Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
Nature Coast

Clemente, Sharks show Steinbrenner who's boss.


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BROOKSVILLE - Coming into the game, Nature Coast knew Keshawn Ingram would be the best shooter it faced all season.

Averaging 29.5 points per game, Ingram wouldn't disappoint in the final game of the opening day of the Nature Coast Christmas Tournament.

The 6-foot-1 senior scored 35, but the Lutz-Steinbrenner Warriors fell short, dropping Friday night's contest to the host Sharks, 79-66.

"(Ingram) is a great player," Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik said. "Anytime a guy goes for 35 it hurts when you take pride in your defense. We handled it well and managed to win."

Despite Ingram's best efforts the Warriors (3-10) had no complementary pieces for him, and struggled from the free throw line making only 2-of-9 from the stripe without counting Ingram's 8-of-11.

Not to be outdone, the Sharks (9-1) got career highs from Carlos Clemente, who has 30 points and seven rebounds, including five 3-point buckets, and Cody Bergantino, who added 14 points and 16 rebounds.

"Our bigs played good," Pisarcik added. "We got good minutes from (Joey Dudek), Bergantino and (Jordan Burkes). They opened up the floor for us and gave us second-chance points."

The Sharks cleaned the boards to the tune of a 52-22 rebounding advantage. Led by Bergantino and Clemente, Burkes chipped in six and Dominic Jones added seven.

Ingram kept the Warriors close as long as he could, but the second-chance opportunities eventually caught up to his team, allowing Clemente to drill shot after shot.

Burkes and Nick Crima also added a pair of treys each, and when anyone missed it seemed as if the ball always found Bergantino, who was waiting to place it back in the net.

"We finally put one together," Pisarcik said. "Tomorrow is another game and we come back at it."

Nature Coast will play Orlando-Jones in the semifinals Saturday at 7 p.m., after Jones thrashed Weeki Wachee, 77-24.

"Jones is the type of team we need to beat to get into the Sweet 16, or Elite Eight," Pisarcik said. "They are very athletic and make you play faster out of your comfort zone. We got to play in a tempo that benefits us."

Nature Coast 79, Lutz-Steinbrenner 66

Qtr. Scoring 1 2 3 4

SBHS 19 12 20 15 - 66

NCT 21 16 21 21 - 79

Steinbrenner (66): Ingram 13 8-11 35, Rojas 4 0-0 10, Frank 3 1-2 7, Hall 2 1-5 5, Keller 2 0-0 5, Shaw 1 0-0 2, Hubbard 1 0-0 2, Smith 0, Davis 0, Byrne 0, Coleman 0, Fiorentino 0, Pitts 0, McFarland 0, Myers 0, McDonald 0.

Nature Coast (79): Clemente 8 9-10 30, Bergantino 6 2-2 14, Burkes 4 0-0 10, Dudek 3 3-4 9, Crima 2 2-2 8, Dom. Jones 2 3-4 7, Dar. Jones 0 1-2 1, Carnegie 0, Thomas 0, Copeland 0, Parker 0, Pellage 0.

Three-Point Field Goals: SBHS 5 (Rojas 2, Keller, Ingram); NCT 9 (Clemente 5, Burkes 2, Crima 2)

Total Fouls: SBHS 18, NCT 18

Technical Fouls: none

Fouled Out: Keller, Shaw (SBHS)

Records: Lutz-Steinbrenner (3-10, 0-1 in tournament), Nature Coast (9-1, 1-0 in tournament).

Nature Coast Christmas Tournament

12-27

Tampa-Brooks-DeBartolo 69, Springtead 55

Tarpon Springs 55, Tampa-Jefferson 49

Orlando-Jones 77, Weeki Wachee 24

Nature Coast 79, Lutz-Steinbrenner 66

12-28

Springstead vs. Jefferson, 1 p.m.

Weeki Wachee vs. Steinbrenner, 3 p.m.

Brooks-DeBartolo vs. Tarpon Springs, 5 p.m.

Nature Coast vs. Jones, 7 p.m.

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