Clearwater coach Allen Carden wasn't impressed with his team's free-throw shooting down the stretch of a tight contest with East Lake, but the Tornadoes played well enough defensively Tuesday and limited the Eagles to one shot each trip down the court to win 51-42.
"That was a very ugly game," Carden said. "I didn't think we played particularly well."
Senior center Julien Sargent did a bit of everything for Clearwater (2-0). The 6-foot-9 Sargent scored 14, pulled down 13 rebounds and took three charges.
Recent FSU oral commit Okaro White had 16 points in the first half but got in early foul trouble. White picked up his fifth with four minutes remaining and Clearwater clinging to a seven-point lead. He finished with 18 points.
The homestanding Tornadoes outrebounded East Lake 32-13.
"I think that was the difference," Carden said.
Walter Smith made three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help East Lake build a 20-18 lead after one.
"I was very impressed with East Lake," Carden said. "They came out shooting the ball well. … They're a skilled team. They're going to give people problems."
Smith finished with 13 points. Kendall O'Neill had 15 to lead the Eagles (3-1).
Boca Ciega 75, Osceola 17
Myron Dempsey was the game's high scorer with 25 points for Boca Ciega in a blowout victory at home over Osceola.
Kevin McKellar also reached double figures with 12 points for the Pirates (5-0), who had 12 players score.
Osceola's Chris Clancy paced the Warhawks (0-3) with 10 points.
Largo 64, Tarpon Springs 37
Largo outscored Tarpon 28-6 in the second quarter to roll on the road.
"They're quick and athletic, and they forced us to lose our composure," Tarpon Springs coach James Margarella.
Josh Woods had 12 points for Largo (3-0). Patrick Kearney and Lashawn Smith each added nine for the Packers.
Tarpon Springs (0-3) got 11 points from C.J. Bargman.
St. Petersburg Catholic 53, Lennard 48
St. Petersburg Catholic led Lennard 39-31 after three quarters and held on to defeat the Longhorns on the road.
"We made some free throws down the stretch and took care of the basketball," SPC coach Mike Moran said.
Julian Dudley had a monster game for the Barons with 18 points and eight rebounds.
"He was just solid inside defensively and offensively," Moran said.
Matthew O'Donnell (13 points) and Norman Williams (10) each scored in double figures for SPC (3-2).
Admiral Farragut 30, St. Stephen's 26
Admiral Farragut trailed 17-14 at halftime but rallied to defeat St. Stephen's at home.
Taylor Irwin, the Blue Jackets' leading scorer, had a game-high 16 to pace Admiral Farragut (3-3).
St. Petersburg Catholic 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 20
The Barons continued their undefeated start to the season with a runaway victory at home over Clearwater Central Catholic.
St. Petersburg Catholic leading scorer Jerica Coley got in early foul trouble, which forced others to pick up the scoring slack. Eleven of the 14 Barons scored, led by Coley's 11 points. Mary Keegan added nine points for the Barons (6-0).
Ryann Gavin (10 points) was the leading scorer for CCC (4-6).
Countryside 5, Lakewood 0
Countryside improved to 1-1 at the Hurricane Watch tournament at Palm Harbor University with a shutout victory over Lakewood.
Michelle Primiani and Kendall Narum each scored twice for the Cougars (5-4-1). Rose Serim also had a goal for Countryside, which outshot Lakewood 23-4.
Goalie Courtney Parker made nine saves for Lakewood (3-5-1).
Alonso 3, St. Petersburg 2
St. Petersburg was eliminated from the Hurricane Watch tournament after falling to Alonso.
Mel Kepto scored both goals for the Green Devils (5-3-1).
St. Petersburg goalie Dayna Adams had 10 saves.
Shorecrest 5, Calvary Christian 1
Shorecrest forward Stephen Spanos scored three times and Alistair Flynn added two more to lead the Chargers over Calvary on the road.
Spanos has 19 goals on the season and is averaging a hat trick a game.
Shorecrest improved to 5-2.
Osceola 1, St. Petersburg 0
William Locy's second-half goal powered Osceola past St. Petersburg on the road.
The Green Devils (4-2-1) outshot the Warhawks (5-4) 24-6 but couldn't find the back of the net.