When three-point shots don't fall, the basketball team shooting them often does.?The Island Coast Gators couldn't find the range from the three-point distance Saturday, falling 60-52 to Charlotte in the Mariner Christmas Tournament.
Coach Greg Coleman's Gators (3-7) put up 38 three-point shots during the game. Only six were successful.
"If we could throw it in the ocean we'd be dangerous," Coleman said. "The object of the game is to get the ball into the orange round cylinder. It's tough to win games when you can't do that."
Still, Island Coast was within 36-35 late in the third quarter Saturday. Charlotte (7-4) finally iced the game when Dwight Reynolds hit two free throws with 24 seconds left, giving the Tarpons a 58-50 edge.
"That's where they stretched it was at the free-throw line," Coleman said. "We've got to play defense without fouling. You can't put a team like that at the free-throw line in the double-bonus the whole fourth quarter. I think they scored 20 points in the fourth quarter. Nearly all of them were at the free-throw line."
Both teams were in the double-bonus during the final period. For the game, Charlotte hit 25-of-31 at the line, while Island Coast was 18-of-22.
Preston Grimm led the Gators in scoring with 12 points. Reynolds was 13-of-16 at the free-throw line on the way to 17 points for Charlotte. The Tarpons were led by Adrian Ivankovic, who hit five three-pointers and finished with 19 points.
The Gators face Cypress Lake in the seventh-place game at 2:15 p.m. Monday. Cypress Lake lost to Lehigh 70-57 on Saturday.
Charlotte takes on Lehigh at 4 p.m. Monday for fifth place.
"We've got to learn how to close out against good teams," Coleman said. "Like I said yesterday, we've got to get over that hump."
Island Coast 8 10 18 16 - 52?
Charlotte 15 15 10 20 - 60?
ISLAND COAST (52) - Casimir 6, Grimm 12, Hopson 3, King 6, Muhammad 1, Foreman 9, Gunning 2, Hilliard 7, Jeannelas 4, Mathurin 2. Totals: 14 18-22 52. 3PG: Casimir 2, Grimm 1, King 2, Hilliard 1.
CHARLOTTE (60) - Dwa. Reynolds 4, Montoya 4, Ivankovic 19, Dwi. Reynolds 17, Tyler 5. Totals: 14 25-31 60. 3PG: Ivankovic 5.