OCALA — Lakewood's depth played a huge role in its 47-40 win Monday over Roanoke (Va.) Catholic in the 37th Annual Kingdom of the Sun Tournament at Ocala Vanguard.
Hillsborough County teams in the tournament did not fare as well, as all three lost first-round games and fell to the consolation bracket.
Nova University School (7-1) used its defense to jump all over Wharton in a 53-29 win.
The Wildcats, who trailed by 14 at halftime, made just 10-of-34 shots and turned the ball over 17 times.
Xavier Owens led Wharton with 13 points.
Wharton (9-4) faces Roanoke Catholic (4-3) in the consolation bracket today at 9:30 a.m.
Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep also struggled in opening-round losses.
Tampa Prep (8-2) committed 32 turnovers and was routed 61-28 by Cincinnati LaSalle.
The Terrapins turned the ball over 19 times in the first half and trailed 35-17 against the Lancers (6-0), the top-ranked team in Cincinnati.
Devontae Morgan led Tampa Prep, which faces Orlando Evans in the consolation bracket today at 1 p.m., with eight points.
Berkeley Prep (6-3) was hit with a 16-3 run over the final four minutes of the first half and never recovered in a 74-60 loss to Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (7-1).
Josh Williams finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bucs, while Justin Gray scored 10.
Berkeley was outrebounded 46-23 and outscored 43-21 over the middle quarters.
The Bucs face Miami High in this morning's consolation bracket at 11.
Lakewood (5-2) advanced thanks to a 23-2 edge in bench scoring and a suffocating defense, which held Roanoke Catholic to 16 points in the second half on 6-of-17 shooting.
Semetrius Dennis led Lakewood with nine points and Michael Singleton added eight, including the go-ahead 3-pointer that snapped a 33-all tie at the 1:11 mark of the third quarter.
From there, the Spartans allowed just five points in the final quarter and kept the ball out of the hands of 6-foot-10 junior Andre Washington, who was held to 11 points.
The Spartans advanced to the tournament quarterfinals and will take on Nova University School today at 4.