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Lely tramples Riverdale

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090225ME-LELBB5 Zara Stewart, 2, ran up to congratulate grandpa Don Stewart on his Lely team's win over Riverdale and he rewarded her with a kiss. Roger LaLonde/Staff

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

090225ME-LELBB5 Zara Stewart, 2, ran up to congratulate grandpa Don Stewart on his Lely team's win over Riverdale and he rewarded her with a kiss. Roger LaLonde/Staff

The banner says it all, the Lely boys basketball team was very good in the second half, downing Riverdale, 69-49 in regional quarterfinals action.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

The banner says it all, the Lely boys basketball team was very good in the second half, downing Riverdale, 69-49 in regional quarterfinals action.

 Lely's Zach Hornsby scores two points in a wild third quarter where the Trojans raced away from Riverdale for a 69-49 victory in a regional quarterfinal game.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Lely's Zach Hornsby scores two points in a wild third quarter where the Trojans raced away from Riverdale for a 69-49 victory in a regional quarterfinal game.

Lely's Brandon Love and a Riverdale player look more like they were giving each other a high 5 than Love getting off a pass to a teammate with his opponent tightly defending. Lely downed Riverdale to advance to the regional semifinals.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Lely's Brandon Love and a Riverdale player look more like they were giving each other a high 5 than Love getting off a pass to a teammate with his opponent tightly defending. Lely downed Riverdale to advance to the regional semifinals.

 Lely's Dennis Marcelin puts up a rebound basket in the Trojans 69-49 win over Riverdale.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Lely's Dennis Marcelin puts up a rebound basket in the Trojans 69-49 win over Riverdale.

A colorful banner on the Lely gym wall said, LELY BBALL MMM...SO GOOD.

The banner was sure right in the second half on Thursday night when the Trojans advanced to the Class 4A-Region 3 semifinal round by ripping Riverdale, 69-49.

The third time still wasn’t a charm for Riverdale as they lost all three meetings this year to the Trojans.

But Riverdale didn’t go easy, at least at first. A stingy zone defense and eye-popping shooting by Denzel Hagan, who swished in three 3-point shots in the second quarter, gave Riverdale a 29-28 lead at halftime.

Unfortunately for the Raiders the coaches decided to switch to a man-to-man defense, giving Lely momentum.

The Trojans also came out defiant on defense.

The Marco Island contingent of Brandon Love, Parker Ayers, Zach Hornsby and Christian Tateo applied a swarming defense that led to turnovers and Trojan points.

The 6-foot-6 Ayers had three steals and a blocked shot. Hornsby, two steals, both leading to baskets. Tateo had a steal and drove to the basket, making an off-hand, right-handed layup.

Love, a guard-forward, went in among the trees for a decisive rebound and steal. He also sank a 3-point shot. At the close of the quarter Love was fouled while trying a 3-point shot and calmly sank all three foul shots to jump the Trojans lead to 49-34.

For much of the fourth quarter the Lely lead was at 18 or 20 points. Lely’s Jeff Charelus shined with six points and a thunderous shot block in the quarter to put the exclamation point on the win.

Dennis Marcelin had eight points, but a neck injury reduced his play for Lely.

“Brandon Love is our Waste Management, he picks up all the garbage,” Lely Coach Don Stewart said. “He picks up loose balls and converts them into big plays. He’s done that from day one,” Stewart said of his senior.

For the game, Ayers had 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals. Love and Hornsby scored 12 and Tateo 11 points. Tateo added five assists, while Hornsby grabbed seven rebounds. Charelus finished with six points, six rebounds and four assists.

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faithfultrojanette writes:

Right on LELY - Right on!

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