Collier County teams finish unbeaten at Pepsi Shootout Naples Daily News
After blowing past Lemon Bay 79-46 and finishing 2-0 in the Shootout at Lely, the Cougars announced loud and clear that they're on a short list of the best boys' basketball teams in Collier County. Barron Collier (8-0) won its fourth game in as many nights and cheap air jordan shoes remains the only unbeaten team in the area.
Joining the Cougars among the county's elite is Palmetto Ridge, who also won both its games in the two-day Shootout. The Bears (6-1) had a tougher time than anticipated against Miami Southwest, but pulled out a 52-44 come-from-behind victory Saturday.
"Last year we came in here and lost both our games," Barron Collier's Brian Landers said. "Now, we're 8-0. I'm just glad we could show everyone how good we really are this year."
Lely and Naples didn't look bad Saturday, either. The host Trojans went 2-0 in the Shootout by beating East Lee County 41-37, their third straight victory. Naples won its only game of the weekend, a 53-31 triumph over South Fort Myers.
The Cougars' 33-point win came one night after they struggled to close out South Fort Myers when leading by 23. Lemon Bay had no such luck Saturday. Barron Collier steadily increased its lead the whole game, highlighted by a 22-11 advantage in the third quarter that shut the door on the Manta Rays.
Barron Collier shot 50 percent from the field while forcing Lemon Bay (1-6) into 34 turnovers. Landers led the way with 21 points, all in the first three quarters. The Cougars had four scorers reach double figures, getting 14 points from Matty Baker, cheap jordan shoes 13 from Eric Schmitt and 11 from Jason Humphrey.
"If we come out and bring energy like we did tonight, we're going to be hard to beat," Barron Collier coach Bryan Crislip said. "I want our kids to earn respect, because they deserve it. They've put in all the hard work, and we're 8-0, so they've got to be doing something right."
Palmetto Ridge's victory wasn't nearly as easy. The Bears trailed Miami Southwest, who lost by 20 points Friday, for nearly three quarters before moving past the Eagles late in the fourth. Palmetto Ridge trailed by as many as nine points in the third before taking the lead with less than three minutes to play.
The Bears held Southwest (2-5) to six field goals in the second half and just three in the game's final 12 minutes. Tony Leggett scored 16 points for Palmetto Ridge, including three 3-pointers. Tyler Terrell added 12 points while Peter Falls had 10 points and six rebounds.
"We still have a lot to do, but I've very pleased with our record at nike air jordan retro this point," Bears coach Joe Rader said. "This first-half (schedule) has been very difficult for us. To be 6-1 at this point is just a testament to how hard the kids have worked."
Naples (4-1) has won three straight games since losing 81-48 at Barron Collier on Nov. 29. A big part of the Golden Eagles' turnaround has been the addition of Kurt Thomas, the 6-foot-4 center who was suspended for the first two weeks of the season.
Thomas scored 13 points in Saturday's win. Naples had eight players score, seven of whom made at least two field goals. Naples led comfortably the entire game, but after the Wolfpack cut the lead to eight points with seven minutes left, the Eagles scored 14 straight points to seal the win.
"We're starting to put the pieces of the puzzle in place," Naples coach Brian Bruce said. "I have to give (my players) a lot of credit. They're resilient, they've gathered around each other and every guy from the first to the last is playing their heart out."
Lely's victory came in the closest game out of the seven in the Shootout. The Trojans (5-2) were tied with East Lee (2-6) with 5:30 left in the fourth. A night after scoring 64 points in a win over Southwest, Lely shot 31 percent from the field while struggling to score 40 points.
Trojans leading scorer and University of Tampa recruit Dylan DeFeo was held to six points. Parker Ayers scored 11 points and was the only Lely player in double figures scoring. Ayers scored eight of Lely's 10 points in the fourth quarter.
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