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)

Lakewood coach Wright ties mentor as county's all-time wins leader

ST. PETERSBURG — Dan Wright has been a staple in the high school basketball ranks for more than 35 years.

He was coached by county legend Freddie Dyles, and even beat his mentor on occasion.

On Friday night, Wright tied Dyles' county career win record of 674 with a 75-67 victory over Tarpon Springs.

"The record that was tied was not for me but for others, and I have been truly blessed to have coached some great teams and players," Wright said.

Early in Friday's game the undersized Spartans used their defensive tenacity to create points off turnovers. CJ Bargman, however, kept the Spongers in the game in the first quarter with two 3-pointers.

Both teams were a little sloppy at times and were tied at the half at 21.

In the third quarter, the Spartans started creating turnovers on the defensive end as Mike Singleton and fellow senior Rasheed Hall took charge. The Spartans began to pull away, taking a 44-37 lead.

"I was not satisfied with the way we would make a run, then find a way to let them back in," Wright said.

The Spartans were led by Singleton's 24 points, with Hall and Pharez Watkins chipping in 13 and 12 points, respectively.

CJ Mackey led the Spongers with 22.

"This was our first regular-season game and we have a long way to go, but in January we will be a very good basketball team," Wright said.

Wright can make the county record his own Wednesday at Gibbs, his alma mater and Dyles' former team.

Lakewood coach Wright ties mentor as county's all-time wins leader 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 12:24am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays series preview: Who are the Rangers?

    Blogs

    The road trip is done, but the Rays will still face a western team, as they tasks on the Rangers in a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Here's the information you need to know about Texas before the action kicks off.

    Record: 45-50, fourth in AL West

    Starter Tyson Ross, left, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right, have struggled immensely this season.
  2. Checklist to help Bucs swagger into the postseason

    Bucs

    To boost their playoff prospects, the Bucs need to beat Atlanta at least once, as they did last year. Twice would be even nicer. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  3. Baddest of them all? Steelers LB James Harrison, hands down

    Bucs

    "No badass list is complete - or should begin anywhere else other than with - James Harrison," says Eric Edholm, an NFL writer who has worked at Yahoo Sports. (Associated Press)
  4. Good to be bad? Dirk Koetter's call for bold, brash Bucs

    Bucs

    Is being a badass team all about swagger and toughness? "Our whole thing is about competing," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says. (Loren Elliott | Times)
  5. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)

    College

    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.