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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Boys basketball: Tampa Bay Tech 78, Plant City 56

Plant City guard Tarik Mckelpin tries to find room to drive on Friday night, but Tampa Bay Tech guard Ashtin Dore (right) never offered many openings. Tampa Bay Tech went on to beat the Raiders 78-56 and improve to 5-0.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Plant City guard Tarik Mckelpin tries to find room to drive on Friday night, but Tampa Bay Tech guard Ashtin Dore (right) never offered many openings. Tampa Bay Tech went on to beat the Raiders 78-56 and improve to 5-0.

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December

PLANT CITY — The Tampa Bay Tech boys basketball team is in a serious groove and so far nobody has been able to hang with them.

The latest Titan victim came Friday night at Plant City where Tech was relentless in every way from start to finish.

The final score — Tech 78, Plant City 56 — was indicative of the dominance in Friday’s game and in all their games. With Friday’s victory, the Titans have run their record to 5-0, have won every game by at least 12 points and by an average of 19 points.

Afterward Friday's victory, however, TBT coach Adrian Johnson made sure to keep things in perspective.

“There are things we can improve on,” Johnson said. “I think we are getting a little better every day and we want that to continue. We play real well together, but we’re young and we still have plenty to learn.”

TBT’s starting five — Tyrick Brascom, Michael Penix, Ashtin Dore, Jamarcus Robertson and Tyrese Williams — are all underclassmen, but they are all quick and athletic and they offer intriguing, unselfish outside/inside combinations.

On Friday, it was on full display with guards Brascom, Dore and Robertson scoring 20, 14 and eight points, respectively, on a mix of outside shooting and drives to the hole.

The Titans’ inside players, 6-foot-5 Penix and the 6-6 Williams, scored 16 and 10 respectively, but also grabbed 14 and 12 rebounds apiece.

Many times, Penix and Williams finished off fast breaks with alley-oop dunks.

Before Friday night, it appeared that Plant City (5-2) would give TBT a tough fight, but a few minutes into the contest the Titans jumped to a double-digit lead that it never gave up.

“These guys all work hard together,” Johnson said. “We are excited about what is possible.”

[Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2016 11:10pm]

    

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