The game’s featured stars, Tampa Catholic’s Chivarsky Corbett and Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham, shined brightly at many of the most crucial moments — and there were plenty of crucial moments — before TC finally pulled it out, 75-73 in overtime.
The game’s biggest shot?
Well, that goes to a TC freshman, 6-foot-7 Zach Phelan, who grabbed a rebound with three seconds left in overtime and then dropped in the game winner.
“I just reacted, I didn’t have time to think,” Phelan said. “The ball bounced off the backboard and landed in my hands and I just put it in.”
The game’s most dramatic shot?
No doubt that goes to Corbett, who at the buzzer in regulation heaved up a 3-pointer just inside half court, a high-arching shot that swished the net and sent the packed house at Tampa Prep into a frenzy.
“I’m always a kid for the big moments and coach was looking for me to step up and I think I did that tonight with that 3-pointer,” said Corbett, who finished 33 points, including eight in the overtime.
The big shots for TC, however, barely overshadowed an outstanding effort by 6-9 Tampa Prep sophomore Juwan Durham, who finished with a game-high 35 points, including nine down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Durham, in fact, also made a key bucket with 23 seconds remaining in the overtime to tie the game at 73 to set up the dramatics by Phelan.
The game stayed pretty tight throughout as Tampa Prep (9-1) and Tampa Catholic (10-1) traded baskets through the first quarter before TC took a lead that it held (from two to eight points) until less than 2 minutes remained. That’s when Tampa Prep took a 60-59 lead and stretched it to 66-63 before Corbett’s dramatic shot.
TC’s Thomas Dziagwa added 17 points and Crusader Sam Harris chipped in another 14. For Tampa Prep Michael Fridella was the next top scorer behind Durham with 18 points.
“This a huge victory for us,” Phelan said. “I’m so happy that I could do my part.”