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TAMPA — For at least one game against a quality foe, veteran Blake coach Winston Davis wanted to see his team blend its physical attributes with one elusive virtue.
Monday night, in the Yellow Jackets’ 19th contest, Davis got his wish. For the better part of 32 minutes against resurgent Newsome (14-7), Blake’s length, athleticism and muscle were complemented by patience.
The result was a 56-38 triumph, snapping the Wolves’ six-game win streak and keeping the Jackets (18-1) unbeaten against in-state competition.
“We finally looked disciplined,” Davis said. “If we keep doing that, we’re going to be untouchable.”
On a night when Newsome couldn’t find its shooting touch (3-for-10 from the free-throw line), the Jackets weren’t significantly more efficient, but compensated by remaining under control and owning the offensive glass.
Leading the charge on the boards was 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior Curt Fountain (18 points, 10 rebounds), whose 14 second-half points came on an assortment of putbacks and simple layups in which he found himself isolated underneath.
“I thought Curtis played one of his best ever,” Davis said.
Nonetheless, Newsome hung around, cutting its deficit to 44-37 on senior Trent Mackey’s jumper near the free-throw line with 3:52 to play. But the Wolves never hit another field goal as Blake converted 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch.
“We were trying to hang around,” Wolves coach Jon Mackey said. “We played some zone, played some man, but it’s hard to block out on them in the zone, and they got offensive rebounds which was the difference, there’s no doubt about that.”
Jackets point guard — and Winthrop signee — Andre Smith led all scorers with 19. Trent Mackey had 18 to lead the Wolves.