Tampa Prep shuts down Keswick in championship

Tampa Prep overcomes loss of two starters to win.

By CHRIS GIRANDOLA Times Correspondent
Published December 31, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG - Keswick went into the final of its own tournament looking to build on its past two games.

After a disappointing 65-39 loss to Tampa Prep, though, the learning curve is still steep.

Despite missing two of its starters due to injuries, including the team's leading scorer in David Waller, Tampa Prep used a 17-1 run in the first quarter to roll and capture the Keswick Suncoast Holiday Tournament championship for the first time in four trips.

Tournament MVP Walter Perkins scored 16 points to pace the Terrapins, but it was the play of backups Jake Haslem (8 points), Caleb Sieben (7) and Jamal Cherry (12) that stood out.

"We wanted to show that we'll be able to deal with some adversity," Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon said. "It was a chance for some guys who don't normally see these type of minutes to step up and see how they would do."

Tampa Prep (11-2) ended the first quarter with a 24-5 lead and went into the locker room at half up 41-18. Its lead was never in jeopardy.

Robby Fricke led Keswick (5-6) with 11 points.

Keswick guard Tarvin Jones joined Perkins, Sieben, Waller and Fricke on the all-tournament team.