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With top scorer out, Eagles still hold on

One of the Brandon High boys basketball team's top scorers is on the injured list.

Forward Zaronn Cann scored 14 points in the second half Jan. 15 in the Eagles' 72-44 win against Plant, but the junior injured his knee in the fourth period when he landed awkwardly.

Originally thought to have suffered a patella tendon injury, Cann was scheduled to undergo an MRI late this week. A three-year starter, Cann passed the 1,000-point career scoring plateau earlier this season. Currently at 1,043 points, Cann's availability for the remainder of the season has not been determined. In their first game without him, five Eagles scored in double figures in an 87-48 win against Durant. Now 14-3, Brandon remains the second-ranked team in Class 5A.

In other action, Tampa Bay Tech got 21 points from Demtrius Edwards and 19 from Yurel Scuggs but fell 67-65 to Blake Jan. 17. Also Armwood topped Newsome 57-39 and Bloomingdale defeated Sarasota 51-48.

Tonight Brandon is at King, Armwood is at Freedom, Bloomingdale is at Durant, East Bay hosts Middleton, Newsome hosts Blake, Riverview is at Sarasota and Tampa Bay Tech is at Jefferson.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Not only did Durant snap a three-game losing streak Jan. 16 with its 40-34 win against Class 6A, District 6 rival Riverview, but the Cougars avenged their Jan. 7 loss to the Sharks.

The Cougars (9-5) led by 11 points in the third period before Riverview (10-4) staged a comeback to narrow the lead to two. But Courtney Chasten and Shay Mackey combined to score 12 of Durant's last 14 points to set up the win. Chasten finished with 16 points and four rebounds while Mackey had 15 points and nine rebounds. Ratisha Rumph led Riverview with 15 points.

Also, Tampa Bay Tech remains ranked fifth in Class 4A after a 79-40 thrashing of Jefferson Jan. 15. Chi Chi Okpaleke scored 28 points and had nine rebounds as the Titans improved to 15-1 on the season. Rebekkah Barnes added 15 points while Naomi Barnes scored 13 points and had eight assists and five steals. Dallas McNeal scored 10 points and Teyaqua Gunn had 15 rebounds for the Titans.

BOYS SOCCER: After three straight ties, Brandon broke through Jan. 16 with a 1-0 win against Gaither. The Eagles earned the win on Andy Skiffington's goal with seven minutes left in the match. Meanwhile, Tom Davison netted a hat trick as Bloomingdale topped Riverview 6-2 to improve to 18-1-1 on the season and retain its No. 1 ranking in Class 6A. East Bay, meanwhile, earned a first-round bye for the upcoming Class 5A, District 8 tournament by defeating King 3-0 Jan. 9.

WRESTLING: How well did Durant wrestle at the Bulldog Duals Jan. 15? The Cougars came within two points of going undefeated as a team and had champions at five different weight classes. Durant defeated Cypress Lake 66-12, Leto 67-12, Pasco 71-6 and Zephyrhills 76-0. In the finals, the Cougars lost 35-33 to Hernando.

Still, Tim Burdine (112 pounds), Justin Bechtold (119), Matt Caraballo (125), Adam Doback (130) and Victor Knight (215) each won individual titles in their weight classes.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Two of Armwood's celebrated players have orally committed to USF. Wide receiver/cornerback Mike Williams (6-feet-0, 175 pounds) and defensive end Jarriette Buie (6-foot-3, 230 pounds), two key components of Armwood's Class 4A state championship team this past season, will play for the Bulls.

Williams, who will focus on wide receiver in college and runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, also was considering Akron. Buie, who had 12 sacks as a senior, chose USF over Pittsburgh, East Carolina and Iowa State.

ALUMNI: Former East Bay standout football player Reggie Doby has earned Special Team Player of the Year honors at Wartburg College, a Division III school in Warner, Iowa. Doby, a freshman defensive back, averaged 27 yards and scored twice on punt returns and averaged 20 yards on kickoff returns.

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