The concluding game of the Island Coast Turkey Shootout saw Chaminade-Madonna outlast host Island Coast 46-43 Saturday night.
Island Coast came out in a zone defense in the first half, and Chaminade had some difficulty, giving the ball away several times. Morgan Foreman stole the ball twice in a row. Both teams were cold from the field.
Chaminade did not make one three-point shot the entire game. But, as the first quarter ended, the Lions were up 9-8. The Gators had three threes in the second quarter, and converted on a couple of fast breaks. They led 23-17 at half.
Photo by DARRYL WELLS
Preston Grimm (4) of Island Coast handles the ball as defender literally tries to hold him from making a play with the ball.
Island Coast came out and moved the ball well on offense. They enjoyed a nine-point lead, but then the Lions turned up the pressure, and scored, and then stole the ball plus a fast-break bucket. At 3:24 left in the quarter, the Lions put on a three-quarter court press.
The Gators' lead was still 36-30, but Chaminade proceeded to steal the ball three consecutive possessions and converted it into points. They scored the last eight points of the quarter to lead 38-36 after three.
So the fourth quarter would be tight. Island Coast scored first with a three to lead by one. Chaminade answered twice to lead 42-39 with 4:09 left. The teams exchanged baskets. Then, Chaminade tried to hold the ball. They were whistled for an offensive foul. Island Coast came down and had two tries at a three to tie, but did not convert.
After the Lions scored to go up by five, the Gators' Torien Thomas picked up a loose ball, drove the length of the court past defenders, and missed a lay-up, but his own put-back was good.
Chaminade again sought to ice the game by holding it, but when Josh Sanchez went up for a shoot Thomas checked him, and the Gators got the ball back with 23.5 seconds left. They set up for a three where the guard drives the right side toward the baseline, and then shoots a cross-court pass down the baseline to a teammate waiting behind the arc. The play left Preston Grimm open, but he couldn't hit it. The Gators got the ball back with 2.5 seconds left, but this time couldn't get a shot off.
"After last night's game, I said to my guys, 'Whatever you do, get better,'" said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "I felt we improved from last night. We play these games and hope they are learning experiences for our boys. Our goal is to get to a fourth consecutive Regional playoffs."
The Lions' Sanchez led all scorers with 14 points. The Gators were led by Grimm with 12.
Island Coast begins league play next week starting with Ida Baker on Tuesday.
Chaminade 9 8 21 8 - 46
Island Coast 8 15 13 7 - 43
Chaminade (46) - Dumornay 10, Allende 11, Sanchez 14, Orap 9, Robinson 2 Totals: 23 10-15 46.
Island Coast (43) - Grimm 12, Foreman 11, Mathurin 8, Green 5, Thomas 4, Jeannelas 2, King 1. Totals: 18 2-11 43.
C.S. Naples 63, Mariner 57: Rodney Hunter pitched in a game-high 17 points for Mariner, but it was not enough to stave off Community School of Naples Saturday in the final round of Island Coast's Turkey Shootout.
Zach Rochette and Charlie Badgar combined for 28 points to lead CSN to victory.
Hunter and Caleb Darrett were the Tritons' only double-figure scorers.
"They are a very good team, so it was a tough challenge," said Tritons coach James Harris. "We hit 60 percent of our field goals inside the free throw line, but we misses timely three-point shots."
The Tritons (3-1) host Dunbar Tuesday night.
C.S. Naples 16 21 11 15 - 63
Mariner 15 13 12 17 - 57
C.S. NAPLES 63 - Kent 9, Rochette 16 Badgar 12, Garden 4, Baker 8, Morton 14. Totals: 23 9-14 63.
3PG: Kent 3, Rochette 2, Badger 2. Baker 1.
MARINER 57 - C. Darrett 14, Sillie 9, Carpenter 9, Hunter 17, I. Darrett 8. Totals 24 5-11 57.
3PG: Carpenter 3, Hunter 1.