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Clearwater perfect after tourney win

ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published December 21, 2003

CLEARWATER - Wharton was Clearwater's biggest threat with a 6-1 record, but the Tornadoes (7-0) beat the Wildcats 53-42 Saturday night in the Bright House Shootout.

Unlike Clearwater, whose win over Wharton was its first quality victory this season, Dunedin had plenty of experience against solid teams and used that to hang on and beat Gaither 67-64.

"We lost two buzzer-beaters at the tournament in Melbourne (last weekend)," said Dunedin coach Kevin Hendrick after the Falcons' (4-3) second buzzer-beater of this tournament. "Its great. We've played some tough teams, and we knew it would take a while to get going."

Team MVP Justin Glenn led Dunedin with 16 points, but the Falcons allowed Gaither's Antonio Russell to score a shootout-high 28. Gaither mounted a comeback after trailing 53-44 at the end of three quarters, but the Cowboys missed a shot at the last second.

Clearwater's Luke Postorino was tournament MVP and tied Jon Thomas with a team-high 17 in the win over Wharton.

"That was a good win, we needed to play a team like this," Clearwater coach Jack Coit said.

Ridgewood (5-1) enjoyed its second big win in two days, 69-34 over King. The Rams held the Lions to 10 second-half points. Andrew Reed led the Rams with 20 points.

Palm Harbor University (2-3) lost 43-31 to Alonzo. Chad Fuller scored 10 for the Hurricanes, and A.J. Tyler was named team MVP.

Irvin Athis (King), Johnathan Ball (Alonzo), Chris Bonnor (Gaither) and Stanley Kelley (Wharton) were named team MVPs.

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