OCALA — Lakewood couldn’t keep things going in the 37th Annual Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament, but two of the three Hillsborough County entries recovered from opening-round losses.
The Spartans fell into the consolation bracket Tuesday with a 57-41 loss to University School-Nova, while Berkeley Prep and Wharton stayed alive with wins in the consolation bracket.
Lakewood (5-3) fell behind 10-0 and never led. The Spartans face Leesburg in today’s consolation bracket today at 3 p.m.
Michael Singleton led the Spartans with 14 points, but his team was outrebounded 44-20.
Quay Bain led University with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
In consolation bracket action, Berkeley Prep (7-3) made 13-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter and held on down the stretch for a 58-55 win over Class 6A Miami High.
Nelson Agholor led the Bucs with 15 points, while Reggie Barnes and Pierce Hunt contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.
For the game, Berkeley made 19-of-26 free throws and kept Miami High (8-5) at bay, after seeing a 12-point lead trimmed to three twice in the final 24.1 seconds.
With the win, the Bucs advance in the consolation bracket and will take on host Ocala Vanguard at noon today.
Meanwhile, Wharton got 22 points from A.J. Astroth in a 48-38 win over Roanoke (Va.) Catholic.
Xavier Owens added 12 points for the Wildcats (10-4), who held the Celtics (4-4) to 14 points in the second half.
Hillsborough County’s final tournament team, Tampa Prep (8-3), suffered its third straight defeat and was eliminated from the tournament after falling to Class 6A Orlando Evans 49-48.
Renni Lewis hit the go-ahead basket on a driving layup with 17.5 seconds left, but the Terrapins had a pair of chances to tie.
The last chance came on Josh Heath’s driving layup, which hit the bottom of the backboard as time expired.
Heath led the Terrapins with 14 points, while Quincy Mitchell scored 11.
Evans will take on Wharton at 1:30 today.