CLEARWATER — Jamarcus Robertson scored 27 points to lead Tampa Bay Tech to a 89-80 road victory against Countryside in a Class 8A boys basketball region quarterfinal Thursday.
Tampa Bay Tech (22-10) will play St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
The Titans got out to a double-digit lead in the first half, and Robertson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 43-31 at halftime.
Tampa Bay Tech continued to push the pace on offense while Countryside tried to keep up but was unable to get defensive stops. David Cexil added another 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Titans their biggest lead, 69-50, at the end of the third.
"Countryside is a very tough team and if you let up they are going to make you look real bad," Titans coach Adrian Johnson said. "We were able to avoid some bad stretches by making big shots and hats off to my players."
Countryside (20-7) tried to peck away at the deficit in the fourth quarter. Matthew Berry had consecutive baskets to pull the Cougars to 84-76 with less than four minutes remaining, but Tyrick Brascom hit both ends of a one-and-one to push the lead back to 88-77. Tino Petrovic made a 3-pointer to make the score 88-80 but the Cougars could not get any closer.
"We're very happy to get out of here with a win," Johnson said. "We will work on the things we need to work on to keep this run going."
Brascom had 17 for the Titans and Cexil added 16 points.
C.J. Williams led the Cougars with 23 points, Petrovic had 21 and Berry finished with 14.