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Sharks knock off Gators 70-61

November 30, 2013
By JONATHAN BLIKSTAD - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On the opening day of the 3rd annual Turkey Shootout, Gulf Coast pulled out a close game win over host Island Coast 70-61 Friday night.

In the first half, Gulf Coast played a full-court zone defense, which bothered the Gators a few timesm but just as often, the Gators got past the press, exploited the defense and ended up dishing the ball to Sonel Mathurin, who scored 22 points after two quarters. He had two signature dunks during that time to help excite the crowd.

Both teams attempted several threes in the first half, and neither was successful until Descota Hillard hit one with 20 seconds left in the half.

The game was tight the entire first half. The Gators led by two after one period, and the Sharks led by two at half.

Gulf Coast benefited from going to the foul line numerous times in the first half. They were 15-of-19. On the other bench, Island Coast coach Greg Coleman was shuffling players in and out because several were in foul trouble.

As the second half started, the Sharks went on a quick 6-0 run to build to an eight point lead. The Gators' Mark Casimir responded with his only bucket of the night, a three-pointer. Island Coast continued to go to Mathurin, but Gulf Coast changed to a man-to-man to try to stop his scoring. He scored only eight in the second half. The Gators also went to Morgan Foreman, who ended up at the foul line three times in the third quarter.

The Sharks' lead was-54-48 after three quarters. On the first play of the fourth, Mathurin rebounded a missed shot, and kicked it out to Hillard who drained a three. Now, it was only a three-point game. The Gators got the ball back, but could not convert a lay-in for another basket. Instead, Gulf Coast got two consecutive fast break baskets, one being a conventional three-point basket, and the lead was eight.

Both teams scratched for every point. The Sharks committed a turnover two times in a row, but it seemed the Gators couldn't capitalize. Then the next possession, the Sharks scored, and quickly stole the ensuing inbounds pass and converted a second basket.

Island Coast came down and hit another three, to bring it within six again. The "nail-in-the-coffin" came with 1:41 left when Noah Evans hit the last of only three threes that the Sharks made on the night.

"Since we survived in the first half, I thought we'd come back strong in the second, but our guys just aren't in basketball shape yet. Defense is all about effort, and we're just not there yet." said Island Coast coach Greg Coleman. "It's early in the game (season), and we're working toward being ready when league play begins."

Mathurin led all scorers with 30, and added 15 rebounds. Gulf Coast was led by Luke Czaplewski with 21.

Gulf Coast plays North Port at 3 p.m. Saturday, while Island Coast hosts Chaminade-Madonna Prep at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Gulf Coast 16 23 15 16 - 70

Island Coast 18 19 11 13 - 61

GULF COAST (70) - Tormey 2, Czaplewski 21, Weber 4, Moore 14, Peterson 2, White 8, Spivy 12, Tricker 4 Evans 3 Totals: 24 19-24, 3 PG: 3

ISLAND COAST (61) - Casimir 3, Grimm 3, Foreman 8, Mathurin 30, Thomas 7, Hillard 6, King 4. Totals: 23 11-21, 3PG: 4

Mariner 48, Jensen Beach 36: Mariner opened an early lead and despite not giving its best effort held off Jensen Beach Friday in the Island Coast Turkey Shootout.

Rodney Hunter led the Tritons with 12 points with three teammates each contributing seven points.

Jean Alexis hit for a game-high 16 points for Jensen Beach.

The Tritons (3-0) face Community School of Naples at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jensen Beach 9 5 7 15 - 36

Mariner 12 10 8 18 - 48

JENSEN (36) - Alexis 16, Aumoithe 6, Baker 10, Coleman 1, Sturgnardi 3. Totals: 14 6-16 36.

3PG: Alexis 1, Baker1.

MARINER (48) - Davis 2, Patton 7, C. Darrett 2, Sillie 4, Carpenter 7, Hunter 12, I. Darrett 5, Deems 2, Taylor 2. Totals: 19 8-17 48.

3PG: Carpenter 1, Hunter 1.

Girls Basketball

Cape Coral 53, Olympia 38: McKenna Beach pitched in 20 points and Crystal Townsend 14 to lead Cape Coral to victory in the first round of the Orlando Holiday Tournament.

The Seahawks (3-1) play again at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Girls Basketball

Cape Coral 53, Olympia 38: McKenna Beach pitched in 20 points and Crystal Townsend 14 to lead Cape Coral to victory in the first round of the Orlando Holiday Tournament.

The Seahawks (3-1) play again at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Sports editor Jim Linette contributed to this report.

 
 
 

 

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