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By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
Published December 7, 2007
Charlie Mills scored his season high, Jake Seymour had another productive night and Erick McGriff nearly had a double double as the Jesuit boys basketball team defeated Hillsborough 73-61 on Thursday.
Mills, a senior guard, had 19 points. Seymour, also a senior guard, added 15. McGriff, a junior forward, finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
To top it off, the Tigers were 25 of 31 from the line.
"It's a good win, especially with our free-throw shooting," Jesuit coach Neal Goldman said. "We've really been struggling at the line."
Jesuit led 14-5 after the opening quarter and 33-19 at the half. Hillsborough (1-5) cut the margin to seven in the third quarter, but never got any closer.
*King 47, Brandon 45
At Brandon, King improved to 5-2 Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who scored a game-high 25. Blake Allen led Brandon with 14 and Marcus Morrison had 12 in a losing effort.
King trailed by six entering the final quarter.
"They outplayed us, outhustled us, outrebounded us," Brandon coach Mark Hermann said. "They wanted it. Our kids didn't play as hard as they needed to. Give King credit. They did a great job."
Brandon is 5-1.
*Sarasota Riverview 41, East Bay 26
At Riverview, East Bay fell to 1-4 despite getting 12 points from senior center David Wynn and 11 from freshman forward Mitch Harley.
Derek Robbins led Riverview with 19.
*Plant 73, Robinson 33
At Plant, junior point guard Sheldon Cooley scored a game-high 26 as the Panthers upped their record to 7-0. Robinson fell to 1-5.
Plant led 22-6 after one quarter and never looked back.
All 11 Panthers who dressed scored.
"We played pretty well tonight," Plant coach Mike Phillips said. "We're finally starting to distribute the ball a little better."
St. Pete Catholic 52, Lennard 8
At Lennard, the Barons improved to 8-0 behind a solid defensive effort that saw them hold the Longhorns to three field goals. Sophomore guard Jerrica Coley led SPC with 10 points despite playing only the opening quarter. Junior forward Ana Gutierrez added eight points.
The Barons led 15-0 after the first quarter and 31-3 at the half.
"We got to rest some people and some of the younger girls got to play and did really well," SPC coach Nick Vandewalle said.
*Mitchell 48, Alonso 38
At Mitchell, the Mustangs improved to 5-2 behind the 27-point effort of senior Latoya Hillmon. It was her second-highest single-game output this season.
Iesha Campbell led Alonso with 18 points.
"That's the best shooting performance Latoya has had," Mitchell assistant Jacob Tavo said. "She shot the ball better than she's ever shot it."