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Published: Saturday, 12/20/2003

CITY: St. John s wins Florida opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. - St. John s Jesuit defeated Charlotte 63-53 in its opening game in the City of Palms Classic last night.

Brian Roberts led the Titans (4-1) with 20 points and seven rebounds, while B.J. Raymond added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Leading 37-32 in the third quarter, St. John s took control of the game for good with a 13-0 surge.

Mickey Cassidy chipped in nine points and three steals for the Titans.

Andre Brown scored 18 points for Charlotte (3-2).

The Titans will face Miami Senior tonight at 9:50.

Jerome Pierce and Ernie Reed tossed in 15 points apiece to lead 12 Cowboys scorers as Libbey opened up a 36-19 lead at the half.

Pierce added seven assists and Reed chipped in six steals to lead the Cowboys (4-0, 3-0). Quintin Mitchell contributed 10 points and David Osby had six points and seven rebounds.

Les McGee scored 14 points and Anthony Pettaway added 12 for the Rebels.

Taking advantage of its full-court trap, Libbey tallied 50 points after intermission.

The Rams held a close lead for most of the game but pulled away from the Indians (2-3, 0-3) with a 23-point fourth quarter.

Rogers was led by Brent Jones with 17 points, Stewart Armstrong added 16, and Marquis Glenn pumped in 15.

Waite was paced by Mike Lucas 20 points on nine field goals. Sean Hamilton notched 19 and Darrion Griffin had 10 for the Indians.

Scott prevailed in a high-scoring contest as Gary Carrigan led the way for the Bulldogs (3-1, 3-0) with 23 points, with Romeo Alexander adding 18 points and Kenneth Byrd 12.

Brett McDougle (20), Devin Scarbrough (19), and John Nelson (18) carried the scoring load for visiting Clay (3-1, 2-1).

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