Collier schools sweep Lee/Collier Bash

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 Lely's size was a problem for Mariner as LJ Greenidge scores two points for the Trojans who won, 65-56 on Saturday in the Lee/Collier Bash at Lely on Saturday.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Lely's size was a problem for Mariner as LJ Greenidge scores two points for the Trojans who won, 65-56 on Saturday in the Lee/Collier Bash at Lely on Saturday.

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 Barron Collier's Matt Turk blocks a shot as the Cougars drubbed Riverdale, 62-19, in the Lee/Collier Bash on Saturday at Lely High.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Barron Collier's Matt Turk blocks a shot as the Cougars drubbed Riverdale, 62-19, in the Lee/Collier Bash on Saturday at Lely High.

Roger LaLonde/Staff 
 Lely's Nick Talko catches a pass in mid air after Mariners' Rich Moore tried to intercept in the Lee/Collier Bash on Saturday at Lely. The Trojans, behind Talko, made it a clean sweep, with Collier teams winning all five games, as Lely won 65-56.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Lely's Nick Talko catches a pass in mid air after Mariners' Rich Moore tried to intercept in the Lee/Collier Bash on Saturday at Lely. The Trojans, behind Talko, made it a clean sweep, with Collier teams winning all five games, as Lely won 65-56.

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 Community School's Zach Rocette makes a difficult shot over South Fort Myers defenders at the Lee/Collier Bash on Saturday at Lely High. Community School downed South Fort Myers, 47-40.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Community School's Zach Rocette makes a difficult shot over South Fort Myers defenders at the Lee/Collier Bash on Saturday at Lely High. Community School downed South Fort Myers, 47-40.

Naples got revenge on its neighbors to the north Saturday in the third annual Lee/Collier Bash at Lely.

After Lee County won three of the five boys basketball games in last year's event, Collier County came back strong this season. All five Naples teams beat their Lee opponents Saturday to sweep the inter-county showdown.

The host Trojans capped Collier's dominance with a 65-56 victory over Cape Coral-Mariner. Lely is 3-0 all-time in the Lee/Collier Bash. Assistant John Siers coached Lely in the absence of head coach and Bash creator Ryan Bowen, who missed the game with an illness.

"It's a good quality win. Mariner's a good team," said junior Nick Talko, who led Lely with 16 points. "Collier County showed that we're improved this year. We take pride in being better than Lee County."

The all-day action started at 1 p.m., and the winner best-of-five showdown was decided after the first three games. Gulf Coast, Golden Gate and Community School all won in low-scoring, but close games to give Collier County an early edge.

"It's a point of pride to see who has the best basketball teams," Golden Gate senior Keovis Brice said. "It's Collier. It's always Collier."

In three years of the Bash, which featured just three games in 2011, Collier holds a 10-3 advantage in games won.

Gulf Coast went up early in the first game, and led most the way before fending off Gateway Charter's late comeback. The Griffins missed a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds as Gulf Coast won 52-51.

Luke Czaplewski scored 20 points to lead the Sharks, who improved to 10-3. Gulf Coast lost to Cape Coral-Mariner in last year's Lee/Collier Bash.

Golden Gate beat Cape Coral 53-48 in the second game behind Brice's 19 points. It was a one-point game late in the third quarter before the Titans (5-5) opened up a 10-point lead with four minutes to play.

"We came out slow, so we had to push ourselves and play defense," Brice said.

Community School also got off to a slow start before picking it up after halftime. The Seahawks (14-3) were down two at the break but held South to just 12 points in the second half of a 49-40 victory.

The Wolfpack (5-7) made just four shots after halftime.

"In the first half we were slacking a bit," Community School junior Jeff Merton said. "We weren't playing with heart. In the second half we came out a lot stronger, and it showed."

Merton's 16 points led the Seahawks, who also lost in last year's Bash.

South had more field goals than Community School (15 to 14), but the Seahawks went 18-of-29 from the free-throw line.

Barron Collier blew past one-win Riverdale 62-19. The Cougars (12-6) led by 23 at halftime and went up by 35 at the 5:40 mark of the third quarter, triggering a running clock the rest of the way.

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