Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Instant Classic | Rams Clip Sailors in Latest Edition of City Rivalry

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Instant Classic | Rams Clip Sailors in Latest Edition of City Rivalry

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SARASOTA -- They used to be teammates.

Most days, they're co-workers.

Wednesday night, they were the stars in the latest battle for city bragging rights.

Brion Whitley wound up being the hero, hitting a jumper with 14 seconds remaining to give Riverview High a 71-70 win over host Sarasota in front of a packed and raucous crowd at Sarasota High School.

But the game-winner easily could have rolled off the fingers of Sarasota's Emmanuel Lambright. Whitley and Lambright, who were teammates for two seasons at Sarasota Christian and now work at Jumpin Fun Sports, each scored 26 points and lit up the crowd by combining to hit six 3-pointers in a span of about three minutes during a dizzying second quarter.

"He's a heck of a player. We were kind of talking back and forth during the game -- 'Good shot', and those kinds of things," Whitley said. "It was a great environment. That's the type of stuff we live for. But it's not about us -- our teammates made great plays."

Lambright hit on his first five 3-point attempts to help the Sailors take a 42-41 lead into halftime. But the Rams (9-5) closed the third quarter on an 8-0 run -- four of the points came courtesy of Whitley, including a dunk with more than a minute remaining -- to take a 58-49 lead into the final period.

Prior to that spurt, the largest margin between the teams was four points.

The Sailors (4-8), however, clawed back, beginning when Lambright converted a four-point play after he was fouled while draining one of his six 3-pointers less than 20 seconds into the fourth quarter. Then they got a boost from junior Andrew Warrington, whose second 3- pointer in less than a minute drew Sarasota to within 64-63 with 5:06 remaining.

Alex Molyneaux hit the Sailors' 12th and final 3-pointer of the night, bringing the Sailors to within a point yet again (69-68) with 2:14 to play. …

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