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Chamberlain finishes on top in Tampa

By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 24, 2002

TAMPA -- Chamberlain claimed Tampa bragging rights by defeating host Tampa Prep 66-59 on Monday night.

It was the first of what Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon hopes to be a storied City of Tampa Championships tournament.

The tournament's final didn't disappoint as the Terrapins (4-2) and Chiefs (5-1) took turns leading the scoreboard, battling through a heated fourth quarter. Tampa Prep entered the fourth ahead by three, but a putback dunk and jumper by Chamberlain's Greg Lee quickly put the Chiefs in charge.

The Terps couldn't capitalize on enough free throws (13-of-21) to make up the difference, and key steals by the Chiefs kept Tampa Prep's last-minute opportunities scarce.

"If nothing else, we learned today that we can be a good team," Fenlon said. "It was a good sign at this point in the season, and as we play eight games in the next two weeks, it will be key to find out what kind of team we can become."

Tampa Prep's David Smith led all scorers with 32 points. The Chiefs were led by Ryan Jennings (18) and Lee, who scored 24 points and collected MVP honors.

Other players named to the all-tournament team were Devon Polite and Ryan Jennings of Chamberlain, David Smith and Alex Schulte of Tampa Prep, Wayne Lawton of Plant, Trevon Young of Blake, Keith Moore of Jefferson, Arnaldo Abreu of Robinson, Anthony Messina of Tampa Catholic and Tyrone Evans of Hillsborough.

In earlier games, Tampa Catholic defeated Hillsborough 44-42 for third place, and Robinson beat Jefferson 71-54 for fifth. Plant placed seventh after beating Blake 52-51.

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