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Hutchins, Casey lead Oasis past Berkeley Prep

Mariiner, Cape also win to advance in basketball tourney action

February 23, 2018
By PETE SISK (sports@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

There's a new star in Cape Coral. Southwest Florida, meet Taylon Hutchins.

The fearless junior poured in 33 points Thursday night, slicing through Tampa Berkeley Prep's big men and leading the Oasis Sharks to a 79-73 win in the first boys basketball playoffs appearance in school history.

It was far from a one-man show for Oasis, though. Senior Gabe Casey scored 25 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, and had five rebounds and two blocked shots before fouling out in the final minute.

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MICHAEL PISTELLA
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Oasis senior Gabe Casey (2) races down the court during the Sharks' 79-73 win over Berkeley Prep in their regional quarterfinal game Thursday night. To view more photos from the game, see our Facebook page.

Despite the complete lack of playoff experience, the Sharks played a confident, aggressive game against a Berkley Prep team that had gone unbeaten in its district before stumbling against Tampa Catholic in the District 5A-9 final.

"We expected to win," Sharks coach Robert Ebbert said. "They have some bigs, but we expected to win."

The Sharks will be traveling up to Tampa Catholic on Tuesday for the second round of the playoffs. Tampa Catholic rolled past Community School of Naples, 88-55, in another first-round game.

"Our kids were ready for this," Ebbert said. "This was our 11th (win) in a row.

"Preparation plus opportunity equals success. They give us the opportunities, and we had the preparation."

Hutchins added eight rebounds and three assists to his 33 points.

"He imposes his will every night," Ebbert said of Hutchins. "That kid has the capacity and the heart of a lion. He's definitely a player that plays great every minute of the game."

The Sharks did hit a road bump in the second quarter. Berkeley Prep (21-7) scored the last 11 points of the first half to lead 35-30 at halftime.

"We had a nice run in the first (quarter), they caught in in the second," Ebbert said. "Our boys bounced back. We've faced adversity all the time. We've had a triple-overtime, numerous overtimes. We had experienced it before so we were ready to bounce back."

Oasis scratched back during the third quarter, with Casey hitting a buzzer-beater on a pass from Kyle Bethel to lead 57-56 with eight minutes to play.

Berkeley Prep briefly nudged back ahead, but Casey hit a long, long 3-pointer to put his team up for good.

Oasis opened up a 71-64 lead, but Berkeley Prep had one more rally. However, with the Buccaneers within 73-70, Berkeley Prep's Zach Mathis missed a layup. Hutchins pulled down the rebound, was fouled and sank two foul shots.

Casey, Mathis, and the Bucs' Myles Hyatt all fouled out in the final minute.

Hutchins hit two more free throws with 38.5 seconds remaining for a 77-70 lead, and the Sharks held on from there.

For Berkeley Prep, Hyatt had 12 points and Mathis, Kaleb Karnes and Mayan Ahanotu scored 11 each.

The game started on an odd note. The officials thought that one of Oasis' players tried a dunk during warmups, and awarded Berkeley Prep two technical foul shots. As a result, the Sharks were down 2-0 before the first second ticked off the clock.

Boys basketball

Class 6A playoffs?

Mariner 55, St. Petersburg Gibbs 50: Elijah Adams, Dakota Deverteuil and Rashawn Hunter all hit key free throws in the late going as the Tritons (20-8) advanced to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs with a victory up in St. Petersburg. Mariner will be home on Tuesday to face Bradenton Bayshore, which nipped Immokalee 67-66 in another first-round game.

Class 7A playoffs

Cape Coral 70, Boca Ciega 56: The Seahawks will get a chance at revenge in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs after going on the road and downing Boca Ciega. With the win, Cape Coral gets a rematch against Lemon Bay, which upset Cape in the district championship game last Friday. Tuesday's game will be at Lemon Bay. The Manta Rays advanced with a 59-52 win against Largo.

Softball

Bishop Verot 3, North Fort Myers 2: The Vikings (4-0) came out on top in a game where all five runs were unearned. North Fort Myers stranded 11 runners. Emma Johnson had three hits and drove in both Red Knights (3-1) runs. Johnson was the losing pitcher despite giving up only three hits and striking out five.

Mariner 16, Southwest Florida Christian 1: Alexis Baker and Georgia Waddell each had two hits, and Baker struck out six SFCA batters to earn the pitching win.

Lemon Bay 7, Ida Baker 3: The Manta Rays (4-1) completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs (0-5).

Baseball

Boys Tennis?

Mariner 6, Lehigh 1: Andrew Kibler (M) d. Carson Bissey 6-1, 6-2; Hayden Wiseley (M) d. Rodrigo San Juan 6-0, 6-1; Brandon King (M) d. Macya Shakklefore 6-0, 6-1; Danny Spencer (L) d. Hunter Antoine 6-1, 5-7, 10-5; Christian DeJesus (M) d. Javian Cole 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Kibler/Wiseley (M) d. Bissey/San Juan 8-3; Yeni Win/Teddy Perchall (M) dd. Shakklefore/Spencer 8-1. Exhibition: Xavier DeJesus (M) d. Casey Chelviar 6-1, 6-3.

 
 
 

 

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