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Boys basketball: As Anclote settles in, roster starts to click

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Tue. December 13, 2011 | Basil Spyridakos

HOLIDAY — Anclote coach Jason Szymanski preaches dependability and wants his players to further their development while sharpening their skills. With huge games from Chris Gregory and Brandon McWhorter, Anclote cruised to an 81-61 victory over Class 5A, District 8 rival Gulf on Tuesday night.

“Our first couple of games we had some ups and downs, and we weren’t consistent,” Szymanski said. “We talked about having more consistent play, and I think it just took some games underneath our belt to get everyone on the same page.”

McWhorter had a game-high 27 points with two steals, while Gregory had 24 and four steals. The Sharks forced 18 turnovers and outrebounded the Buccaneers 28-18.

“Coach told us to go out there and have fun,” Gregory said. “We don’t lose at home. That’s our motto.”

Anclote (7-0, 5-0) went on a 10-2 run to end the third quarter with Gregory forcing a steal and going the other way for an uncontested layup for a 56-38 lead.

Gulf (4-5, 2-4) struggled to penetrate Anclote’s suffocating fullcourt press, constantly throwing the ball out of bounds or turning over the ball.

Damion Hicks nearly earned a double double, scoring 16 and grabbing nine rebounds for Gulf.

“It’s a great feeling being undefeated,” Szymanski said. “We’re tied with Wesley Chapel, and they’re having a great season. We’ve got to keep it going and hope it doesn’t fall apart.”

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