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Record-setting night for Dean Gabrelcik

For the past year, Dean Gabrelcik started getting the attention of college coaches for his ability to shoot from long-range. 

On Wednesday, the East Lake senior made nearly every shot he attempted. 

In the first half against rival Palm Harbor University, Gabrelcik opened eyes by going 11-of-11 on 3-pointers. He had 37 points by halftime and finished with 42 to set the school record for most points in a game. 

Better still, Gabrelcik did it while just playing for 17 minutes in a rout. 

Scoreboard

Wharton 41, Armwood 39

Sickles 72, Riverview 60

Durant 66, Alonso 57

Freedom 72, Strawberry Crest 61

Middleton 60, Jefferson 62

Sumner 35, Chamberlain 32

Hillsborough 61, East Bay 51

Leto 54, Brandon 48

Plant City 78, Steinbrenner 62

Robinson 88, Spoto 70

Pinellas Park 73, Anclote 28

Bishop McLaughlin 80, Land O’ Lakes 34

Clearwater Central Catholic 36, Admiral Farragut 35

Jesuit 58, Blake 50

Mitchell 78, Gulf 62

Boca Ciega 56, Gibbs 47

East Lake 99, Palm Harbor University 50

St. Petersburg 73, Northeast 60

Prime time performers

F Tripp Burdgess, Sr., Alonso: Scored a team-high 17 points in a loss to Durant. 

G Noah Chatman, Jr., East Lake: Finished with a career-best 19 points in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

F Ezereke Dawson, Sr., Plant City: Had 18 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Steinbrenner. 

G/F Lazzaro Ford, Fr., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 29 points in a loss to Middleton. 

G Dean Gabrelcik, Sr., East Lake: Set the school record for most points in a game with 42 and hit 12 3-pointers, including all 11 attempts in the first half, to beat Palm Harbor University.

G Dominic Gooden, Jr., Sickles: Had 19 points and eight rebounds in a win over Riverview. 

G Jalen Harris, Sr., Hillsborough: Led the Terriers in scoring with 16 points in  a win over East Bay. 

F Treyshawn Howard, Sr., Robinson: Had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Spoto. 

G/F Steve Lamothe, So., Gulf: Scored a team-high 23 points in a loss to Mitchell.

F/G Stevmoney Medaries, Sr., Pinellas Park: Finished with 17 points and six rebounds in a win over Anclote. 

G Javohn Thomas, Jr., Sickles: Led the Gryphons with 30 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Riverview. 

F/C Matt Webster, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin: Scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a win over Land O’ Lakes.  

G Ryan Weir, Sr., Jesuit: Led the Tigers in scoring with 23 points and had six rebounds in a win over Blake. 

F/G Jaylen Wharton, Sr., Durant: Scored a team-high 23 points in a win over Alonso. 

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Schedule for Kevin Durant National Hoopfest released

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The Kevin Durant National Hoopfest series will make its way to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 28-29.

The tournament, now being held at St. Petersburg High, is the last of four stops that have already been announced.

What makes the event noteworthy is that it matches teams from the area against nationally-ranked teams from across the country, giving fans a chance to root on their local school as well as check out players who will be playing for major colleges and NBA teams in the future.

Here is the schedule, which was released this weekend.

Jan. 28

AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 5

IMG Academy vs. Oldsmar Christian, 6:30

St. Pete vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 8

Jan. 29

Windemere Prep vs. Wasatch Academy (Utah), 1

Orlando Christian Prep vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 2:30

Oldsmar Christian vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 4

Tampa Catholic vs. AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.), 5:30

IMG Academy vs. St. Petersburg, 7

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Dillon Mitchell transfers to Montverde Academy

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Dillon Mitchell, a four-star recruit who helped Bishop McLaughlin reach the state final for the first time this past season, has transferred to boys basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. 

Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward, made the announcement Thursday night on his Twitter account. 

In 2017, Montverde was named the nation’s top basketball program of the decade by USA Today. Several current NBA players went there, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and R.J. Barrett. Two more notable alumni, Oklahoma’s Cade Cunningham and and FSU’s Scottie Barnes, are expected to be among the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft. 

The ability to mold such high-profile stars prompted Mitchell to make the move. 

“They have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. “The competition is awesome,and being able to play against the best even at practice will help me become better. I believe it’s a great move.”

This is Mitchell’s third school in as many years. 

During the 2019-20 season, Mitchell played at Sickles, averaging 12.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game with the Gryphons.

He left this past season to attend Bishop McLaughlin, where he teamed with another four-star prospect, Emanuel Sharp, to form a dynamic 1-2 scoring punch. Mitchell (featured photo above by Willie Kelly) finished the season averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while leading the Hurricanes to the Class 3A state final. 

Mitchell is rated fourth in the state and 29th nationally in the Class of 2022 by ESPN. He has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.  . 

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FHSAA releases boys basketball class and district assignments

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The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys basketball this coming season. The assignments are based on student enrollment numbers from October 2020. This is a one-year cycle that the FHSAA board of directors voted on. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. The classifications and districts for the other sports will be released at a later date. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boys basketball list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6

Alonso

East Lake

Palm Harbor University

Plant 

Sickles

Steinbrenner

Class 7A, District 7

Durant

Lakewood Ranch

Newsome

Plant City

Riverview

Class 6A, District 9

Gaither

Land O’ Lakes

Largo

Leto

Mitchell

Pinellas Park

Sunlake

Class 6A, District 10

Armwood

Hillsborough

Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech

Wharton

Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11

Bloomingdale

Bradenton Manatee

Braden River

East Bay

Lennard

Palmetto

Sumner

Class 5A, District 5

Belleview

Citrus

Lake Weir

Lecanto

Leesburg

Ocala Vanguard

Springstead

Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek

Fivay

Gulf

Pasco, River Ridge

Wesley Chapel

Zephyrhills

Class 5A, District 8

Blake

Brandon

Freedom

Jefferson

Jesuit

King

Middleton

Robinson

Class 5A, District 9

Clearwater

Countryside

Hollins

Osceola

Seminole

Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast

Northeast

St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9

Central

Crystal River

Hernando

Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10

Anclote

Chamberlain

Dunedin

Hudson

Tarpon Springs

Class 4A, District 11

Gibbs

Lakewood

Parrish

Sarasota Booker

Sebring

Wauchula Hardee

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Bishop McLaughlin

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Seffner Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Admiral Farragut

Berkeley Prep

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

Shorecrest

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Classical Prep

Hernando Christian

Seven Rivers Christian

Zephyrhills Christian

Class 2A, District 10

Bayshore Christian

Brandon Academy

Cambridge Christian

Foundation Christian

Lakeside Christian

Universal Academy

Class 2A, District 11

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton Gulf Coast HEAT

Canterbury

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

Port Charlotte Community Christian

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