TAMPA — In Friday’s loss to Community School of Naples, Tampa Prep couldn’t find an alternative scoring method with big man Juwan Durham facing double teams.
On Saturday, however, the Terrapins adjusted.
In a matchup of the last two teams to win boys basketball state titles from Hillsborough County, Tampa Prep’s guard play shouldered the scoring production in a 56-40 win against Jesuit, the defending Class 5A state champion, on the final day of the 11th annual Berkeley Basketball Invitational.
Junior guard Michael Fridella led the Terrapins, the 2012 3A state champions, with 16 points, including 13 in the first half, while freshman Amari Goulmorne had 10 points.
Despite a constant double team, Durham, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Daniel Darst led Jesuit (10-6) with 14 points.
Fridella accounted for four of Tampa Prep’s seven 3-pointers.
“(Friday), similar thing, similar situation and I shot terrible,” Fridella said. “I was in the gym at 2 o’clock, an hour and a half before shootaround, me and some other guys on the team, shooting 3’s to get used to it.”
In the final game of the night, defending 4A state champion Orlando Lake Highland Prep handed Berkeley Prep its first loss of the season 62-54, led by senior guard Joel Berry’s 31 points.
Berkeley Prep played the majority of the game without star guard Justin Gray, who experienced concussion-like symptoms after falling to the floor in the second quarter. Without Gray, the Buccaneers were outscored 20-4 in the second quarter and trailed 31-22 at the half.
“We just challenged them (at halftime),” Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart said. “We knew it would come down to playing tough.”
Reinhart said Gray is questionable for Tuesday’s district showdown against Tampa Catholic.
In other games at the tournament, Tampa Catholic defeated Miami Ransom Everglades 84-63, led by Thomas Dziagwa’s 30 points, which included shooting 7-for-12 from beyond the arc.