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Citrus struggles, but beats Crystal River 52-48

CRYSTAL RIVER - Senior guard Shaun Jackson scored 19 points in a slowdown offense Tuesday night and helped Citrus to a 52-48 victory over Crystal River in a boys basketball game. Citrus (21-5) defeated Crystal River by 33 points in the last meeting between the two teams in early December. The Hurricanes had not played in a week, but the layoff was not responsible for the close game, coach Glen Sykes said.

"I look at the week off as a positive thing which helped us," Sykes said. "What hurt was not making our free throws and our inability to eliminate turnovers. We had 13 (turnovers) in the first half and I told the kids if they had eliminated half of them and made about five more been up by 10."

Crystal River (10-13) stayed close on the strength of 12 points by senior guard Tony Thomas in the first half. The Hurricanes held Sandy Weaver, the Pirates leading scorer, to just three points in the first half but had to settle for an 18-18 tie at halftime.

Citrus opened up an 11-point lead early in the fourth period, but the Pirates refused to yield. A bucket by Weaver off an assist by Chester Scriven with 13 seconds left cut the Hurricanes' lead to 49-48.

Jackson hit the front end of the one-and-one with eight seconds to go. He missed the back end, but Lonnie Chester rebounded the shot and put it back in for the clincher with six seconds left.

Thomas finished with 18 points, Weaver 17 for Crystal River.

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.