PUNTA GORDA — It was a strong day for space groups on the seventeenth Annual Wally Keller Basic at Charlotte Excessive Faculty on Saturday.
Sarasota Excessive, North Port Excessive, Lemon Bay Excessive and Port Charlotte Excessive got here away with wins.
Venice Excessive and Cardinal Mooney Catholic Excessive got here up brief of their contests.
Port Charlotte, North Port, Lemon Bay, Sarasota wins Wally Keller Basic
Charlotte arrived shortly to interrupt up the occasion.
General, the two-day showcase was a fantastic occasion for district and highschool basketball.
Listed here are some observations from Saturday’s motion:
The primary occasion goes to the Pirates
The second assembly of the season between cross Peace River rivals Port Charlotte and the homesteading Tarpons went the identical approach as the primary: a Pirate victory.
Port Charlotte was extra structured offensively, whereas Charlotte performed extra particular person basketball and missed a ton of layups.
Brennan Ingle and Bode Stewart keyed a gentle fourth quarter for the Pirates in a 56-47 determination over the Tarpons in entrance of a packed home at Wally Keller Gymnasium.
An 11-2 run early within the quarter put Port Charlotte in management, and it was in a position to run out the clock. It appeared like a 55-42 victory over the Tarpons on Dec. 9 at Tony Cicchella Gymnasium in Port Charlotte.
It was an excellent strategy to finish the 20-game occasion.
Sarasota’s win over the Mariners gave Sailors coach BJ Ivey his 299th profession teaching victory.
After working with the women and boys at Riverview Excessive and the boys at Out-of-Gate Academy, Ivey might do his finest teaching with the Mariners, who do not have as a lot expertise as a few of Ivey’s Rams’ groups however have compiled a lineup. 17-4 file. Not one of the 4 setbacks have been by greater than 13 factors, a credit score to the Mariners’ capability to regulate the tempo of the sport.
In the case of high quality teaching, Lemon Bay’s Sean Huber can by no means be neglected.
Like Ivey, Huber is doing one in all his finest jobs with the Manta Rays, who’re 13-6 after their second win of the season over Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.
Whereas not probably the most athletic of groups on the ground, Huber’s groups at all times play laborious and are strong defensively, an indication they are going to be in most video games.
North Port coach Bruce Wallace referred to as his group’s 62-57 determination over Gateway Excessive a “high quality win.”
The Bobcats hit 10 straight free throws within the remaining 63 seconds and the conditioning to seal the win is a trademark of the group.
The Bobcats’ 6-foot-10, 220-pound submit participant Elijah Lubsey, who completed with 25 factors, canned a collection of charity throws, displaying he isn’t a man to interrupt down late within the sport.
Whereas Port Charlotte has struggled on the free throw line this season, the Pirates will likely be a pressure to be reckoned with within the postseason because of the maturity of a few of their younger gamers. Port Charlotte will be lengthy and defensive, a trademark of groups led by Kip Rhote.
Beating Charlotte in a raucous setting at house would assist the Pirates down the street and might be simply what Rhoten’s group wants within the postseason.
Venice, Muni shorthand
Venice (Daylen Platt) and Cardinal Mooney (Teddy Foster) had been leaderless and lacked a gentle hand of their failures. Venice Fort Myers dropped a two-point determination to Canterbury. Regardless of getting a balanced assault as regular, the Cougars fell to a troublesome Barron Collier group 78-64.
There’s definitely no disgrace in both defeat, though you wish to see the groups at full power in a contest of this high quality.
And Charlotte continues to play one of many hardest schedules round (ranked nineteenth within the state by the FHSAA energy rankings) and can construct and be taught from its house loss. The Tarpons performed state energy Orlando Christian Prep on Friday evening. The Warriors suffered their second lack of the season on Saturday towards Tampa Catholic in one other basic matchup.
The king of the prep basketball sport
Talking of matchups, there is no higher highschool basketball matchup grasp than Donnie Wilkie.
Event after match, showcase after showcase, occasion after occasion, Wilkie is aware of the heartbeat of the highschool basketball scene.
The flexibility to get the variety of proficient groups that it does yearly for a neighborhood occasion just like the Wally Keller Basic is a boon to the area.
Regardless of a late withdrawal from Miami on account of a medical concern by nationwide energy Columbus Excessive (the Scouts had been additionally compelled to drag out of the Ascenders Basic at IMG Academy on Friday), Wilkie had one other high-profile subject on show for all to see. .
Thanks to all of the workers
The match remained on schedule for many of the day, regardless of a couple of video games with excessive infractions. For probably the most half, the officers let the motion movement with out getting out of hand, one other signal of the standard umpires from across the area and state who come to Punta Gorda for one weekend in January.
Former Charlotte Excessive basketball coach and present director of athletics Tom Massilio’s tireless workers have to be recommended for delighting coaches, officers and the media with a unending movement of foods and drinks into the Tarpons’ Corridor of Fame room.
Even the little gentleman who held the door open for an getting older sports activities author (me) who labored at each gyms was admirable.
Effectively, if there may be one disadvantage, it’s the lack of web service in and across the college. That is why there aren’t any updates through the day.
Typically the music was loud once I walked previous the audio system, however nonetheless, everyone seems to be welcome on my garden.
A strong braveness and proverbial tip to all who made the occasion successful.
We’re already ready for subsequent 12 months.