By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 21, 2001
Games to watch
WHEN: Today and Saturday, 4 p.m., 5:30, 7, 8:30
OUTLOOK: One of area's most enduring tournaments will see a Clearwater-Boca Ciega matchup in the semifinals today. The winner of that game will likely face Jacksonville Wolfson, the state's No. 4-ranked team in Class 4A. The Saturday final is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
WHEN: Tonight, 6:30
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles want a challenge after playing 10 games with just two decided by single digits. The Barons should be able to provide one. Indian Rocks has one of the county's best players in junior guard Billy McMillen, Pinellas' leading scorer at 28.7 points per game. St. Petersburg Catholic counters with a pretty good backcourt trio of David Lopez, Mike Heretick and Chad Radosevich.
WHEN/WHERE: Today, noon; Bishop Verot High
OUTLOOK: No team at this prestigious tournament has created more buzz than Lakewood after the Spartans evenly played Los Angeles Westchester before losing a close one. The Spartans bounced back Thursday to beat Brooklyn Xaverian (N.Y.), and now play Oakland Tech, which just dropped out of the iHigh.com national poll. The California school lost Wednesday by one point to Tabor Academy (Mass.), ranked No. 13 in the nation by USA Today.
With last week's ranking in parenthesis
1. (1) Lakewood (7-1) -- Came verrrrrry close to knocking off No. 1 team in the country.
2. (2) Largo (8-0) -- Hooters tourney will test Packers' mettle; Lakewood, Kathleen await?
3. (3) Northside Christian (8-0) -- Trounced No. 5 team in state to hang on to No. 1 ranking.
4. (5) East Lake (6-1) -- Senior-laden group squeaked its way to two victories.
5. (4) Boca Ciega (9-2) -- Only thing standing between Lakewood and PCAC South crown.
6. (6) Countryside (4-1) -- Cougars are headed to New York next week for a Christmas tourney.
7. (NR) St. Petersburg (7-3) -- Beat Gibbs for second time to win Blue Jacket championship.
After giving Lakewood their closest game of the season before losing, St. Petersburg came back and took three in a row at the Blue Jacket Holiday Tournament at Admiral Farragut.
The Green Devils (7-3) rolled over Gibbs on Wednesday 84-61 to capture the tourney title. Senior forward Jason White scored 22 in the win and earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 27 in an overtime win against Palm Harbor U. and 26 in a semifinal victory against Ridgewood.
White was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate and point guard Ricky Pena, Admiral Farragut senior center Andres Kirchman, Gibbs senior guards Antez Smart and DeAngelo Woodie, Seminole senior guard Matt Walker and junior forward Garrett Tyler of Palm Harbor.
Marcus Morrison had 19 points and Kevin Dorsey added 18 as Lakewood beat Brooklyn Xaverian 75-69 at the City of Palms Classic on Thursday. Lakewood shot a blistering 70 percent (16-of-23) in the first half and used a third-quarter run to take control.
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