Gulfshore Shootout Roundup: Senior’s 3-point barrage lifts Mount Dora over Erie (Pa.)

Trailing Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep by five points in the third quarter, Mount Dora needed a spark.

Instead, the Hurricanes got an explosion worthy of Independence Day from Scott Labelle. The 6-foot-6 senior went on a personal 12-0 run, drilling four consecutive 3-pointers to turn a 37-32 deficit to a 44-37 Hurricanes lead. Mount Dora didn’t trail after that in posting a 58-47 win in Game 3 of the Naples Daily News Gulfshore Shootout.

“It’s amazing how one kid getting hot can lift your entire basketball team,” Mount Dora coach John Liptak said. “Scott’s a senior who just moved into our district this year, and we’re fortunate to have him. Sometimes, he doesn’t shoot the ball enough.

With the type of shot he has, we urge him to put it up when he’s open.”

Labelle’s exploits completely turned the game around, as the Ramblers controlled the action for most of the first half in taking a 33-28 halftime edge.

“(Cathedral Prep) is an outstanding basketball team, so this was a tremendous win for our program,” Liptak said. “This is our second year in this tournament and I love it. It gives our kids a chance to get out of their comfort zone and play some quality basketball teams from out of the area. Your team really bonds playing in tournaments like these.” 

MOUNT DORA (58)

Williams 0 0-2 0; Labelle 9 3-3 27; Schmitz 1 2-3 4; Harley 1 1-2 3; Howard 2 0-0 5; Tumer 3 0-0 6; Scott 6 1-1 13; Hagins 0 0-0 0; Jackson 0 0-0 0; Magoufit 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-11 58. 

ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP (47)

Piotrowicz 2 1-2 5; Blazek 1 2-4 4; Heidt 2 0-0 4; Miller 0 0-0 0; Licata 7 3-5 18; Barber 0 0-0 0; Wisinski 5 4-6 14. Totals 18 10-17 47.

Mt. Dora 10 18 16 14 - 58

Cathedral Prep 3 20 6 8 - 44

Three-pointers: MD - Labelle (6), Howard; CP - Licata. Team Fouls: Mount Dora 19, Cathedral Prep 16. Fouled out: MD - Tumer. Technicals: None.

Largo 80, Gulliver Prep 67

With a double-digit second-half lead whittled to five midway through the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Naples Daily News Gulfshore Shootout, Largo coach Phillip Price called a timeout to ask his team a question.

“I asked them if they came down here to win or if they came down here to lose,” Price said. “Because every time we started to get something going, they’d make a run at us.”

His team responded with an 11-3 run against Gulliver Prep to finish the game, giving the Packers an 80-67 win Wednesday morning. The Packers advance to play the winner of the Golden Gate-Western game Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Packers grabbed the lead for good early in the second quarter, using an 11-0 run to erase a 24-17 Raiders lead. The Packers led 32-29 at halftime, and sprinted out to a 42-31 advantage thanks to an 10-2 burst to open the third quarter.

Still, the feisty Raiders hung around thanks to solid outside shooting and the play of 6-11 center Gene Swindle.

But the Packers’ running style in the second half proved to be too much, as senior point guard Ben O’Donnell shredded the defense, often finding 6-8 forward Charlie Lytle, who scored a game-high 28 points. O’Donnell added 25 points for the winners.

Michael Dean led the Raiders with 15 points.

“Playing at 9 a.m. is usually pretty tough, and we were a little sluggish at times,” Price said.

“But Gulliver Prep had a lot to do with that, they came out to play and played us tough. They’re a good basketball team.”

GULLIVER PREP (67)

Sealy 5 3-6 15; Williams 2 2-6 7; Brown 3 0-0 7; Dean 7 0-3 15; Hoffman 3 0-0 9; Swindle 6 1-2 13; Falcon 0 1-2 1. Totals 26 7-19 67.

LARGO (80)

Woods 0 0-0 0; O’Donnell 9 5-5 25; Hall 6 2-2 17; Russo 2 0-0 4; Helm 3 0-0 6; Lytle 12 3-4 28. Totals 32 10-11 80.

Gulliver Prep 16 13 19 19 -67

Largo 17 15 27 21 -80

Three-pointers: GP - Hoffman (3), Sealy (2), Williams, Brown, Dean. L - Hall (3), O’Donnell (2), Lytle. Team Fouls: Largo 14, Gulliver Prep 13; Fouled out: None; Technicals: None.

Gainesville-Buchholz 58, Lemon Bay 44

Brian Frank scored a game-high 26 points to lead Gainesville Buchholz to a 58-44 win over Lemon Bay Wednesday in Game 2 of the Naples Daily News Gulfshore Shootout.

The Bobcats (6-5) broke open a close game with a strong third quarter. Gainesville Buchholz asserted control inside in the third, something they hadn’t done in the first half.

