TAMPA — The Berkeley Prep boys basketball team was without three of its top players as it took on visiting district rival Tampa Catholic on Tuesday night, but the Bucs were not without confidence.
With starters Marshall Holmes (broken finger), Chris McWilliams (hamstring) and Justin Gray (concussion-like symptoms) watching from the bench, Berkeley Prep had four players score in double figures and pulled off a 73-67 victory.
The biggest contributor? That arguably was Bucs guard Craig Bowman, who led all scorers with 22 points and played stout defense.
Right with Bowman were forward N’Namdi Green (14 points, 12 rebounds), guard Jacob Mathis (14 points) and guard Eric Reintgen (11 points, three 3-pointers).
“I felt like our whole team worked harder than (Tampa Catholic) tonight,” Green said. “We knew we were without (three starters), but we didn’t let that get to us. I have to say this was a total team effort.”
At the half, TC (12-6) led 25-24, but Berkeley (15-1) came out clicking in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes.
“(Making a lot of 3-pointers) is not usually our strength,” Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart said. “But tonight we did a good job of kicking it inside and then out for (three-point shots).”
The 3-pointer barrage pushed Berkeley’s lead to 43-29, but Tampa Catholic started making a comeback, largely behind the driving and outside shooting of Chivarsky Corbett, who had six points through 2½ quarters, but finished with 21.
TC twice cut the gap to five points, but could not get any closer.
As for the return of Gray, Holmes and McWilliams, the timetables vary. Gray could return as soon as Saturday against arch-rival Tampa Prep, while Holmes and McWilliams will each be out for at least a couple of weeks.