Both Robinson and Chamberlain admitted to being a little tired when they faced off in Thursday's first round of the City of Tampa Championships, but in the end Chamberlain may have been the most exhausted.
After the final score flashed on the scoreboard — Robinson 57, Chamberlain 49 — both Robinson coach Steve Smith and Chamberlain coach Chris Snyder were left scratching their tired heads.
"This is our third game in three days and I think it showed," said Snyder, whose team lost 59-58 to Freedom on Tuesday and defeated Alonso 78-77 on Wednesday. "I don't want to take anything from Robinson because they played really hard. But the fact is we just didn't have our legs."
Robinson, meantime, hasn't had the easiest schedule either, playing nine games in two weeks, including a 73-33 victory Monday over Middleton and a 72-44 victory over Leto on Wednesday.
"We were also tired and I think that's why the game was a little sloppy," Smith said. "I will have to say that Chamberlain playing three games on three straight nights is really tough. So yes, I know Chamberlain was up against it."
Robinson (10-3) gets no rest tonight as it plays in a semifinal at 8 p.m. against Tampa Prep, which defeated Blake 68-29 in Thursday's late game. In the other semifinal, Tampa Catholic plays at 6:30 against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, which advanced by defeating Plant 52-47 on Thursday.
Tampa Catholic (7-1) advanced Thursday with an 88-49 victory over Life Christian, which basically was out of the game after trailing 30-9 in the first quarter. Crusader guard Chivarsky Corbett led the way with 34 points, followed by Sam Harris (14), Jio Molina (14), Thomas Dziagwa (13) and Isiah Thomas (10).
In Robinson's victory Thursday, Mike Cholas led the Knights with 17 points, followed by Cody Brown with 12. Chamberlain's Reggie Hart, despite being tired, still managed to score 23.
Tampa Prep (9-0) dominated from start to finish Thursday, gaining a 10-point lead midway through the first quarter and never getting remotely threatened the rest of the way. Terrapin Josh Heath led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Adonis Rwabigwi with 14.
The Terrapins still haven't been truly challenged this season, beating opponents by more than an average of 25 points a game. Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon, however, still had a little bit of a concern, but for a completely different reason than the public schools in the tournament.
"Today was the first day we've practiced in eight days because we don't practice during exams," Fenlon said. "I think we showed a little of that rust in the first half, but then I thought we played much better in the second half."
The question today is will Tampa Prep's rust or Robinson's fatigue play more of a factor?
"We'll just have to come back (today) and give it everything we have," Smith said.