The Lely Trojans continue their drive to go deep into the playoffs.
On Tuesday, Lely, the No. 3 seed, downed Estero and on Wednesday Lely knocked off No. 2 seed Lehigh to reach the Class 5A-District 14 championship game against Golden Gate.
They will meet at 7 p.m. today at host Immokalee High School.
Interim coach Fritz Jacques' team will try to do something that hasn't been done in four years, beat Golden Gate, the No. 1 seed.
Since Jacques took over the team it has gone 7-2, with his past-paced style of play that can allow teams to come back, after taking over for Ryan Bowen who resigned in early January. Overall, the teams is 17-10.
Against Lehigh, Lely built up a 10-point lead then held off Lehigh with a Lik Estillien basket that gave them a 64-63 victory. It did the same against Estero until the Trojans clamped down on defense to pull away with a 63-49 win.
Senior Nick Ronquette showed his leadership in both games. He tallied 10 points and numerous assists against Estero then tossed in 22 points against Lehigh.
"Ronquette played big, like a senior should," Jacques said.
Nick Talko, the team's leading scored, tallied nine points in the final quarter to help the Trojans down Estero. Against Estero, Talko scored six points, but came up big on defense.
"Nick didn't force his shot and played sound defense," Jacques said.
Karbiel Dirogene stepped up his defense against BJ Edwards who tallied 20 points.
"Dirogene did an excellent job on Edwards and was absolutely amazing off the boards," Jacques said. "Edwards is one of the best players in Southwest Florida."
He knows that they have to play their best against Golden Gate.
"We have to be focused and play our game," Jacques said. "I tell the boys to keep believing in each other, our goal is still in front of us."
No matter who wins, both teams advance in regional play. If Lely wins they get a home game, if not will be on the road. Their opponent will be determined in the Class 5A-District game that pits Mariner against Cape Coral tonight.