With 7-on-7 fevers spiking throughout the bay area, the Gibbs Gladiators snuck into Tampa Prep's gym Wednesday and emerged with a five-on-five crown.
Playing without two of the top six players in their rotation, the Gladiators capped an undefeated season in the Southeastern Basketball Academy (SEBA) Summer League with a 46-38 victory against reigning champ Wharton in Wednesday night's title game.
Junior guard Daniel Davis scored 24 points -- including five 3-pointers -- to lead Gibbs (12-0), which topped the Wildcats, Tampa Catholic (semifinals) and Plant (quarterfinals) in a 24-hour span.
"I think it's a great win for us confidence-wise. We returned a lot of kids but we still haven't been full strength yet in the offseason," said Coach Larry Murphy, whose 2013 club (23-6) fell to eventual state champ Jesuit in last winter's Class 5A region semifinals.
"For us to pull this off missing our starting guard (Barry Brown) and probably our sixth man (Antonio Walker), it was huge."
Davis, who averaged 8.4 points last season, scored every point in the Gladiators' 11-0 run late in the first half, giving them a 33-19 advantage at intermission. Junior Scott Sollazzo led Wharton with 12.