Playing from in front the entire game suited Island Coast just fine Monday, but the final 2:30 belonged to Dunbar which outscored the Gators 21-13 in the fourth quarter to earn a 56-53 come-from-behind victory in the Lehigh Medical Center Holiday Madness Tournament at East Lee County.
"It was a sloppy game for both teams," said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "We had 19 turnovers and they had 21. We had a few key turnovers at the end and getting outscored in the fourth quarter did us in."
The Gators (5-9) hope to get a win Tuesday over Hardee County in the seventh-place game at 3:30 p.m.
"They have a kid that averages 27 points per game," said Coleman. "I watched them play. We have to shut him down. Hopefully, we can get a win to gain some momentum going into a stretch of six straight district games when we come back."
Morgan Foreman led the Gators Monday with 15 points and seven rebounds. Torian Thomas contributed 13 points and Sonel Mathurin 10 points, 10 rebounds and six steals.
After Dunbar grabbed its first lead at 47-46 with 2:30 to play, the Gators never recovered. They managed to get the ball back with 3.5 seconds left, but had to go the length of the floor to possibly tie the game and force overtime. They turned the ball over and never got off a final shot.
Charlotte 58, Oasis 50: Jordan Westendorf's return to the lineup for the first time since the Queen of Palms tournament began last Friday, helped the Sharks only moderately against the Class 7A Charlotte Tarpons Monday at Cypress Lake.
Westendorf led the Sharks with 22 points and Samantha Wood added 15, but the Tarpons had too many athletes to overcome.
"We played well, a decent game, but it's tough for us against a 7A school," said Sharks coach Sam Wood.
Westendorf fouled out in the fourth quarter and the Sharks (8-7) never recovered.