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Kostyk brothers fuel All-Star victory

March 16, 2017
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Brandon Kostyk doesn't mind letting his brother Sean have his turn in the spotlight.

Sean Kostyk scored 32 points Wednesday night to lead the North team to a 134-113 win over the South squad in the Southwest Florida Association of Basketball Coaches' All-Star Game at Bishop Verot High School.

Brandon didn't score a point Wednesday night, but it was no big deal.

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Cape Coral senior Brandon Alcide (3) looks to drive from the perimeter into the paint during Wednesday night’s SFABC All-Star Classic at Bishop Verot High School. Alcide scored 10 points in the North team’s 134-113 win. To view more photos from the game, see our Facebook page.

"I'm fine. I won the 3-point championship at the City of Palms (Classic), so I don't care," Brandon said. "I saw he was hot, so I just got the ball to him."

Among those 32 points for Sean Kostyk were six 3-point baskets. Sean put the North past the 100-point mark with a basket with a little over 10 minutes to play.

Joining Sean and Brandon from Mariner on the North team Wednesday was SFABC Mr. Basketball finalist Amari Haynes, who scored 19 points, equaled Sean Kostyk with five rebounds, and added two blocked shots.

"It's been an interesting year," Sean said.

To say the least. Between City of Palms and Wednesday night's game, there was the Mariner Tritons' run to the state Class 6A state championship game falling just short to Leesburg in the final.

It was a dramatic senior season for the three Tritons, whose 23-8 campaign was one for the Mariner High record books. There were appearances in the City of Palms Classic and New Orleans' Sugar Bowl Classic.

Mariner dominated District 6A-12 during the regular season, but had a hiccup in the district tournament final against Lely against the backdrop of losing coach James Harris.

Forced to go on the road for the state playoffs, the Tritons regrouped under interim coach Keeth Jones and got farther than anyone could have expected, within a handful of points (57-53) of the Class 6A state championship.

"We've been playing together forever, and there are other kids we've been playing with our whole life," Brandon said. "We live near each other. We play every single day."

Their time sharing the backcourt at Mariner is over, but Sean and Brandon aren't ready to break up the brother act just yet.

"We might go to the same school, but we're not sure yet," Brandon said.

"The place that's recruiting us hard is Thomas University," Sean said.

Thomas, in Thomasville, Ga., has an NAIA basketball program. The Night Hawks play in the Sun Conference, which also includes Ave Maria.

Also representing Cape Coral schools on Wednesday were Ida Baker's Devin Hanley, who scored 21 points with five rebounds, and Cape Coral's Brandon Alcide, who tallied 10 points.

In the girls' all-star game, the Lee County team defeated Collier/Charlotte 83-56. Cape Coral's Diedre Chermond, a finalist for SFABC Miss Basketball, and Mariner's Brook Powell were on the Lee County squad.



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