TAMPA — When the team wasn’t playing to the level he expected Friday night, Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart knew he could turn to his senior leaders to right the ship.
In the second half against Tampa Catholic, seniors Craig Bowman, Justin Gray and Marshall Holmes helped turn a double-digit deficit at halftime into a double-digit lead and combined for 53 points to lead the Buccaneers in a 66-59 win over Tampa Catholic in a Class 4A District 10 game.
The win secured the top seed in the district tournament for Berkeley Prep (20-2, 6-0), ranked No. 1 in the latest 4A state poll.
Bowman finished with 22 points, while Texas Tech signee Gray had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. After missing two months with a broken hand, Holmes had 11 points.
“The senior leadership from (Bowman and Gray) really came through, and it was certainly nice to have Marshall Holmes back on the floor,” Reinhart said. “That first half, you can tell he was a little sluggish out there and wasn’t sure whether he wanted to stick his nose in there, but in the second half he got after it and hit some big shots.”
Tampa Catholic (14-9, 4-2) led 29-18 at the half.
“We were seven of 30 in the first half shooting the ball,” Reinhart said. “We were getting the ball in the right spots but we just weren’t finishing very strong. We just talked at halftime and it was really going to come down to toughness for 16 minutes, and we wanted to make a statement from the get-go and our guys were ready to play.”
The Buccaneers went on a 13-2 run in the first two minutes of the third quarter to tie the game.
Chivarsky Corbett led Tampa Catholic with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.