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Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic star scores 50 in surpassing 1,000 points for his career

TAMPA — Tampa Catholic junior Chivarsky Corbett reached a major personal milestone in school-record fashion and carried the Crusaders into today's City of Tampa Championships final by scoring a 50 to eclipse 1,000 for his career on Friday.

Corbett also had 15 rebounds in a 105-89 victory over Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, as the Crusaders went 13-for-21 from 3-point range.

Tampa Catholic advances to play host Tampa Prep, a 65-35 winner over Robinson, in today's final.

Corbett's big night came on the heels of a 34-point performance Thursday. He needed just 17 to reach the 1,000-point mark, making it there shortly into the second quarter.

"It felt good to get the 1,000-point thing out of the way because I had been thinking about it all day," Corbett said. "I wasn't really thinking about the school record, but I remembered coach talking about someone beating it at the beginning of the season and was happy to go get 50."

In the other semifinal, the Terrapins allowed just 14 second-half points. Coach Joe Fenlon's frontcourt duo of freshman forward Juwan Durham and senior center Adonis Rwabigwi evenly split a combined eight blocks and four steals as his team increased its lead in the second half.

"We're fortunate to have those guys because we can funnel a lot of our play through them," Fenlon said. "In the second half I was really happy to see the guys getting into passing lanes and being active on the defensive end."

Rwabigwi led the Terrapins with 20 points, but the scoring was spread throughout the team. Two big factors were free throws and turnovers as Terrapins went to the line 23 times making 16 and forced 13 Robinson turnovers.

Three reach 1,000

In what might be a piece of Hillsborough County history, three players — Tampa Catholic's Chivarsky Corbett, Berkeley Prep's Justin Gray and Jesuit's Travis Johnson — all hit the 1,000-point mark for their careers on the same night. Corbett scored 50 Friday in the City of Tampa Championship semifinals to reach 1,033. Johnson scored 17 at the Gulfshore Invitational to hit 1,000 on the nose, as did Gray, who scored 19 at the Bright House tournament.

Boys basketball: Tampa Catholic star scores 50 in surpassing 1,000 points for his career 12/21/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 11:10pm]
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