In the last game of an eventful Friday night, North Florida Educational Institute handily defeated Community School of Naples, 67-49.
And Eagles did so despite shooting a dreadful 27 percent from three-point range. Much of that had to do with Terrell Miller, who scored 10 points but missed all five of his long-range attempts. Eric Cobb and Kenneth Council also scored 10 points each.
Malik Carter powered the Eagles to victory, scoring 24 points while grabbing eight boards and six steals. The Seahawks simply didn’t have an answer for Carter, who seemed to know exactly where the ball was going before any Seahawk could even think of passing it.
Jeff Merton played a solid game all around, scoring 17 points and snagging 11 rebounds. He was far and away the most efficient player in Community School’s offense, and the only one who shot better than 50 percent from the field. Drew Gendron finished with 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting, going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.
The Seahawks, as a whole, shot 42 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. It often seemed like the 11:15 p.m. start was a little too late for both teams.
Community School does not have any more games to play in the tournament. North Florida Educational will play Miami (Fla.) Norland in the final game of the Sunshine Series, with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today.