Bayshore boys have rough night in Smoothie King Classic final

adell@bradenton.comDecember 31, 2013 

Demarco Syed-Fisher of Bayshore dribbles down the court during Monday's championship game of the Smoothie King Classic at Bradenton Christian. TOM HUBBARD/Special to the Herald

BRADENTON -- When Wilmore Fowler took over the Bayshore boys basketball team just before the season started he knew there would be nights like this.

His Bruins were trounced 67-36 by Cardinal Newman in the championship game of the Smoothie King Classic boys division at Bradenton Christian School Monday.

"Making it to the tournament final is a big step in the right direction," Fowler said. "They were just too big for us. It made it hard to get off good shots. Their size got us. They have a good team and we didn't come out with much intensity. Also, we couldn't buy a basket."

The Bruins shot a woeful 14 for 59 from the field. Their only two players in double figures were Wesley Jackson and Justin Harris, who scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

Bayshore (6-9) had trouble dealing with John Collins. The 6-8 center led Cardinal Newman (10-2) with 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Most of his shots were dunks and put-backs, which enabled the Crusaders to shoot 25 for 62.

Bayshore tried to stay with Cardinal Newman but the game started to get away from the Bruins midway through the first quarter and they trailed 16-8 after the first period.

The Crusaders increased their lead to 34-18 at halftime. They connected 6 of 13 field goal attempts in the second period while limiting Bayshore to 3 for 13 shooting.

The game got out of hand in the third quarter when Cardinal Newman outscored Bayshore 15-8 and held a 49-26 lead after three periods. Collins led the scoring spree with seven points.

Scooter McDuffie had 10 rebounds and Harris nine for Bayshore, which struggled with 17 turnovers.

"We don't have any size so we got to play with what we got," Fowler said. "We were just flat, flat, flat. Wesley usually hits a lot of shots that he

missed tonight. We won two games in the tournament and just to come this far is good. They are playing real hard. We just got keep on doing what we are doing."

In earlier consolation games Manatee defeated Bradenton Christian 70-44, Cape Coral topped Victory Christian 72-32 and Sarasota Christian beat Citrus Park Christian 48.

Cardinal Newman's triumph marked the third straight year an out of town won the tournament, which began in 2007.

Bayshore was gunning for its first Smoothie King Classic championship.

Bradenton Christian won the first three tournaments and Lakewood Ranch won in 2010. Tampa Prep won in 2011 and East Bay last year.

This was the first time a local boys team made it to the final since 2010.

Collins was named tournament MVP.

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