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Boys basketball: Springstead responds to challenge from Pasco
By DEREK J. L a RIVIERE
Published December 21, 2007
SPRING HILL - There were many heated exchanges in Springstead's bid to stay undefeated in Class 4A, District 8 on Thursday night, but in the end, the Eagles were still on top.
Springstead knocked off Pasco 89-83 in a matchup of what many think are the two best teams in the district. The game involved a lot of physical play and a back-and-forth offensive duel between the two best scorers.
Although his 35 points fell short of Pasco's T.J. Bryant for the game high, Nehemiah Mason helped his Eagles maintain a 9-0 record in district play.
"Because (the Pirates) play a lot of man defense, Coach (Pat Kelly) told me I was going to need to step up before the game started," Mason said. "There was a little talking going on out there. That also motivated me."
Mason was quick to credit power forward Dominique Roberson. The 6-footer was versatile for Springstead (11-1), leading the team with 10 assists and 14 rebounds and scoring eight.
"Teams try to match up their big guys with me because I can rebound," he said, "but those guys can't guard me one-on-one when get to the offensive end."
Another key contributor for Springstead was Ben Noury, who is starting to settle into first-year coach Kelly's offense. The junior had 15 points.
"Coach (Kelly) is so basketball wise, and that rubs off on us," Noury said. "I feel like I'm just getting back into the groove and getting a little more aggressive."
Pasco (7-3) got a hefty 61 points combined from its star duo of Bryant and Demetrious Larry (22 points), but that effort was not enough to stop the team's six-game winning streak from being snapped.