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TBT holds off Bloomingdale

First came the smooth bank shots with finesse touch. Then Demetrius Edwards flashed his toughness, fighting inside for rebounds and scoring with putbacks. The final touch came at the free-throw line, where he was 8-of-10.

Add it up, and Edwards scored 30 points against Bloomingdale on Wednesday in Tampa Bay Tech's 64-60 victory.

His opening flurry, in which he scored 10 points, helped the Titans lead 15-8 5:12 in.

"Coach said I wasn't playing with intensity lately until (Tuesday, 19 points in a 66-53 victory against Newsome)," said Edwards, who added nine rebounds Wednesday. "I wasn't in it. So I used the backboard because my shot wasn't going."

"We tried a little bit of everything," Bloomingdale coach Josh Chapin said. "We tried different guys. This is the first time I've seen him play. I've heard of him, but I'm really impressed."

After four points by Edwards put the Titans up 27-24 with 4:30 left in the second quarter, the Bulls played their best ball, ending the first half with a 10-0 run complete with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Eric Patrick.

Employing a fullcourt trap that put away district foe Riverview 69-65 Tuesday, the Bulls (8-7) forced 10 first-half turnovers. And when Bloomingdale had the ball, it was effective at going inside and drawing fouls.

It made 12-of-16 from the line during the first half and finished 21-of-33.

Forward Theo Smalling became the target for most of that work, going to the line 13 times and scoring nine of his team-high 13 points at the free-throw line.

But the Bulls ran into trouble in the fourth when Smalling committed his fourth foul with four minutes left. Edwards had made two free throws a minute earlier to break a 47-47 tie, and Devon Shorter converted Smalling's foul into two more points for a 53-48 lead.

Shorter, who scored all 10 of his points after halftime, provided six critical points during the final four minutes, and Brian Judkins made two free throws with 43 seconds left after Lee Richardson's 3-pointer got Bloomingdale to within 60-54.

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