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Boys basketball: Clearwater vs. Lakewood preview

When: Tonight, 8. Tickets are $3 and will be sold in advance at the school. The gymnasium seats 680 so get there early.

TV: The Bright House Sports Network will air the game live. It also will show replays at 2 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Outlook: This is the premier regular-season matchup between the top public schools in the county. Both are ranked in the Class 5A state poll (Lakewood No. 5, Clearwater No. 7) and are on track to meet again in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game. Last year, the Spartans beat the Tornadoes on the road 65-61 in the teams' only meeting. Clearwater has the height advantage with 6-foot-8 Okaro White and 6-9 Julien Sargent. Lakewood does not have a player taller than 6-5. But the Spartans have more depth, and coach Dan Wright uses his abundance of players to wear out teams with a pressing, running, fast-paced game. Lakewood also is shooting better this season and is led by Shamon Cox, Justin Minnis and Dominic Lane.

Boys basketball: Clearwater vs. Lakewood preview 01/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:37pm]

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