ST. PETERSBURG — In the first round of the Northeast Holiday Tournament, some teams showed rust from the time off and other teams clearly had not missed a beat.
Boca Ciega was one of the latter as the Pirates had four players score in double figures Monday in a 105-26 rout over Dunedin in the first round.
Norman Williams and Marquel Walton each had 20 points for the Pirates and David White and Kenny Smith added 14 apiece as Boca Ciega advanced to the semifinals, where it will face Tampa Catholic.
The Crusaders had three players score in double figures in an 83-51 win over Osceola. Lashawn Harrison had 19 and Austin Aikens had 18 to pace Tampa Catholic.
Gibbs and Calvary Christian were the other winning teams in the opening round with the Gladiators securing an easy 75-35 victory over Central and the Warriors pulling away against Northeast in a 54-45 win.
Deion Miley sank nine 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 30 points for Gibbs and Devonte Miley added 17.
Kyle Wiedinger had 33 points and 14 rebounds to help lead Calvary Christian as the Warriors recovered from a 22-17 deficit in the second quarter. Wiedinger scored six points as the Warriors went on an 11-3 run to end the half.
Alexander Ribic scored 13 to lead the Vikings.
"We definitely had some rustiness out there, but it's good we were able to pull out a win," Wiedinger said. "Playing against this type of (public school) competition will only make us better prepared for districts down the road."
Ram Classic: Ridgewood had everything running smoothly at the Ram Classic in New Port Richey. The Rams led 17-1 with 7:46 remaining in the second quarter against Palm Harbor University, had homecourt advantage and a sizable home crowd to pump them up.
But Rams coach Gary Anders pointed out something that has been missing almost all season: effort.
And even with the lack of effort, the Rams were able to pull out a 61-51 win over an inspired Hurricanes team that climbed back from a 16-point hole early in the game.
Ridgewood (8-3) owned the first 8:16, surging ahead 17-1. But PHU (2-6) withstood the early barrage and senior guard Ja'Tyuan Landing's layup with 32.8 seconds left before the half cut Ridgewood's lead to 28-18. In the second half PHU chipped away as Landing (eight points, one assist) made a scooping layup and got the foul, earning a three-point play to put the Hurricanes down only four with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
But the Rams bounced back in the fourth quarter, going 9-of-14 from the free-throw line.
"We came out a little flat in the early going," PHU coach Michael Walters said. "I think the kids got a little embarrassed after the first quarter, but they fought back and played hard."
Brandon was a 49-40 winner over St. Petersburg Catholic.