A deliberate, patient offensive game plan nearly carried Cape Coral to victory Wednesday night, but Bishop Verot made the necessary plays in overtime to claim a 51-42 victory.
Mason Taylor led the Vikings comeback in the second half with a game-high 24 points to go with 16 rebounds and five assists.
Mitchell Fundingsland sank two free throws in the final minute of regulation that tied the score at 42-42. The Seahawks worked for a final shot, which missed, and the Vikings also missed at shot at the buzzer.
A layup by Cape Coral's Jovan Boyd is blocked by Verot's Luke Labreche Wednesday night at Bishop Verot..
In overtime, the Vikings held the Seahawks scoreless to nail down the close call win.
Fundingsland finished with 13 points for the Vikings (6-1).
Chase Galuzny led the Seahawks (5-5) with 15 points.
The Vikings participate in the City of Palms Classic next week while the Seahawks visit North Fort Myers Friday night.
Cape Coral 3 14 12 13 0 - 42
Bishop Verot 4 11 19 8 9 - 51
Cape 42 - Boyd 6, Galuzny 15, Flynn 4, Mesaros 3, Taylor 10, Louzao 4. Totals: 18 1-3 42.
3PG: Taylor 2, Mesaros 1, Galuzny 2.
Verot 51 - Schell 6, Fundingsland 13, Taylor 24, Williams 6, Labreche 2. Totals: 21 8-12 51.
3PG: Fundingsland 1.
Gulf Coast 81, Ida Baker 74: Even a career-high and believed school record 40 points by Seth Woods wasn't enough to earn Ida Baker a victory Wednesday night at Gulf Coast.
Baker also got a double-double effort from Nate Evans with 12 points and 10 rebounds with Chris Snyder adding 11 points. Preston Grimm contributed eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.
The Bulldogs (1-8) erupted for 31 points in the fourth quarter, but even that was not enough to erase a 60-41 deficit over the final eight minutes.
The Bulldogs play their first district game Friday night against Island Coast.
Ida Baker 12 13 16 31 - 74
Gulf Coast 24 18 18 19 - 81
Baker 74 - Benvie 2, Grimm 3, Woods 40, Snyder 11, Evans 12, Wicks 5. Totals: 25 14-19 74.
3PG: Woods 6, Snyder 3, Wicks 1.
Gulf Coast 81 - Kaprida 2, Murphy 12, Petlewski 7, Weber 14, Estrungis 8, Neptene 10, Moore 12, Napsen 8, Small 4, Oberman 4. Totals: 28 21-25 81.
3PG: Murphy 1, Petlewski 1, Weber 2.
Gulf Coast 4, Ida Baker 1: Marlon Herrera's 25-yard free kick goal in the first 10 minutes gave Ida Baker a lead, but Gulf Coast responded to claim a District 4A-12 victory Wednesday night.
"We had good offensive chances and our bench did well against a good team," said Bulldogs coach Scott Wills. "We just couldn't get anything to go in."
The Bulldogs (5-7-1, 2-5-1 district) host North Fort Myers Friday night.
Ida Baker 3, Gulf Coast 0: Ida Baker secured the No. 1 seed for the district tournament with their 9th shutout victory of the season Wednesday night.
Franny Farella scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the game's first 11 seconds. Monique Elliott contributed two insurance goals with Farella and Shannon Pearl both having assists.
The Bulldogs (16-1-1, 6-1-1 district), who avenged an earlier season tie with the Sharks, travel to North Fort Myers Friday night.
Port Charlotte 59, Ida Baker 50: Port Charlotte pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Ida Baker Wednesday night.
Jessie Placher led the Bulldogs with 27 points and Ali Nicloy added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Three players fouled out of the game, leaving the already shorthanded Bulldogs due to injury and illness even more depleted on the bench.
The Bulldogs (8-4) play at Island Coast Friday night.
Pt. Charlotte 11 14 16 18 - 59
Ida Baker 6 10 23 11 - 50