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Boys basketball: Newsome survives miscues

By BRYAN BURNS
Published December 22, 2007


CLEARWATER - Newsome learned a valuable lesson in its 61-57 overtime win against St. Petersburg: Games are 32 minutes, not 31.

Newsome (8-2) needed to hold onto the ball with a seven-point lead and 39 seconds left - but couldn't do it.

Three straight possessions down the stretch, the Wolves turned the ball over, and the Green Devils made them pay.

"We were getting a little sloppy and a little lazy," Newsome coach Jon Mackey said. "You've got to credit St. Pete for battling to the end, though."

After a Newsome turnover, St. Petersburg's Allen Wilson hit a layup to cut the deficit to five with 21 seconds left. The Green Devils (6-4) retained possession when the Wolves couldn't inbound the ball, and Gabriel Moton made three free throws after being fouled attempting a 3-pointer to pull them within two.

Again, Newsome turned the ball over after not inbounding it, and a short jumper from Antwan Carter (team-high 20 points) with 10 seconds left tied it at 55 and sent it to overtime.

"I hate to say it, but we folded under pressure," said Newsome's Samal Shepherd, who scored a game-high 23. "We're going through some growing pains, but we'll learn from this. We'll learn to play hard to the end."

Both teams struggled to score in overtime until Shepherd hit a 3 with 1:45 left to give Newsome a 58-55 lead. Jimmy Joyce hit 1 of 2 free throws with three seconds left to clinch it for Newsome.

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