Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

5A boys basketball: Newsome falls just short of a fairy-tale ending as Bartow wins 60-58

LITHIA — The underdog card ran out for host Newsome in Saturday night's Class 5A region final.

Not given much of a playoff chance, thanks in part to six previous seasons without a postseason victory, the Wolves came within one game — two points actually — of a state final four berth.

Bartow, a state finalist last season, dashed their hopes with a 60-58 win.

"We were one game away, two points," Newsome coach Jon Mackey said. "I'm proud of how far we've gone."

Newsome, riding a six-game win streak, was outscored in each of the first three quarters and trailed by 11 points before reversing that trend in the final stanza.

The Wolves outscored the Yellow Jackets 27-18 the rest of the way, but sill came up short.

Baskets in the lane by Trent Mackey and Jake Hodges pulled Newsome within three points (58-55) of Bartow with 10 seconds left, but Jerimiah Samarrippas clinched it by making two free throws.

Newsome's Samal Shepherd scored a game-high 19 points, Hodges had 17 and Mackey 11. Samarrippas led Bartow (23-5) with 17 while three teammates each finished with nine.

Newsome (22-9) took an early lead at 8-3, but wound up behind 17-11 in the first quarter and never got within two points again.

"We kind of played up and down and they came back and kept the lead," Jon Mackey said.

"There's times when we played well, then there's times when we went in the tank. If we could have been a little more consistent."

5A boys basketball: Newsome falls just short of a fairy-tale ending as Bartow wins 60-58 02/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 27, 2010 11:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  2. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now


    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.
  3. Four questions the Lightning still has to answer

    Lightning Strikes

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The Lightning made its biggest round of cuts Monday, with some of the big-name prospects heading out.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) looks on from the bench during a shift change at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17). In background on right is Nikita Kucherov (86). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  4. Nine Florida football players, 62 felony complaints in fraud scandal


    GAINESVILLE — The fraud scandal that has engulfed the University of Florida's nationally ranked football team for weeks exploded Monday with the first detailed accounts of criminal accusations that threaten to derail the Gators' season.

    Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  5. Where Rays shortstop Matt Duffy's lost season leads

    The Heater

    BRADENTON — In a perfect world, Matt Duffy would have been in New York on Monday with his Rays teammates enjoying the final off day of the year. Instead, he was on Field 4 at Pirate City on a sweltering afternoon, trying to restart his season.

    Rays shortstop Matt Duffy plays in his first game (since rehab was aborted) with the club's instructional league on Monday at the Pirate City baseball field and spring training complex in Bradenton [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]