Berkeley Prep boys remain unbeaten

By DOUG KATES, Times Correspondent
Published December 7, 2007

CLEARWATER - Berkeley Prep used a variety of weapons to knock off Calvary Christian 75-56 on Thursday night and remain unbeaten.

Zak Kazanski was the high scorer for the Bucs(4-0) with 21. He scored in every period, including 11 in the second.

Johnathan Gray hit six 3-pointers en route to a 20-point night, and Berkeley Prep was 12-of-22 from 3-point range.

And if that weren't enough, the Bucs were 11-of-12 from the foul line.

"We shot the daylights out of the ball," coach Bobby Reinhart said. "John Gray was on fire all night long. I'm very impressed with the foul line. It's a mental toughness. That's a stat I'm real proud of."

Calvary Christian (4-2) started the night with a 9-0 lead and led 34-33 midway through the second period but was outscored 31-20 in the second half. Coach Dave Bintz said his kids simply ran out of gas and part of the problem was the offensive show Gray put on.

"He just didn't miss," Bintz said. "We tried playing him tight. We knew (Gray) was a good shooter, but we couldn't stop him."

The Warriors did get a good night out of Christian Bibi Ndongo with 25 points, but 11 of those points came from the free-throw line. Ben Paquin chipped in 10 points.

Bintz and the Warriors had an exciting 2006-07 season, but the coach was discouraged by this defeat. He said two starters are out with injuries, one is out with an eligibility conflict, and football season has put the program back a little bit.

"We're just not there yet," he said. "But it's not how you start a season. It's how you finish it."