An offensive outburst in the second quarter set the tone and Mariner cruised past Canterbury 67-32 Thursday night in the first round of the Tritons' Christmas Tournament.
The Tritons opened a 10-point lead in the opening period, but outscored Canterbury 26-14 in the second quarter to grab a 39-17 halftime advantage.
"When our offense got going it was one of those games where everyone got to play," said Tritons coach James Harris. "Then we tried to do some things with our transition offense."
Rick Moore led a trio of Tritons in double figures with 14 points. Rodney Hunter and Alex Sillie each added 11 points. Bailey Cahill, Devin Deems and Moore contributed five rebounds apiece.
The win sends the Tritons (7-5) to Friday's semifinal round against city rival Island Coast (7-5) at 7:30 p.m.
The Gators opened a 20-point lead at halftime to pound North Fort Myers 85-47 in the first game of the eight-team tournament.
In other games, Estero defeated Riverdale 48-39 and Cypress Lake was crushed by Port Charlotte 63-37.
"We shot better than we have been," said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "We made better than 50 percent from the field."
The Gators did not let up in the second half. Leading 47-27 at the break, the Gators went on a 29-point spurt to lead 76-41 and finished the game with a running clock.
"I think our athleticism kind of took over," said Coleman. "They were looking forward to getting this one done and look forward to tomorrow night (Mariner) because we blew a 20-point lead when we lost to them."
Kaleb Darrett found the range for a personal best 33 points, including six three-pointers, to go with seven steals while Angel Inchausti added 24 points with five assists. Sonel Mathurin contributed 10 rebounds.
Riverdale and Cypress Lake play in Friday's first consolation game at 2:15 p.m., followed by North Fort Myers and Canterbury at 4 p.m.
The semifinal games get under way at 5:45 p.m. with Estero taking on Port Charlotte, followed by Island Coast and the host Tritons.
Three consolation games are slated for Saturday before the championship match at 7:30 p.m.
North FM 17 10 14 6 - 47
Island Coast 26 21 29 9 - 85
North 47 - Faller 14, Harrell 9, Byrd 5, Johnson 5, Rudcer 4, Pratt 6, De Pasquale 4. Totals: 17 12-20 47.
3PG: Johnson 1.
Island Coast 85 - Inchausti 24, Lugo 7, K. Darrett 33, Foreman 2, Sirmons 3, Rubico 4, Diaz 7, I. Darrett 3, Mathurin 2. Totals: 30 17-21 85.
3PG: Inchausti 1, Lugo 1, K. Darrett 6.
Canterbury 3 14 11 4 - 32
Mariner 13 26 16 12 - 67
Canterbury 32 Burton 5, Wheeler 4, Perkins 5, Brooke 2, Keating 6, Sorensen 10. Totals: 11 7-12 32.
3PG: Keating 2, Burton 1.
Mariner 67 - Davis 2, Mitchell 6, Patton 6, Cahill 2, Moore 14, Nash 6, Hunter 11, Deems 7, Sillie 11, Taylor 2. Totals: 26 10-11 67.
3PG: Patton 2, Moore 2, Nash 1.
Cape Coral 3, Fort Myers 2: Juan Cano and Camillo Avendano hooked up to bring Cape Coal back from a 2-0 deficit to trip up Fort Myers Thursday night.
With Avendano assisting, Cano scored the Seahawks' first two goals to erase the deficit early in the second half. The game-winning goal came from Avendano off an assist from Cano.
Alex Collazo and Austin Lachmann combined in net for 11 saves to preserve the win.
The Seahawks (13-1-2) host Golden Gate on Jan. 8.