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Gators open with 74-66 win

November 23, 2011
By JIM LINETTE (jlinette@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

For the first time in school history, the Island Coast Gators start the boys' basketball season with a victory.

Thanks to a team-high 22 points by Isaac Aponte and 19 by Tim Dal Bon, the Gators prevailed over North Fort Myers 74-66 Tuesday night in the season opener.

"It was a good game," said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "We got some good minutes from our bench when Terrell Griffin picked up his third foul in the first quarter and sat the rest of the half."

Griffin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds while Pablo Matos added nine points and nine rebounds.

North Fort Myers made a 7-0 run at the end of the first half to tie the game at 37-37. The Knights continued that run in the third quarter to take an eight-point lead, but the Gators made a run of their own to take a 58-53 lead into the fourth quarter.

"We kind of kept that distance from them in the fourth quarter," said Coleman. "They got back within three because we had some trouble hitting free throws, but we managed to hold them off."

Andrew Malaise led the Red Knights with 22 points.

The Gators (1-0) host a Thanksgiving Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Island Coast 20 17 21 16 - 74

North FM 18 19 16 13 - 66

ISLAND COAST 74 - Chery 4, Aponte 22, Dal Bon 19, Griffin 10, Matos 9, Belizaire 6, Cruz 2. Totals: 26 19-32 74. 3PG: Dal Bon 2, Matos 1.

NORTH 66 - Beerbower 4, Malaise 22, Vega 3, Crowell 19, Byrd 8, Stone 2, Makar 4, Julian 2, Merritt 2. Totals: 27 10-15 66. 3PG: Vega 1, Crowell 1.

Lehigh 56, Ida Baker 45: Bernard Edwards poured in 27 points to lead Lehigh to victory and spoil Ida Baker's season-opener.

Angel Inchausti, Nathan Evans and Seth Woods led the Bulldogs with nine points apiece. Evans added 11 rebounds while Jordan Lugo pitched in with eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs (0-1) play Barron Collier Friday in the first round of the Island Coast Invitational Shootout.

Ida Baker12 10 13 10 - 45

Lehigh12 18 17 10 - 56

BAKER 45 - Inchausti 9, Mantle 6, Evans 9, Perez 4, Woods 9, Lugo 8. Totals: 15 13-19 45. 3PG: Woods 1, Lugo 1.

LEHIGH 56 - Vazquez 3, Ezenna 11, Edwards 27, Rondon 3, Simmons 3, Reed 6, Thomas 1, White 2. Totals: 20 13-21 56. 3PG: Ezenna 3.

Bishop Verot 66, Fort Myers 49: Mark Wagner drained 27 points and Mason Taylor contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Bishop Verot past Fort Myers Tuesday.

Ricky Doyle added 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Vikings (1-0), who play at Clewiston next Tuesday.

Rudy Zahorchak led the Green Wave with 17 points.

Girls Basketball

Cape Coral 65, Riverdale 27: McKenna Beach sank a game-high 24 points to go with nine steals and five assists in leading Cape Coral to victory over Riverdale Tuesday.

Camary Williams added 13 points and six steals while Kassie Griffin contributed 11 points.

The Seahawks (3-1) host North Fort Myers on Tuesday.

Riverdale 8 7 7 5 - 27

Cape Coral12 22 17 14 - 65

RIVERDALE 27 - Edens 3, Campbell 2, Walker 2, Malivert 8, Moyer 8, Gallinger 2. Totals: 12 1-3 27. 3PG: Moyer 2.

CAPE 65 - Beach 24, Williams 13, Griffin 11, Brice 2, Townsend 4, Smart 3, Jones 6, Hanley 2. Totals: 27 8-13 65. 3PG: Griffin 3

Ida Baker 48, Lehigh 36: Ali Nicloy pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 10 points and Alicia Emmons added 13 points and nine rebounds to lead Ida Baker to victory Tuesday night.

Jessey Placher had a game-high 15 points to lead the Bulldogs (2-1), who participates in the St. John Neumann Celtics for a Cure Tournament Friday and Saturday in Naples.

Lehigh 4 14 5 13 - 36

Ida Baker 17 9 10 12 - 48

LEHIGH 36 - James 13, Parson 10, Irons 5, Bell 4, Bair 4. Totals: 15 5-17 36. 3PG: James 1.

BAKER 48 - Nicloy 10, Emmons 13, Placher 15, Del Negro 4, Ramsey 6. Totals: 12 23-39 48. 3PG: Emmons 1.

North Fort Myers 44, Island Coast 35: Sasha Ruiz connected for 17 points to lead North Fort Myers to victory at Island Coast Tuesday.

Patrice Mahone topped the Gators with 11 points.

The Gators face host St. John Neumann Friday in the Celtics for the Cure Tournament Friday and Saturday.

North FM 14 16 6 8 - 44

Island Coast 7 10 5 13 - 35

NORTH 44 - Pierce 3, Stramel 2, McKeever 3, Zorbas 6, Dwyer 4, Wagner 10, Ruiz 17. Totals: 17 10-16 44. 3PG: none.

ISLAND COAST 35 - Ortiz 7, Mahone 11, Ellis 9, Blackman 8. Totals: 11 11-15 35. 3PG: Ellis 1, Ortiz 1.

 
 

 

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