Last Updated: Friday, January 06, 2017
Impressive performances from two of the top programs in Central Florida highlighted the Spectrum Sports Shootout in Jack L. Wilson Gymnasium at Clearwater High School Friday night.
Defending 3A State Champions Windermere Prep look to be hitting their stride at the right time, as they have their sights set on making waves two classes higher this year in 5A. The Lakers cruised past Lakeland 66-52 in the nightcap of the shootout.
Memphis signee David Nickelberry earned Player of the Game honors with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Xion Golding and Shaquan Jules both added ten points.
The Dreadnaughts were led by one of the best sophomores in the state, Luke Anderson, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. J.D. Brown scored 17 of Lakeland's 27 first-half points before being shut down in the second half by Windermere's defense.
The Lakers (8-5) travel to Jones for the first district game on Wednesday, while Lakeland (6-7) also starts district play at home vs. Kathleen on Tuesday.
In the earlier game, the Winter Park Wildcats outlasted the Clearwater Tornadoes 72-63.
Florida State commit Wyatt Wilkes was held out of the starting lineup due to a groin injury but his impact was felt the moment he entered the game in the first quarter. The 6-foot-7 senior poured in 15 first-half points and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Winter Park's Kevin Buckley added 16 points (14 in the second half) and four rebounds while sophomore Malik Tolbert finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Noah Thorp led Clearwater with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Alfred scored 13 points and Letrell Randall put up nine points to go with five assists.
Winter Park improves to 7-8 and next faces #14 Boone on Thursday. Clearwater falls to 4-8 and faces off with Apopka on Saturday in Day 2 of the Spectrum Sports Shootout.