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.