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Tigers turn back Lions in semis

By BRYAN BURNS
Published December 22, 2005


TAMPA - Jesuit took advantage of poor first-quarter shooting by King to advance to Thursday's final in the Leto Holiday Classic.

Jesuit, a 62-51 winner over the Lions, faces Wesley Chapel tonight at 7:30.

Jesuit led 34-24 at halftime and 46-35 after three quarters before King cut into the lead. Emmanuel Sherman's layup with 1:17 left brought King within 54-49. But the Lions were unable to get closer.

Jesuit (9-2) controlled the tempo in the first quarter, outscoring the Lions 16-6. King (1-7) was only outscored by one point for the final three.

Thomas Kaiser had another big game for Jesuit, scoring 22. He had 14 in the Tigers' 61-49 victory over South Fork on Tuesday. King was led by freshman Adrian Fredrick's 12 points.

In the first semifinal, Leto got into early foul trouble, falling 72-37 to Wesley Chapel.

The Wildcats' Saladeem Dewberry was unstoppable much of the evening, scoring a game-high 20 points, including 12 in the second quarter. Ashley Thomas added 15 points for Wesley Chapel (8-3). The Wildcats led 8-4 after the first quarter, but blew the game open in the second and led 28-11 at halftime.

Leto's Luther St. Louis fouled out late in the third quarter, and Jovaughn Wade and Joelys Himely were done a few minutes later. Bryan Venzen, playing with four fouls much of the fourth quarter, had 19 points to lead the hosts.

Leto (3-5) and King face each other at 3:15 in the third-place game.

Girls

Bloomingdale advanced to Thursday's final after beating King 38-30.

The Bulls (8-3) led much of the game and were up by 10 points with less than four minutes to play. King (8-3) scored six straight to cut the lead to four with 2:26 left, but Bloomingdale responded with six straight of its own.

Bloomingdale led by seven at halftime and five after three quarters.

Kenitra Betts scored 20 for the Bulls and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Samara Shepherd was the Lions' leading scorer with 13.

Bloomingdale faces the Seabreeze-Gaither winner in the championship game at 5 p.m. King gets the loser at 1:30 for third place.