Lely wins season opener Team plans basketball tourney trip

Team plans basketball tourney trip

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely's Nick Talko reaches back to make two of his 27 points in the Trojans win over Palmetto Ridge, 55-38, to open the seaSon. The Trojans host rival Naples on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Nick Talko reaches back to make two of his 27 points in the Trojans win over Palmetto Ridge, 55-38, to open the seaSon. The Trojans host rival Naples on Tuesday night.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely's Cleafford Millien makes good on a rebound basket in the Trojans win over Palmetto Ridge in its season opener. Lely hosts rival Naples on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Cleafford Millien makes good on a rebound basket in the Trojans win over Palmetto Ridge in its season opener. Lely hosts rival Naples on Tuesday night.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely cheerleaders rev up the fans as their Trojans down Palmetto Ridge in the season opener. Lely hosts rival Naples on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely cheerleaders rev up the fans as their Trojans down Palmetto Ridge in the season opener. Lely hosts rival Naples on Tuesday night.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely coach Ryan Bowen signals a play in the Trojans season-opening win over Palmetto Ridge. The TRojans host rival Naples on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely coach Ryan Bowen signals a play in the Trojans season-opening win over Palmetto Ridge. The TRojans host rival Naples on Tuesday night.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely's Dieuvenel Tanis (5) hounds Palmetto Ridge's Kris Anderson in the Trojans opening season win. Lely hosts rival Naples on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Dieuvenel Tanis (5) hounds Palmetto Ridge's Kris Anderson in the Trojans opening season win. Lely hosts rival Naples on Tuesday night.

The Lely Trojans opened its season with a convincing win over Palmetto Ridge on Monday night.

The Trojans are trying to build on its second-place finish in District 5A-14 a year ago.

"Mr. Smooth." Nick Talko, quietly scored 27 points to lead the team in its 55-38 victory.

Talko lets the game come to him. The junior, in his third year on varsity, was All-Area a year ago and looks to be the mainstay of a team that has very good potential.

Against Palmetto Ridge the big boys, Cleafford Millien, a junior and LJ Greenidge, a senior, controlled the boards. Point guards Nick Ronquette, a senior, and sophomore Zach Gober distributed the ball and played solid defense.

"We are still phasing in our football players into our system and have a lot of improving to do," coach Ryan Bowen said. "We are stressing the little things that happen in a game and trying to limit our mental mistakes. I am encouraged with what I saw in preseason and our first game."

Karbiel Dirogene, a junior, is a football player getting his basketball legs underneath him. He was strong on defense and will become a force on offense.

The next game is at home, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, against rival Naples.

A major competition the Trojans will play in is the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament in Elmira N.Y., Dec. 27-30. The Trojans open with Williamsport, Pa., at 5 p.m. on Dec. 27, in the National Division.

Bowen, in his fourth season, considers the tournament a great opportunity.

" I did grow up in the area and my parents will be hosting our team for a dinner at our family's restaurant," he said. "I think it is important for guys to see another part of the country. Also, there are a lot of colleges in that area I have connections with that will be there watching our guys."

The players are selling banners and coupon books to raise funds for the trip. The banners and books will be available at Lely home games. For monetary donations checks can be made out to the Trojans Basketball Club, 1 Lely High School Boulevard, Naples, FL 34113. There is also a donation form available at lelyhoops@gmail.com.

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