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Bulldogs outlast Gators, 73-65

January 18, 2012
By JONATHAN BLIKSTAD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Ida Baker managed to pull out a close victory over Island Coast 73-65 Tuesday night.

It was sweet revenge for the Bulldogs who blew a nine-point lead late in the game to lose the first time the two teams met this season.

Both teams hit the floor running in the first quarter with five threes scored. With a steal and basket in the last seconds of the quarter, Island Coast took at 23-21 lead.

The Gators hit a conventional three-point play to open the second quarter and lead 26-21. From there the Bulldogs shut down the Gators to lead 40-30 at halftime.

"They switched to a zone defense and we couldn't adjust, and at the same time their offense clicked," said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "The second quarter was the turning point in the game. We've got to play better defense, and not let them put up 40 points in the first half."

For the Bulldogs it was mostly the inside-outside play of Nate Evans with 17 points and Angel Inchausti with a game-high 32 points, mostly from three-point range and 16-of-18 at the free throw line.

"We are kind of a perimeter team," said Bulldogs coach Brad Seiss. "We worked at getting the ball inside to Nate. I was pleased with how he was finishing and not fading away on his inside shots."

The Gators committed two quick turnovers to start the second half. After a timeout, the Gators made a small run, pulling within five, but by the end of the quarter the Bulldogs lead was 52-43.

The Gators started throwing up three-pointers, converting five in the fourth quarter.

It was 63-60 with exactly two minutes left. Baker's Seth Woods drove the lane and Terrell Griffin was called for blocking. Coleman drew a technical foul on the close call opening the door for Baker to hit three free throws and ball possession.

The Bulldogs added a basket to make it a five-point swing, 68-60, with 50 seconds left.

Tim Dal Bon led the Gators with 18 points and Pablo Matos had 13.

Baker (4-14), which snapped a six-game losing streak, hosts Dunbar Wednesday night. Island Coast (8-11), which has dropped six of its last eight games, visits Bishop Verot.

Island Coast23 7 13 22 - 65

Ida Baker21 19 12 21 - 73

I. COAST 65 - Aponte 7, Darrett 7, Dal Bon 18, Griffin 12, Matos 13, Stark 6, Belizaire 2. Totals: 21 15-21 65. 3PG: 8

BAKER 73 - Inchausti 32, Mantle 7, Evans 17, Perez 3, Woods 5, Lugo 7, Placher 2. Totals: 20 29-40 73. 3PG: 4

Mariner 68, Cypress Lake 42: Mariner rebounded from a bad beating on Saturday by storming past Cypress Lake Tuesday.

Four Tritons produced double figures in scoring, led by Kendrec Ferrara with 15 points to go with 12 rebounds and four blocks. Rodney Hunter chipped in with 14 points, Donald Minto 13 and Mathew Godfrey 10.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Tritons drilled five of their nine three-pointers.

The Tritons (14-5) travel to North Fort Myers Friday night.

Mariner 23 17 23 5 - 68

Cypress Lake 10 11 10 11 - 42

MARINER 68 - Bender 3, Burke 2, Moore 9, Minto 13, Hunter 14, Godfrey 10, Blissett 2, Ferrara 15. Totals: 24 11-14 68. 3PG: Moore 3, Minto 2, Godfrey 2, Bender 1, Hunter 1.

CYPRESS 42 - Lecell 2, Jones 5, King 2, Bouras 14, Kilgrove 2, Yakovlev 2, Grimm 11, Albright 2. Totals: 16 8-11 42. 3PG: none.

Cape Coral 69, Lemon Bay 50: Cape Coral drained nine three-point goals, led by David Flynn with four and a team-high 14 points in Tuesday night's win at Lemon Bay.

Chase Galuzny contributed 13 points as the Seahawks posted their third straight win and fifth in their last seven games.

The Seahawks (12-7) host Fort Myers Thursday night.

Bishop Verot 64, Gateway Charter 28: All 12 Bishop Verot players got into the scoring column in Tuesday night's romp at Gateway Charter.

Mike Hippler led the Vikings with 11 points.

The Vikings (14-3) host Island Coast Wednesday.

Bishop Verot 22 24 9 9 - 64

Gateway 6 7 5 10 - 28

VEROT 64 - Wagner 3, Taylor 7, Baker 3, Reeves 2, Paschetti 2, Hippler 11, Mosher 9, Williams 7, Doyle 9, Labreche 4, Diamond 4, Citro 3. Totals: 27 7-19 64. 3PG: Wagner 1, Baker 1, Williams 1.

GATEWAY 28 - Murray 2, Howard 4, Colon 2, Legagner 8, Vighames 6, Julamiste 6. Totals: 10 8-12 28. 3PG: none.

Lee County Home School 66, Sonshine Christian 53: The Ambassadors completed their first conference game with a win Tuesday.

Nick Higham led the Ambassadors with 26 and Julian Lazada 13. Zach Blikstad pulled down 14 rebounds and had eight steals.

The Ambassadors opened a 17-6 lead, but the Warriors capitalized on fast breaks to pull into the lead at halftime 35-32.

In the decisive third quarter, LCHS outscored Sonshine 18-6. The Warriors pulled within 52-50 in the fourth quarter, but the Ambassadors got several steals and easy baskets in the last three minutes to win by 13.

Girls Basketball

Cape Coral 65, Lemon Bay 32: Kassie Griffin and McKenna Beach combined for 37 points, outscoring Lemon Bay by themselves, to lead Cape Coral's victory Tuesday night.

Beach had 11 steals to go with her 18 points with Crystal Townsend adding 11 points.

The Seahawks (17-3) host Fort Myers Thursday night.

Lemon Bay 8 5 7 11 - 32

Cape Coral 16 16 22 11 - 65

LEMON BAY 32 - Hill 2, Lutz 2, Smith 5, Reid 10, Bedford 9, McKenzie 2, Pritz 2. Totals: 13 4-12 32. 3PG: Smith 1, Bedford 1.

CAPE 65 - Beach 18, Williams 5, Griffin 19, Brice 2, Townsend 11, Smart 6, Mims 2, Hanley 2. Totals: 27 5-13 65. 3PG: Griffin 5, Beach 1.

Sports Editor Jim Linette contributed to this report.

 
 

 

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