Boys basketball: Sophomore a sensation for Gryphons

By JOE SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Published January 24, 2008

TAMPA - Sickles guard Jordan Davis has proved deceptive in several ways this season.

There was his play at a holiday tournament in Palm Beach, where onlookers "thought (Jordan) was a senior," Gryphons coach Renaldo Garcia said. Then there's the sophomore's build, a stocky, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds.

"He's got deceptive speed," said junior guard Kelvin Daniels, a transfer from Leto who had 12 points Wednesday. "You may look at him and think he's slow, but he'll go right past you."

Davis used his speed and savvy in the Gryphons' 57-39 win at Blake. The sophomore standout moved well without the ball, scoring several times on backdoor cuts and quick slashes to the basket in racking up 17 points.

Blake (10-13), which couldn't get its inside game going, was led by Anthony Hill's 11 points.

The Gryphons (17-4, 10-1) have won eight of their past nine as they prepare to enter the Class 6A, District 7 tournament as the No. 1 or 2 seed. Sickles is tied with St. Petersburg; if the records hold up, the two will have to do a coin toss to determine the top spot.

SPC upsets Berkeley

St. Petersburg Catholic's Tracy Parks near single-handedly put a twist in the Class 3A-11 district race. Parks racked up 30 points to help the host Barons stun first-place Berkeley Prep 71-63.

The win keeps SPC (12-8, 5-2) and Tampa Catholic (12-8, 5-2) within one game of Berkeley (18-3, 6-1); the Bucs travel to TC Friday, needing a win to secure the district's No. 1 seed; if not, it could turn into a three-way tie.