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Dragons can rest easy after win

By FRANK PASTOR

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 10, 2001


TAMPA -- More than an important district victory was at stake when Jefferson took the floor for the third quarter Tuesday against Jesuit.

Dragons coach Doug Greseth told his team at halftime that if it didn't take control of the game, it would face a hard practice today.

Terance Kinsey said Greseth's definition of "hard" includes suicide runs, bleacher runs and 3 1/2-hour practices. "If the girls don't have to practice, we'll be here all night," he said.

Not wanting to take the chance, Kinsey scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter as Jefferson outscored Jesuit 21-6 to turn a tie game into a 48-37 victory.

The win carries additional importance for the Dragons (11-5) because Jesuit (10-5) defeated Armwood earlier this season and Armwood beat Jefferson.

"Our backs are against the wall a little bit," Greseth said. "We came in with a 2-2 district record. This is a home district game. These are the ones you have to have."

The teams exchanged the lead six times in the second quarter before Kinsey tied it on a layup with 21 seconds remaining in the half.

Cameron Rodgers' steal and layup 40 seconds into the third quarter sparked a 15-2 Jefferson run. Kinsey scored seven points during the burst, including a hanging jumper with 3:18 to go in the quarter that gave the Dragons a 36-23 lead.

Jesuit got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

"It's a very big win," Kinsey said. "We're trying to get a 20-win season this year. We've got to beat them in order to get that."

Kinsey's scoring was expected. He averages 24 points per game and exploded for 38 against Tampa Bay Tech.

But he also played tight defense, rebounded and led the break despite sustaining a bloody nose during a third-quarter scramble for a loose ball.

"We don't like hard practices," Kinsey said. "So we had to do it."

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