The Mariner Tritons wanted to get off to a good start against crosstown rival Cape Coral, but even a 22-2 first-quarter run was a pleasant surprise.
"Our goal was to get a good start and we did, but then they beat us over the last three quarters," coach James Harris said of his Tritons' 56-39 victory Wednesday.
The Seahawks (5-5, 2-2 District 5A-12) outscored the Tritons 37-34 after the first quarter, but the deficit proved too much. Not that the Seahawks didn't make a good comeback. They gave a good effort by knocking down seven three-point goals in the final three quarters.
Cape Coral Seahawk Katara Gaymon tries to save the ball from going out
of bounds and Mariners' Alexis Runnels looks on.
Another factor, according to Seahawks coach Tom Kenna, was disparity in the free throws. The Tritons converted on 14-of-22 chances compared to 0-of-2 for the Seahawks.
"The boys played hard, that's about it," said Kenna.
Devon Boyd led the Seahawks with 17 points, including three three-pointers, with Joe Maseros adding 14, including three threes.
Kaleb Darrett struck for a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Tritons (8-2). Rodney Hunter added 13 points and five rebounds.
The Seahawks play again in a three-day holiday tournament in Bradenton starting on Dec. 27 against Bayshore.
The Tritons host their own three-day Christmas Tournament starting Friday and Saturday with the championship game on Monday, Dec. 23. Their first game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Cypress Lake.
Cape Coral 2 11 7 19 - 39
Mariner 22 10 12 12 - 56
CAPE 39 - Boyd 17, Maseros 13, Jiles 4, Martin 5. Totals: 16 0-2 39. 3PG: Boyd 3, Maseros 3, Martin 1.
MARINER 56 - Darrett 23, Ferdinand 4, Sillie 3, Carpenter 2, Hunter 13, Deems 7, Taylor 4. Totals: 19 14-22 56. 3PG: Hunter 2, Darrett 1, Ferdinand 1.
Cape Coral 66, Mariner 26: Cape Coral raced to an early lead and had the victory salted away by the time the score was 42-15 at halftime against the crosstown rivals.
The Tritons (6-12) did not have a double-figure scorer, led by Pharrah Milan with eight points and Katie Caric with seven. The Tritons are idle until Jan. 7 when they host First Baptist Academy.