TAMPA - Hillsborough may have discovered the only way to escape Bloomingdale's tenacious defense and sizzling offense: turn out the lights in the gym. With 4:20 left in the fourth quarter, the Hillsborough gym suddenly went dark.
At the time, Bloomingdale, 21-4 and ranked No.8 in the state Class 4A poll, held a commanding 22-point lead and went on take a 68-52 victory. In the process, the Bulls clinched their second consecutive National Division title in the Western Conference.
"I thought we played real well defensively," said Bloomingdale coach Phil Zimmerman, whose team has now won 23 straight divisional games. "I can't say enough about our team defense. It generates things for us at the other end."
Bloomingdale scored eight points on 10 Hillsborough turnovers in the first quarter to open a 21-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
Brian Lott led the Bulls in scoring with 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Darrin Richardson added 16 and Alvin Harris had 15.
Hillsborough, which fell to 11-10 overall and 6-5 in the division, was led by Lawrence Harrold's 15 points.
Jesuit cruises to 86-58 win over Springstead
SPRING HILL - Tony Newberg scored 25 points to lead Tampa Jesuit to an easy 86-58 victory over Springstead.
Led by Newberg's 14 first half points, Jesuit (20-7), ranked 10th in the 3A poll, led 43-27 at the half.
After scoring 20 first-quarter points, Springstead was held to only 15 in the second and third quarters combined.
Ryan O'Connell led Springstead (13-11) with 27 points.
Tampa Prep rolls over Brooksville Central 71-50
BROOKSVILLE - Tampa Prep used balanced scoring to beat Brooksville Central 71-50 Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (11-12) had four players scoring in double figures, led by senior guard Byron Clark, who had 19 points including four three-point baskets. Clark was the leading three-point shooter in Hillsborough County last season, but has just come back after missing a month with injuries.
The Bears (9-14) were led by freshman forward Tyrone Goodson who had 17 points, 13 in the first half.
- Correspondents Bob Cheesman and Tim Beckwith contributed to this report.