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Clearwater Shootout roundup: Lakewood tops Tampa Bay Tech

 
Published Jan. 6, 2018|Updated Jan. 6, 2018

CLEARWATER — The pace of the game was ragged. So was the play.

Fouls occurred as frequently as buckets.

But it was a win, something Lakewood desperately needed.

Surviving a defensive slug fest, the Spartans did just enough to pull out a 54-48  victory over Tampa Bay Tech.

"There is no such thing as an ugly win," Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence said. "Ugly. Pretty. I'll take them anyway I can get them."

The Spartans entered this weekend's Clearwater Shootout with a 5-4 record. Three of those four losses were by three points or fewer.

To make matters worse, Lakewood was without its best player, Jalen White, who fractured a bone in his wrist and will not return for another two weeks.

The Spartans had another key player go down in the game. Jamille Reynolds, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, had to helped off after injuring his knee in the final three minutes. Reynolds finished with a team-high 16 points. Teammates Adrian White and Oteman Delancy each had 13.

The Titans (7-4) have lost three of their last four, all by single digits. Jamarcus Robertson led TBT with 14 points.

Clearwater 61, Strawberry Crest 55: Thanks to their proficiency from long range, the Tornadoes were able to extend their win streak to three.

Clearwater (8-5) hit 10 3-pointers in the second half, six coming in the fourth quarter.

Maxwell Dawson was the hottest from outside. The junior had five 3-pointers, four in the fourth quarter. He finished with a team-high 19 points.

Wharton 60, Largo 46: Playing for the first time in 21 days, the Wildcats rebounded from a slow start to break away in the second half.

Trailing 36-29 in the third quarter, Wharton (8-1) went on an 18-0 run to take control.

Darin Green led all scorers with 25 points and Carr Thiam had 19 for the Wildcats.

After starting 8-1, the Packers (8-4) have lost three straight. That is due in large part to a depleted roster that is missing three players due to illness or injury.

Largo sharpshooter Amant Deliu had a team-high 19 points.

Seminole 68, Winter Haven 58: The Warhawks (8-3) went on a 16-0 run in the third quarter to break open a close game.

The win was Seminole's third straight over the winter break. Last week, the Warhawks beat Tallahassee Godby 49-38 and Malone 77-33 at the Grand Ridge Classic.

Collin Sowada had a team-high 19 points and Arik Marvin added 17 to lead Seminole on Friday.

Lakeland 65, Plant City 62: The Raiders (10-2) let a first-half lead slip away, ending their eight-game win streak.

Matt Simpson had a team-high 24 points and became the eighth player in Plant City history to surpass 1,000 career points.