6-foot-5 junior forward Trae Mayberry scored eight of his 14 points in the third, as the Bobcats turned a six-point halftime lead into a 15-point bulge late in the third quarter.

“Well, we just did a better job locating the open man in the second half than we did in the first,” Gainesville Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski said. “We had a size advantage and they were double-and triple-teaming our bigs, and I think we tried to do too much in the first half. We made better passes and ran our offense more effectively, and we hit some big threes throughout the game.”

The Manta Rays started quickly, getting off to a couple first-quarter fast breaks which led to easy buckets. Lemon Bay led 13-5 before the Bobcats closed the quarter on a nine-point run to lead 14-13.

The second quarter was a see-saw affair, with neither team having more than a three-point lead for the first five minutes. But the Bobcats nailed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to take a 29-23 lead.

“I thought our shooting was the difference,” Horodyski said. “Lemon Bay is a well-coached team. They ran their offense very well and didn’t make too many mistakes. But they struggled a bit shooting the ball, and we hit our outside shots.”

Buchholz advances to play the winner of Gulf Coast-American Heritage Thursday at 4 p.m.

BUCHHOLZ (58)

Horodyski 1 0-0 3; Gainey 0 0-0 0; Hutchings 1 1-2 4; Burkhardt 0 0-0 0; Dennison 1 1-2 3; Wise 2 2-2 8; Williams 0 0-0 0; Frank 8 9-9 26; Mayberry 5 4-7 14. Totals 18 17-22 58.

LEMON BAY (44)

Lutz 1 0-0 2; Maresca 4 0-0 8; Walker 4 1-2 9; Piloto 2 6-8 10; Hickman 0 1-2 1; Reed 6 2-4 14; Juste 0 0-0 0; Weber 0 0-0 0; Laughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-16 44.

Buchholz 14 17 13 14 -58

Lemon Bay 13 12 9 10 -44

Three-pointers: B - Wise (2), Horodyski, Hutchings, Frank. LB - None. Team Fouls: Lemon Bay 19, Buchholz 14. Fouled out: None; Technicals: None.

Bishop McNamara 93, Cypress Lake 41

Cypress Lake entered the Naples Daily News Gulfshore Shootout late, and their reward was a date with a big, fast Bishop McNamara team from Forestville, Md.

Added to coach Bob Schnepp’s woes was the absence of two key players - starting guard Duryjuan Brafort and Tyson Butler.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen might not have saved the Panthers on this day, as the Mustangs scored the game’s first eight points and were never threatened in a 93-41 blowout win in Game 4 of the tournament.

“By no means is that my team out there,” Schnepp said. “I wasn’t pleased with our effort at all, especially in the first half. But that was an outstanding team we were playing over there and we knew that coming in. I don’t know if it was the long layoff (Cypress Lake hadn’t practiced in a week) or what, but our guys didn’t give the effort they needed to give.”

While the Panthers seemed a step slow all game, the Mustangs operated at a breakneck pace from start to finish.

The game may have been worse if not for Bishop McNamara coach Marty Keithline substituting freely from the second quarter onward.

“I would gladly take their bottom six on my team,” Schnepp said. “There wasn’t a great dropoff between the starters and the backups and since we only played seven guys today, that was a big problem for us.”

Still, Schnepp is pleased to be competing in the tournament, especially with key games against Fort Myers and Dunbar on his team’s schedule during the first week of the new year.

“I don’t think we’re going to see a team on our schedule that was as good as the one we just played,” Schnepp said. “We may be a little bit over our heads in this tournament, but I think it’s certainly going to help us in the long run.”

BISHOP McNAMARA (93)

Gavin 4 3-4 11; Newsome 1 0-0 2; Hill 2 0-0 4; Adams 4 4-4 12; Canty 3 0-0 6; Oatneal 3 0-0 6; Gerding 3 0-0 7; Whack 5 0-0 10; Doleman 3 0-0 8; Jameson 6 0-0 12; Ivey 2 1-2 5; Walker 3 0-0 6; Tapscott 0 0-0 0; Holloway 0 0-0 0; Harrington 2 0-0 4. Totals 41 8-10 93.

CYPRESS LAKE (41)

Davis 3 0-0 7; Barnes 4 1-4 11; Torres 0 0-0 0; Reyes 3 0-0 6; Vandelaar 1 1-4 3; Duffey 5 1-2 14.

Totals 16 3-10 41.

Bishop McNamara 27 24 25 17 -93

Cypress Lake 8 15 14 4 -41

Three-pointers: BM - Doleman (2), Gerding. CL - Duffey (3), Barnes (2), Davis (1). Team Fouls: Bishop McNamara 11, Cypress Lake 8. Fouled out: None. Technicals: None.

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