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Sharks claim first district hoops title

February 20, 2018
By ERIC DEVAUX ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Oasis High School Sharks' boys basketball team made school history Friday night in front of a packed house at home.

The Sharks' won their first ever district title against the Community School of Naples Seahawks putting on a defensive and offensive show, winning 71-60.

The fans in the stands erupted as soon as they knew that they had the game in the bag, and the players' and coaches' emotions were on full display.

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The Oasis High boys baskeball team celebrates winning its first district championship Friday on the Sharks’ home court. Oasis defeated the Community School of Naples, 71-60, to advance in tournament play this week.

"We worked in the off season too hard not to win this," Sharks' coach Robert Ebbert said.

The game was officially won on the boards. The Sharks were, for the most part, camped out under the rim reeling in defensive and offensive rebounds.

This was all due in part to Sharks' player Gabe Casey, who was a big presence under the rim, gathering in seven defensive rebounds and five offensive rebounds. He also had a couple huge blocks.

"Gabe Casey worked really hard," Ebbert said. "He missed a few at the beginning but he definitely cleaned up the big boards."

Casey also got things done on the offensive front. From put-backs to jump shots, Casey had 15 points.

It was not the most comfortable lead, but a lead without a doubt that the Sharks kept throughout the game.

Defense does win games, but you do need to score points at the same time. The Sharks showed how balanced they were.

"We're resilient," Ebbert said. "We just fight. That's what we do."

Sharks' player Kylar Frias led the team with 19 points and had some game changing shots to keep the home team ahead throughout the game.

The three-ball was there as well for the Sharks.

The threes started to fall right away in the first with Sharks' Kyle Bethel knocking down three threes.

The Sharks were able to hit seven huge threes throughout the game.

The Seahawks had struggles but still were able to stay in the game primarily due to Ryker Vance. He ended the night with 23 points with five threes and a block.

Ebbert was feeling the moment at game's end, but still looks ahead for the next game.

"They're bigger teams," Ebbert said. "They're are going to try to crash us on the boards but we are going to work a couple things out.



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