Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater boys win Bright House Shootout over St. Petersburg

CLEARWATER — The exploits of 6-foot-9 Florida State commitment Okaro White and 6-foot-9 senior center Julien Sargent have been well-chronicled during their high school careers.

But, it's a number of lesser known contributors that, combined with the twin towers inside, have the Tornadoes playing at a high level right now.

Saturday against St. Petersburg in the Bright House Shootout, all of Clearwater's components were clicking in a 78-61 victory.

"We've got a whole lot of players that can play," White said.

Point guard Regan O'Rourke drained two three-pointers in the second half and had 16 points overall. Sophomore guard Joey Nungester came off the bench to add 12 points.

Of course, White's stat line of 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks didn't hurt either.

"This is probably the best we've been pushed," Clearwater coach Allen Carden said. "This was a quality game. It was physical, it was tough, and I really liked that. I think our kids responded. We just kept pounding it inside."

White, despite picking up his second foul with 3:44 left in the first quarter, was a terror for the Tornadoes (8-0). When the junior wasn't scoring layups, he was at the foul line (12-for-14).

"We had to hide him a little bit in the first half to keep him from picking up another foul, but he was a beast there in the second half," Carden said.

Sargent scored 13, 10 coming in the first quarter, and had 13 rebounds.

Holding an 18-16 lead, Clearwater opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run. St. Petersburg (9-2) cut it to five late in the half before consecutive 3s by Nungester and O'Rourke put Clearwater ahead by 11. The Tornadoes led 44-30 at the half and were never threatened again.

St. Petersburg's Gabriel Moton was 5-for-12 from three-point range to lead the Green Devils with 16 points.

In earlier action, East Lake outscored Admiral Farragut 19-4 in the third quarter to win 52-45. Freedom, a 66-44 winner over Dunedin, had four players score in double figures, and Gibbs muscled by Pasco 74-48.

St. Petersburg61

Clearwater boys win Bright House Shootout over St. Petersburg 12/20/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 22, 2008 11:17am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. James Wilder Jr. back at running Canada


    Remember when former Plant High star and Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. announced he was switching to linebacker?

    That was short-lived, apparently.

  2. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  3. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108