Lely tramples Riverdale
Lely runs away with game in second ...
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.