Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Boys basketball: Sickles 68, Wiregrass Ranch 36

TAMPA — So much for Jon Henson.

Of course, the 6-foot-9 center was one of the elite high school basketball players in the nation and helped lead Sickles to the region semifinals last year before taking his game to North Carolina.

But the Gryphons may have found the next player to take them to the playoffs.

Junior forward Rashawn Rembert scored a career-high 39 points, matching the school record set in 1999 by Justin Thompson, to lead Sickles to a convincing 68-36 win over Wiregrass Ranch in the SEBA Thanksgiving Classic at Berkeley Prep.

"Whoa, really?" Rembert said after the game when told of his total. "I was just trying to do whatever I could to help the team win."

And help he did as the humble, 6-foot-3 forward scored in every way possible — dunks, putbacks, three-pointers, midrange jumpers and free throws.

"We haven't seen guys that athletic up in our area," said the Bulls' 6-foot-9 senior center Eric Williams, who had 17 points. "He was tough to defend and just tough to play against."

Rembert has clearly emerged as one of the region's early stars after scoring 25 in Friday's 78-48 win over Ridgewood.

"Last year, with nine seniors on the team, he was kind of feeling his way around a bit and didn't want to step on anyone's toes," said Sickles coach Ronaldo Garcia, who was an assistant coach in 1999 when the 6-foot-5 Thompson set the school record. "When (Thompson) did it, it was mostly inside baskets but (Rashawn) demonstrated how versatile he is, scoring in so many different ways."

Berkeley Prep followed its win over King on Friday with an impressive showing against another public school, beating Class 6A Brandon 56-38.

"We're just beginning to get our basketball legs under us, and each game will get better and better for us," said sophomore guard Nelson Agholor, who led the Buccaneers with 21 points.

All five starters, including Agholor, just completed the football season for Berkeley Prep, and they have had only three days of basketball practice. Against the Eagles, the Buccaneers showed that the transition is in full swing as they changed a 24-24 tie at halftime into a 41-30 lead going into the fourth quarter thanks to nine points by Agholor in the period.

Wharton followed its 65-56 overtime victory against Orlando Evans on Friday with a 62-43 win over Ridgewood on Saturday. Damian Dixon scored 20 to lead the Wildcats.

Sickles68
Wiregrass Ranch36

Boys basketball: Sickles 68, Wiregrass Ranch 36 11/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. FSU-Tulane coming to Amalie Arena in December

    Blogs

    Florida State basketball is coming to Tampa.

  2. Is Mikhail Sergachev, who debuts with Lightning at Wednesday camp, ready for the NHL?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — When defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was taken ninth overall by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL draft, a horde of Montreal media surrounded him for his first news conference.

    Mikhail Sergachev takes a shot during warmups prior to a game between the Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes in October in Montreal. [Getty Images]
  3. Top pick Brendan McKay signing with Rays for $7M bonus

    Blogs

    The Rays are set to sign top pick 1B/LHP Brendan McKay for a bonus just over $7-million, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

    McKay was the No. 4 overall pick in the June 12 draft as he starred as a two-way player leading Louisville to the College World Series.

    The deal is expected to be finalized …

    Brendan McKay was the No. 4 overall pick in the June 12 draft as he starred as a two-way player leading Louisville to the College World Series.
  4. Vince Young takes shot at Bucs' Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Blogs

    Former NFL quarterback Vince Young, out of the league since 2011 and complaining about not getting more opportunities to prolong his career, took a shot at new Bucs backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in a story posted at …

    Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Bucs to be Jameis Winston's backup this fall, has played for six other NFL teams in his 12 seasons in the league.