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Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic 50, Jesuit 39

TAMPA — Tampa Catholic senior Lashawn Harrison may have trouble remembering a certain stretch of the most stirring night of his prep basketball life.

He was unconscious for it, at least from behind the 3-point line.

Before 1,500 on senior night, Harrison sank three consecutive 3-pointers to ignite a 20-0 spurt midway through the game and lift Tampa Catholic (17-7) to a 50-39 triumph against rival Jesuit (21-3).

By the end of Friday night's run, Harrison (15 points) and Antonio Rubio (12) had teamed for six three-pointers against Jesuit's halfcourt zone, and TC led 36-21.

"I was confident," Harrison said. "The past couple of games I wasn't confident in my shot. We had a team meeting (Thursday), and we said to stick together, fight together. Tonight it was a great feeling. … The crowd was great. The fans deserve it the most."

Harrison's long-range daggers ended an early TC shooting funk and broke open a game that featured five lead changes in the first 13 minutes.

Jesuit, which entered on a 10-game win streak, went on an 8-0 run, capped by point guard Hunter Clonts' runner in the lane, to take a 21-16 lead with about three minutes to play in the first half.

But the Crusaders, disguising their defense and pressuring Clonts all the way up the court, wouldn't allow Jesuit to score again until Travis Johnson's inside basket with 5:18 to go in the third period.

"It finally puts us in a situation where we beat a really good team from Tampa," said TC coach Don Dziagwa, whose team was a combined 0-for-4 against Jesuit, Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep. "We like to think we're one of those teams … so it's nice to be able to knock one of them off."

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