Cape Coral High pulled off a major upset Wednesday night by beating No. 1 seed Golden Gate on their home floor 35-34 to earn the right to face No. 2 seed Mariner in the championship game of the District 5A-12 Tournament Friday night at Golden Gate.
The fourth-seeded Seahawks (12-10) trailed the Titans all but the final minute of the game. The Seahawks pulled out the victory when Jevon Boyd hit the field goal that put them up one point, the final margin, with 25 seconds remaining.
The Titans, who were undefeated (10-0) in district games this season, had a couple of cracks at the game-winning basket a the end, but was off the mark when time ran out.
Mariner senior Taylor Henderson (3) looks to throw to first after making a forecout at third in the Tritons’ 1-0 loss to Charlotte Wednesday night. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Boys finished with nine points in support of Marcus Blackwell with 13 points.
Mariner 59, Lely 46: Rodney Hunter and Chris Carpenter lifted their game to a higher level Wednesday night to carry Mariner to victory in the District 5A-12 Tournament semifinals at Golden Gate Wednesday night.
"Rodney played the best game I've seen him play," said Tritons coach James Harris. "He played his butt off, and Carpenter played well, too."
Hunter finished with a team-high 22 points with Carpenter hitting for 15.
"It was a solid team win," said Harris. "We held (Lely) to 13 points in the first quarter and 16 points through the third."
The Tritons (18-8) square off against city rival Cape Coral for the district championship Friday night at Golden Gate.
Venice 42, Island Coast 26: Island Coast could not pull off a similar upset in District 6A-11, falling to No. 2 seed Venice in the semifinal round Wednesday night.
"We couldn't throw it in the ocean," said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "It's sad, we did a good job on defense holding them 20 points below their season average. It was not our night."
JV call-up Kory Curtis, a freshman, led the Gators in scoring with eight points and Torian Thomas had seven. Sonel Mathurin had his normal night rebounding with 10 grabs.
Venice travels to No. 1 seed Port Charlotte for Friday night's championship game. The Gators finish the season 10-16.
Port Charlotte 71, Ida Baker 24: Ida Baker's final performance of the season on the basketball court was as frustrating as the entire season, ending in a lopsided defeat in the District 6A-11 Tournament semifinal round Wednesday night.
The top-seeded Pirates dominated from the outset, opening a 15-0 lead before the Bulldogs could muster any points.
"We were frustrated like crazy," said Bulldogs coach Jay Sanderson. "We didn't come prepared to play. When they jumped out to that big lead, we were not ready for their pressure."
Nick Benvie led the Bulldogs with 13 points to close out a four-win season in a 25-game schedule.
Port Charlotte hosts Venice on Friday in the championship game.
Charlotte 1, Mariner 0: Charlotte scored a run in the fourth inning and made it stand up by holding Mariner to just three hits in Wednesday's season-opening game for the Tritons.
Lindsey Nelson was the only Triton with an extra-base hit, a double. The Tritons (0-1) play Thursday night at Island Coast.