hillsborough to win, 68-67 to place seventh in the tournament.
The Titans were outscored 45-30 in the second half but still managed to win.
Kavontis Moore scored a team-high 17 points to lead Tenoroc.