TAMPA — Berkeley Prep defeated Tampa Catholic 76-71 in a key District 3A-10 matchup Wednesday night.
“Kids who go to Berkeley Prep or Tampa Catholic know the matchup and the players thrive on the pressure,” Buccaneers coach Bobby Reinhart said. “The pressure out there was as intense I have ever seen it.”
The Buccaneers scored the first six points and were 10-for-18 from the line in the first half. But the Crusaders took advantage of the Buccaneers’ weak defensive transition in the first half and the Crusaders’ Chivarsky Corbett added 13 first-half points as his team led 41-37 at halftime.
The Buccaneers improved defensively in the second half, cutting down on turnovers. With a 65-57 lead early in the fourth quarter, they were slowly pulling away.
Even with a late fourth-quarter rally by the Crusaders, the Buccaneers held on to win the game.
“Coach has us playing faster this year,” said Bucs senior Josh Williams, who led his team with 18 points. “We are playing more aggressive this season and stepping up defensively.”
Lashawn Harrison and Corbett led the Crusaders with 20 points each. Corbett was 5-for-5 from the line.
Nelson Agholor added 17 points for the Buccaneers.