Mango tea, trying to formulate a prediction on the Guy Toph winner (leaning toward Maurice Hagens), checking the boxscores.
TEAM OF THE NIGHT
Berkeley Prep isn't as explosive or loaded as in years past, but the Bucs' reliance on balance and defense is yeilding some of the same results, like Tuesday night's 66-59 win over red hot Tampa Catholic in a battle of Class 3A, District 10 unbeatens.
The Bucs (14-5, 3-0) have only one player, Nelson Agholor at 11 ppg, averaging in double figures, but he wasn't even one of the four that scored in double digits against the Crusaders. Those would be Josh Williams (13), Tyler Davis (12), Reggie Barnes (12) and Pierce Hunt (10). Agholor had nine and nine rebounds.
Most impressively, they held Tampa Catholic (16-3, 3-1) under 60 points for just the third time all season. That should come as no surprise, considering the Bucs have held 11 opponents under 50 this season.
Runnerup: Land O'Lakes girls soccer, 0-1-1 against Zephyrhills this season, got two goals from Alexis Villar and one each from Nikki Forcier and Lailoni Kailami to beat the Bulldogs 4-0 in the district playoffs. That's now one goal allowed in the past nine matches.
1. Jami Ring scored a team-high 16 for the Indian Rocks Christian girls hoopsters, and hit four of her team's 10 3-pointers.
2. Wesley Chapel's Shantel Houston dropped in 24 in a win for the hot Wildcats.
3. Mitchell's Jake Driscoll scored a career-high 30 points in the Mustangs loss to Wesley Chapel.
4. Plant's Rebecca Marve scored a career-high 15 in a victory over Bloomingdale. Her previous high was 12.
5. You can add Bayshore Christian's Fred Lewis to the 40-point club. The Faith Warrior senior scored a career-high 41 in a victory over Tampa Bay Christian, joining Calvary Christian's Kyle Wiedinger, Plant's Michael Frazier and St. Petersburg Catholic's Jerica Coley as local standouts that have scored 40 in a game this season. (Am I missing anyone?)
6. Cambridge Christian's Cameron Brown scored 27 points in a victory over Keswick, with teammate Spencer Smith scoring 21.
7. Speaking of Wiedinger, he scored 27 points in a loss to Indian Rocks Christian, which got 20 and four 3-pointers from Tommy McGarry.
8. Even without their leading scorer, Springstead is on to the girls soccer region playoffs after a 3-0 district semifinal win over Central.
9. The Northside Christian girls, one of the top 2A teams in the area, failed to get a single player in double figures Tuesday....and still won by 32 points. The Mustangs (18-4) had 10 players score four or more.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
Wesley Chapel's Christian Parra (20 points) nails a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to lift the Wildcats over Mitchell. Times reporter Izzy Gould and the love of his life, his iPhone, caught the game winner below:
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 70
That's how many points the Gulf girls basketball team won by Tuesday night, 76-6. Is there any other sport that features such incredibly lopsided scores as girls basketball, where the gap between the good teams and the bad ones is wider? I don't think so. Gulf already has a 100-2 victory over Anclote from earlier this season, but lest you think I'm picking on the Bucs in any way, Boca Ciega had 62- and 81-point wins in consecutive games, Lakewood had 72-point wins in back-to-back games and Clearwater has a 68-point win. Yowza.
STAT OF THE DAY
Plant's Michael Frazier tore it up again, scoring 37 points in a win over Bloomingdale.
And he made all three of his free throws. Since his two worst games from the line (4-of-8 combined in consecutive losses to Blake and North Port, the latter of which held him to a season-low seven points), Frazier has made 58 of his past 66 freebies for 88 percent. Even more impressive, he has made 37 of his past 39 free throws, an amazing 95 percent.
MY TWO CENTS
Wanna know how to almost lose a game you're supposed to win easily? Make just 8 of 23 free throws like Wiregrass Ranch did in a 42-40 win over Zephyrhills. Best to get those out of the way now, since you won't get that chance in the postseason.
It'll be interesting to see how the Nature Coast Tech boys fare tonight against Oldsmar Christian, which is essentially a traveling AAU all-star team of sorts with some real talent. The Sharks are one of those teams with enough pieces to do something in the playoffs, if they can put them together.
I like Maurice Hagens for the Guy Toph. (Is it just me, or does Hillsborough County have all the cool awards while Pinellas has, like, none?)
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Photo: Berkeley Prep's Josh Williams