Bloodhounds, Devils Pick Up Mosaic Stinger Shootout Wins
Sun. February 03, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Lakeland's Tajuan Payne goes to the basket with the ball against the Brandon Eagles during Saturday's game. (Photo by RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER)
By DICK SCANLON
BARTOW | Judging by the results, it was not a great day for Polk County's boys high school basketball teams, but eight of them got good pre-tournament tune-ups against quality opponents Saturday in the Mosaic Stinger Shootout at Bartow High School.
Of the first seven Polk teams to play, only Auburndale and Winter Haven came away with victories. Defending Class 5A state champion Lake Wales played Orlando Dr. Phillips in a late game.
Bartow, ranked second in Class 7A, took a tough 48-43 overtime loss to Tampa Prep in the second of three night games which were televised live by the Bright House Sports Network.
The Yellow Jackets (21-3) had a hard time with Tampa Prep's zone defense, which neutralized 6-foot-9 Christopher Perry in the second half.
Derrick Brooks scored 16 points for the Jackets, who had a 43-41 lead until Tampa Prep scored the final seven points on five free throws and a game-clinching dunk by Durham with five seconds left.
Senior Elmo Stephen led Auburndale with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but it was sophomore guard Rosemond Alexis who made most of the big plays for the Bloodhounds in the fourth quarter of a 55-52 win over Tampa Berkeley Prep (18-5).
Second-ranked Auburndale (21-2) had a 13-point lead in the first half, but ran into turnover problems in the fourth quarter and fell behind.
After a layup by Craig Bowman put Berkeley Prep up, 52-48, with less than two minutes left, Alexis made four consecutive free throws, then deflected a pass that led to a turnover and a free throw for Stephen.
Chance McSpadden scored 26 points and Darius James took down 10 rebounds for Winter Haven (16-8) in a 50-47 victory over Wekiva (Apopka).
Joshua Filmore and Nathan Powell scored 13 points each for Wekiva (13-10), but the Blue Devils held Wekiva to 27 percent shooting.
In other games Saturday:
St. Petersburg Gibbs held George Jenkins (11-12) to eight points in the second half, blowing the game open in the third quarter of a 49-21 victory.
Center Roderick Davis scored 18 points on 6 of 7 shooting to lead Brandon (15-6) to a 53-44 victory over Lakeland.
Trent Pearson led the Dreadnaughts (6-14) with 14 points.
Raymond Santiago had 17 points and six rebounds for Tampa Sickles (20-4) in a 41-27 victory over Tenoroc.
Led by Isaiah Jackson's 20 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists, Gainesville (16-8) shot 54 percent in a 75-53 victory over McKeel Academy.
Cory Sanders scored a game-high 28 points for McKeel.