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Wed. December 19, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Boys hoops: Hillsborough County notebook

The one week in which Tampa Prep is prohibited from playing or practicing (due to final exams) has been the season's most hectic for coach Joe Fenlon.

Some scheduling "mix-ups" had Fenlon scrambling at the 11th hour to fill two bracket spots in the 11th annual eight-team City of Tampa Championships, which the Terrapins host starting Thursday.

As a result, the tourney shapes up more as an invitational, though with the reigning champion Terps in the field (along with Tampa Catholic, Blake, Chamberlain, Plant and Robinson), the winner still lays a rightful claim to the title of city champion.

The late entrants: undefeated Sarasota Cardinal Mooney and Kissimmee's Life Academy (9-1). They open Thursday against Plant and Tampa Catholic, respectively.

CAN HART HIT THE TOP 20? Chamberlain senior two-guard Reggie Hart's recent string of 30-point nights has him in contention to finish among Hillsborough County's top 20 career scorers.

Hart averaged 35 points in three games last week, putting him at 1,560 points -- give or take a field goal -- for his career, Coach Christopher Snyder said. His 18 in Tuesday's 59-58 loss at Freedom puts him at No. 35 on the county list.

With no fewer than 11 games remaining, he appears to have a solid chance at the No. 20 spot occupied by Tampa Prep alumnus Anddrikk Frazier (1,852). Jesse Salters remains Chamberlain's all-time scoring king (2,222).

EYEING THE MILLENIAL MARK: If he maintains his current torrid scoring pace, 6-foot-6 Tampa Catholic junior Chivarsky Corbett will reach the 1,000-point mark for his career during the City of Tampa Championships.

Corbett, a former Crusaders quarterback who gave up football after the 2011 season, enters the three-day event with 949 career points. In seven games, he's averaging nearly a double-double (22.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg).

ODDS AND ENDS: The most balanced offense in the county may reside at Jesuit. Four Tigers are averaging between 13-15 points. ... Tampa Prep has won four of the last five City of Tampa titles. ... Robinson is 4-1 since the Knights' extended football season ended. Among the late arrivals -- 6-4 senior Justin Madison (15.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg). "Justin, Bruce (Hector, a two-way lineman) and Nahshon (Simmons, a defensive tackle) have been working hard to get their basketball legs back," Coach Steve Smith said. "It's been tough since we played four games last week and five games this week, so practice is limited but they are doing well."... Fenlon was among the 19,192 inside the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday in Indianapolis when Butler upset top-ranked Indiana, 88-86, in overtime. Former Terrapin Devontae Morgan is a Bulldogs freshman.
 

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