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Triton boys fall to Gulf Port Boca Ciega

January 6, 2020
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It wasn't a winning day on the scoreboard for Mariner's boys basketball team, but they could still walk off the court feeling good.

Gulf Port Boca Ciega (5-2) led the Tritons (10-3) by 20 points, 68-48, with just 3:10 to play in the New Year's Shootout Saturday at Varsity Lakes Middle School in Lehigh.

"I don't care," Mariner coach Ryan Hercek told his team. "We keep playing."

That's exactly what the Tritons did, slicing the margin to 71-63 by game's end. Mariner outscored the Pirates 15-3 in that final 3:10.

"We're not going to stop," Hercek said. "We're going to play.

"It's a learning process. The whole thing is a learning process. So we're never going to stop playing, we're never going to stop being aggressive," he continued.

"That's just it. It's too easy for them to quit."

Boca Ciega led 22-13 after one quarter, 42-28 at the break and 59-39 after three periods.

"It's always about making and missing shots," Hercek said. "They made more shots than we did in the first half. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole."

Still, the Tritons played on, outscoring Boca Ciega 24-12 over the last eight minutes.

Dsean Archilles led the Tritons with 14 points, while Zach Everly scored 12 and Preston Ebanks and Elijah Adams 11 each. Adams scored all of his 11 points in the second half.

"I'm just proud of the guys," Hercek said. "I thought they fought like heck. They could have quit mid-third quarter."

JoKa Correll-Norton scored 22 for the Pirates,

"It's good to play good competition, whether it's local or out of the area," Hercek said. "They're a good team.

"It's always good to play against good teams. It shows you where you're at, and where you need to get to."

Neumann 63, Ida Baker 50

A tired and depleted Bulldogs team did what it could Saturday night.

Short-handed and tired after three games in three days, Ida Baker (6-7) ran out of gas in the fourth quarter against the Celtics (5-4) in their New Year's Shootout contest at Lehigh's Varsity Lakes Middle School.

Down 12 at the half, Ida Baker fought back to within 47-42 by the end of the third quarter. That was as close as they would get.

If nothing else, Bulldogs reserves got in time on the court that could pay off later on.

"That's how you've got to look it," Ida Baker coach Todd Stowe said. "We've got to regroup after this. We'll come back stronger. We've got to."

Several Ida Baker players, inxluding two starters, missed the three New Year's Shootout games while on family vacations.

They had better come back well-rested.

"They need to," Stowe said. "Right now that's hurting us."

Not only did the remaining players put in a lot of time in the Shootout, things don't quiet down much in the coming days.

Ida Baker plays Monday night at Bishop Verot, the first of three road games next week. The other two games will be at District 5A-11 foes Cape Coral on Jan. 9 and Port Charlotte the next night.

"We've got a game Monday and we've got three next week, so we've got to get it done now," Stowe said.

One problem Saturday was that Ida Baker had no answer for the physical inside play of Neumann's Matt Bennett. The senior had 24 points.

Another Celtics senior, guard Jack Kirk, scored 14 including four 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs got 18 poiints from senior Joe Cecil, 13 in the second half, and 16 from senior AJ Saso.

Girls basketball

She Got Game Atlanta

Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove 74, Bishop Verot 49: The Vikings' Addison Potts, who has committed to play at the University of Missouri, passed the 1,500-point mark for her career in Saturday's contest. With 21 points against Hillgrove, Potts has 1,515 total for the Vikings. Bishop Verot (2-12) faces Columbia (SC) Ridge View on Sunday.

Boys soccer

Tampa Bay Invitational

Melbourne 5, Mariner 2: Melbourne ran away with the match in the second half, breaking a 1-all tie at intermission. Esteban Orjuela gave theTritons (14-4-2) an early 1-0 lead. Leo Perez scored for Mariner in the second half. Mariner returns to action Tuesday at Bradenton Bayshore.

Cape Coral 3, New Port Richey 2, SO: It took 14 rounds in the shootout, but the Seahawks (12-2-2) pulled out the victory. Cape Coral plays Tuesday at Immokalee.



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