Fouls result in free throws.
A free throw is when a player gets to stand on a line 12 feet from the basket and take the shot without being guarded.
Sounds simple, but often it isn’t.
It wasn’t for a normally good shooting Charter School Middle School boys basketball team as it opened its Collier County Public Schools competition on Saturday.
The boys got to the free throw line 39 times, but made only 13, losing to Gulfview Middle School, 46-44. The Eagles missed three free throws in the last minute.
“It was an exciting game and we played pretty well,” coach Roger Raymond said. “This is a good free throw shooting team, but it didn’t happen (on Saturday). Two of our best shooters went 9 of 27.”
Cole Stretton led the Eagles with 13 points, while Patrick Michel and Trevor Dye had 10 each.
“We should have gotten the ball inside more to Trevor, but Gulfview was playing well defensively,” Raymond said.
In the Charter girls game, the Lady Eagles were without injured Ariana Garousi, who averages 20 points a game and experienced player Katie Moss, who was out of town. They lost 34-14.
On Thursday the Charter boys had their way with Everglades City, winning easily, 48-19.
Raymond used his starters sparingly after the first four minutes when the Eagles went up 14-0.
Brandon Steffan didn’t get the Gators first basket until half way through the second quarter. He ended up leading Everglades City with 7 points. Bryan Saunders added 5, Cody Potter, 3 and Rickey Roldan and Logan Foss 2 each.
For Charter School, Trevor Dye tallied 12 points, Bon Deese, Tyler Gresham and Tristan Sonthanan, 6 each, Miles Carlisle, 4 and Matt Estrada, Patick Michel and Cayden Couture two each.
The 5-1 boys team and 4-2 girls team host Port Charlotte Community Christian today, with the girls at 5 p.m., boys, 6 p.m. and the Marco Island High School Academy plays at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Charter School teams travel to Southwest Florida Christian. The Eagles host Pine Ridge Middle School on Saturday, with the boys playing at 11:45 a.m. and the girls at 12:45 p.m.
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