By SCOTT PURKS
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001
TAMPA -- The difference between Chamberlain and Gaither on Saturday night was about the same as the time the teams played in December -- only in reverse.
This time, it was Chamberlain that shot well and executed while Gaither struggled for continuity.
End result: Chamberlain 77, Gaither 60. "I was real happy with the way we executed our offense throughout the game," Chamberlain coach Doug Aplin said. "Then when we started knocking down those open shots, everything fell into place. It was a real nice offensive performance for us."
Particularly in the second quarter, when the Chiefs went on a 27-9 run and took a 34-23 halftime lead.
"That second quarter was a killer," Gaither coach Dwayne Olinger said. "When you allow anybody to score 27 points in any quarter, you're probably going to be in trouble."
Gaither's three main problems were Otis White (game-high 28 points), Manny Hernandez (22) and Greg Lee (18), all of whom hit equally well from the outside and on the break.
"We were definitely feeling it tonight," said White, whose 28 points were a season-high. "The last time we played (Gaither), we didn't play as a team, and it showed."
Chamberlain lost that game 44-39 in the final of its Christmas tournament.
Olinger, meanwhile, said he was "very frustrated" with Saturday's showing.
"We should have handled ourselves better in a lot of ways," Olinger said. "We didn't execute and stay focused, and we got some technicals called on us that should have never happened (one in the first half and one in the second for player misconduct).
"Those technicals really hurt because they gave (Chamberlain) so much momentum. We just can't have that."
Gaither (8-7) and Chamberlain (12-4) will get one more crack at each other on Jan. 29.
SHOOTOUT: Cowboy guard Kyle Kostyun came out victorious against three opponents in the three-point shootout contested between games. The format involved shooting 20 balls at four spots within a minute. Each shot made was worth one point with the final ball on each rack worth three. Kostyun made his final shot to score 13 points.
Sickles' Chris Polakowski and Wharton's Josh Rosado rimmed out their final shots, which would have tied Kostyun. Chamberlain's Tony Sica finished second with 11.