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Mariner dumps Cape 51-38

February 9, 2013
By PETE SISK - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The record might not be as gaudy, but the end result is the same. The Mariner Tritons are District 5A-13 champions.

The Tritons beat archrival Cape Coral 51-38 Friday night at Mariner to repeat as boys' district basketball champions and earn a home game in Thursday's regional quarterfinals against Golden Gate at 7 p.m. The Titans lost to Lely 53-48 in the District 5A-14 final.

Mariner's 16-10 record doesn't quite match last year's 24-7 squad that reached the regional final, but this season isn't over.

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Mariner senior Rick Moore hugs teammate Jaylen Mitchell after the Tritons won the District 5A-13 title Friday night. More photos are available online at:

Tritons coach James Harris said, "I'd never been here with Cape and Mariner playing for a district championship. I knew Cape was going to come out and play well, but I also knew my guys would play good basketball too.

"It took us a little while to jell, and we're starting to roll now."

Winning the district title over Cape made it more special for Tritons leading scorer Rodney Hunter.

"A rival game," Hunter said. "They beat us once. We got them back."

Despite the loss, there's another game for Cape Coral (12-15). As District 5A-13 runner-up, the Seahawks will travel to Lely for a regional quarterfinal on Thursday.

"I'm excited that we're still playing," Seahawks coach Thomas Kenna said. 'We've had a great year. Second place is nothing to be ashamed about.

"Coach Harris is a really good coach and he got his team to play harder than mine tonight. I think this is a great, great learning experience for our guys."

Cape led for much of the first half. The Seahawks led 13-11 after the first period and by as much as 17-11.

Hunter scored all 11 first-period points for Mariner. He wound up with 25 on the night, including 10 points at the foul line.

Rick Moore's basket with two minutes remaining in the second quarter gave Mariner its first lead. Cape remained within 23-22 at halftime, but Mariner dominated the final two periods by a 28-16 margin. The Tritons clamped down on defense, then forced Cape to chase the ball and send Mariner to the foul line.

"Cape's tough and they play a grind-out style of basketball," Harris said. "They make you have to play disciplined basketball. Early on we had a hard time getting into the groove of the game.

"I'm really proud of our defensive effort. I though we played spectacular defense in the second half."

Moore scored 15 points for Mariner. Cape got 14 points from David Flynn and 11 from Chase Galuzny.

The Tritons have won two of the three meetings with the Seahawks this season. A fourth matchup looms should both win Thursday night. That game also would be at Mariner on Feb. 19.

"I think we will meet again," Kenna said.

"We'll beat them again," Hunter said.

Cape Coral 13 9 8 8 - 38

Mariner 11 12 14 14 - 51

Cape 38 - Boyd 6, Chase Galuzny 11, David Flynn 14, Lape 2, Taylor 3, Acebedo 2. Totals: 14 6-11 38.

3PG: Flynn 2, Boyd, Taylor.

Mariner 51 - Mitchell 4, Rick Moore 15, Nash 5, Rodney Hunter 25, Deems 2. Totals: 16 16-23 51.

3PG: Hunter, Moore.



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