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Boys basketball: Unbeaten Tampa Prep hands Tampa Catholic first loss to win City of Tampa Championship

TAMPA — The 10th edition of the City of Tampa Championship boys basketball tournament final had all the makings of a great matchup.

Tampa Catholic and host Tampa Prep, both undefeated this season, are coming off state final four appearances from last season. They both also play similar up-tempo styles and are guided by two of the all-time winningest coaches in Hillsborough County history.

Tampa Prep made runs early in the first half to build a double-digit lead and went on to claim its fourth tournament title in five years with a 60-46 win over the Crusaders on Friday night.

Junior center Adonis Rwabigwi had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Butler University-bound senior guard Devontae Morgan added 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Tampa Prep (11-0). Junior guard Josh Heath added 10 points and 12 assists for the Terrapins, who lost the championship final of this event last season to Blake.

"We're just happy to win," Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon said. "This tournament is special to us."

"Last year we lost in the final, so it's good to come out and win it all," said Morgan, the tournament MVP who has helped the Terrapins to two titles at this event. "It means a lot. There were a lot of great players (to win MVP) before me."

Sophomore Chivarsky Corbett led Tampa Catholic (10-1) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Terrapins led 30-15 at the half and by as much as 22 points in the third quarter.

Tampa Catholic went on an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 51-38, but Tampa Prep responded with a 7-3 run to halt the Crusaders' momentum.

Tampa Prep hasn't lost on its home floor since falling to Blake in that final last season.

"We want to go (this season) without a loss on our homecourt," Fenlon said.

In the third-place game earlier, Sam Powers scored 16 to lead Plant past Chamberlain 57-48. The Chiefs' Reggie Hart scored 27 in a losing effort.

.Fast Facts

All-tournament team:

Blake: Clarence Peterson

Chamberlain: Reggie Hart

King: Clyde Wright

Plant: Sam Powers

Robinson: Justin Madison

Sickles: Eric Floyd

Tampa Catholic: Isiah Thomas, Chivarsky Corbett

Tampa Prep: Josh Heath, Devontae Morgan*

* Tournament MVP

Boys basketball: Unbeaten Tampa Prep hands Tampa Catholic first loss to win City of Tampa Championship 12/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 10:58pm]
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