CLEARWATER — Harold Doby would have liked one more slam dunk and coach Ryan Pannone would have liked a little more defense, but both were satisfied Friday night after Oldsmar Christian knocked off Gibbs 70-58 in the first round of the Bright House Shootout.
Doby scored a game-high 27 for the Eagles (9-2), but fans will remember him most for three hard slams. The first two were solo efforts; on the third attempt he had a little help from Frank Agholor, who bounced the ball off the backboard and Doby snagged it in mid-air.
"Frank came out after the timeout and told me to look for it," Doby said.
The one dunk attempt Doby wants over again was an alley-oop try in the fourth quarter, which was a little off the mark.
"(The dunks) were interesting, but the most important thing was the win," Doby said.
While the crowd cheered the dunks, Pannone watched from the bench as Gibbs scored after each one.
"I think overall we had a very good team effort," he said. "(But) every time we see one of those dunks we don't come back and play any defense … because we're still celebrating."
Gibbs (3-6) never led. A 10-all tie in the first quarter was as close as the Gladiators got. Gibbs shot 19-for-61 from the field, including a 4-for-22 effort in the third quarter.
Chris Perez had 13 points for Oldsmar. Gibbs was led by Bryton Dunbar with 16 and Charlie Brooks with 13.
There will be no championship game in round two today at Clearwater High. Nine teams entered the event with Oldsmar, Clearwater, East Lake and Dunedin winning Friday. St. Petersburg replaces Oldsmar in round two, so Clearwater, East Lake and Dunedin will be the only schools in the running for a 2-0 record; none play each other today.
Earlier tournament scores: Dunedin defeated Admiral Farragut 56-44, Clearwater defeated Pasco 87-44 and East Lake defeated Freedom 56-46.