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Adams' late bucket helps Mariner defeat Bradenton Bayshore

February 28, 2018
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Mariner High School sophomore Elijah Adams just hit the shot of his young life.

It wasn't pretty, but the result was a thing of beauty for the Tritons.

With star Jahmel Myers showing the effects of an ankle injury, it was Adams who hit the shot of the night as Mariner got past Bradenton Bayshore, 53-49, Tuesday in the Region 6A-3 semfinals.

Myers had fouled out and the game was tied at 45 when Adams, falling in the lane, put up a prayer that went in for the lead. It was just what the Tritons needed at the time.

"It was. We needed a basket after they tied it," Mariner coach Keeth Jones said. "We were up five and come down and don't play defense. We gave them an open 3 and then let a guy drive to the basket. Once it was tied and Jahmel fouled out, we needed one bucket."

Adams hit both ends of a 1-1 with 22.7 seconds to play for a 51-47 lead.

"They kind of panicked and fouled a little bit too early, I thought," Jones said. "Once we got to the line and hit two free throws, then we won it at the line after that."

Dyhsen Walls' layup drew the Bruins within two points with 8.5 seconds remaining.

Bryce Rohrbach twice went to the line in the final 7.5 seconds, each time hitting the front end of a 1-and-1 to provide the final margin of 53-49.

Mariner will travel to Sarasota on Friday to play Booker in the 6A-3 regional final. At stake for the Tritons is a return to the state Class 6A Final Four.

Myers scored four points, with his shots a little off all night long, and fouled out with 3:16 to play.

"He sprained his ankle on Friday," Jones said of Myers. "He hasn't practiced the last two days. He was laid up. He wasn't quite himself tonight, but we still got a 'W'."

Bayshore hit its first four 3-point attempts of the night to jump out to a quick 15-7 lead. Mariner, despite inaccurate shooting the entire first half, scratched back to leave the game knotted at 26-all at halftime.

The Tritons did have one hot run offensively, hitting two 3-pointers to open the second half and then getting offense from Dakota Deverteuil and Nehemiah Darrett to pull out to a 39-28 lead. It didn't last. By the end of the third period Bayshore was back within two, 41-39.

"We didn't play well, but they played hard and they're a tough team," Jones said. "We were up 11 and then let them come back like that."

With 5:16 in regulation, the Tritons had a 45-40 lead only to see the Bruins again scrap back to tie the game twice. The last tie was at 47-all when Bryce Brewer hit two free throws with 3:16 to go.

That set up Adams's miraculous shot.

Adams led Mariner in scoring with 14 points. Rohrbach had 13 points for the Tritons, and Darrett and Deverteuil each added eight points. Walls led all scorers with 17 points and Jaemaal Newson had 10 for Bayshore. The Bruins' Ogbonna Baker fouled out with 7.5 seconds to play.

"I always tell the guys 'You just beat eight teams, because eight teams went home tonight,'" Jones said of Tuesday's victory.

"The next game will be harder than this. We'll have to play a little better."

Class 7A playoffs

Cape Coral 59, Lemon Bay 49: The Seahawks will play at Lehigh on Friday after getting some revenge on Lemon Bay. The Mantas had beaten the Seahawks at Cape High in the District 7A-10 final. Cape Coral had a balanced attack Tuesday, with James Gibson scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds (six on the offensive end), Jonnathan Moreno hitting 12 points, Harwin Francois adding 13 points and five rebounds, Kitchener Masson scoring 11 points, and Bryan Markovich contributing nine points and nine boards.

Class 5A playoffs

Tampa Catholic 78, Oasis 62: The Sharks' best season yet came to an end in the 5A region semfinals. Oasis (23-6) trailed 40-39 at halftime. The Sharks got into foul trouble in the third quarter, and Kylar Frias rolled an ankle. Oasis still managed to pull within four points in the fourth period before Catholic (25-5) pulled away. Senior Gabe Casey finished his Oasis career with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds, and also blocked two shots. Vlad Dorlys led Oasis with 18 points and Frias added 10.

Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis

Mariner 3, Bonita Springs 2: The Tritons were led by Kara Perchall, who defeated Jasmine Tran 6-1, 6-0; Danyella Orjuela, who downed Kelly Nguyen 6-0, 6-0; and the doubles team of Morgan Russell and Rosio Gorrita, who beat Tran and Nguyen 8-2.


North Fort Myers 15, Cape Coral 3 (6): Freshman pitcher Sydney Morris struck out eight for the Red Knights. Natavia Ellis had three hits, three RBI and three runs scored, while Haley Weaver had two hits and scored three times. Also for North, Sajarie Jones had two hits and three runs, Emma Johnson scored twice and drove in three runs, and Alexia Morris had two RBI.?

Mariner 13, Island Coast 4: Tritons junior Hannah Holloway struck out 16 Gators in the victory. Ariana Cruz led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, and Kannedy Burnham had three hits.


Oasis 13, Golden Gate 0: Dennis Talarico (2-0) got the victory for the Sharks, pitching five scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing two hits. Nick Oliveira walked twice, scored three times and had two RBI. Oasis (3-1) is home on Friday against Immokalee. ?

Island Coast 6, Mariner 0: Josh Morales worked five scoreless innings for the Gators, allowing two hits and striking out four. Julio Castro and Chase Chatman pitched in relief. Mason Swiezer was 2-for-2 for Island Coast. Jimmy Meredith and Louis Alberro had hits for Mariner. Alberro took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Riverdale 3, Ida Baker 0: The Bulldogs slipped to 2-2 on the season with the loss.?

North Fort Myers 7, Cape Coral 5: The Red Knights scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning for a comeback District 6A-11 victory. North (4-0, 3-0) handed Cape (4-1, 0-1) its first defeat of the season. The two meet again Friday at North Fort Myers. Matt McDade went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Seahawks, and Spencer Roach was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Daniel Valdes also had two hits for Cape Coral. Th ree of the Red Knights' seven runs were unearned.

Boys lacrosse

Bishop Verot at Riverdale: No score reported.

Girls lacrosse

Bishop Verot 11, Riverdale 6: The Vikings earned their first victory of the season to improve to 1-1.

Late Monday

Boys lacrosse

Bishop Verot 17, Cypress Lake 0: The Vikings dominated the Panthers in Verot's season opener.

Girls lacrosse

Cypress Lake 13, Bishop Verot 11: Verot's season began with a narrow defeat.



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