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GHS, Chiefland among winners at Mighty Ike Shootout


Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.

WILLISTON — A night after Gainesville High and Orlando Olympia needed overtime periods to earn wins, both teams entered their matchup at the Team Mighty Ike Shootout on Saturday knowing they would be short on fresh legs.

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Chiefland Indians shooter G'Angelo McClendon goes up past Cornerstone Cougars defender Adam Dagen during the second annual Team Mighty Ike Shootout on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in Williston. Chiefland defeated Cornerstone.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer

Despite relinquishing a pair of 12-point leads in both halves, GHS had enough left in the tank to hold off the Class 8A Titans, 63-60, and improve to 8-1 on the season.

Hurricanes senior Kevin Bolen, who poured in 28 points in Friday's 75-70 win over Columbia, posted his second straight double-double with a team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds.

“We just told the kids we needed to be more aggressive,” GHS coach Kelly Beckham said. “We were too patient maybe. We've got to get to the rim more. Obviously, I think this gives them some confidence that they can win down the stretch, but we've got to clean up some things.”

While the Hurricanes, ranked eighth in Class 6A according to the FABC-Source Hoops poll, shot just 46 percent from the floor, Bolen was able to turn in an efficient effort from the floor on 7-of-9 shooting. The 6-foot-6 forward was joined in double figures by sophomore center Ronte Oates' 12 points and junior forward Ike Smith's 10.

“We've been working on trying to get tighter as one, and we pretty much showed that tonight,” Bolen said. “Last night they were a great team that was just running and running, so we mostly have to get more conditioned.”

In the second quarter, Gainesville's 20-8 advantage over Olympia was whittled away to a one-point deficit before junior Armani Williams gave the Hurricanes a 27-25 lead at the break with a buzzer-beater 3 from the left corner.

Olympia junior guard Scott Barbour came off the bench to spark the Titans with 11 points, nine of which came in the final two quarters. He paired with 6-foot-5 junior Jordan Berry, who led OHS with 14 points, to help draw back a second 12-point spread with less than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

“I thought we looked really flat after playing an overtime game last night, but so did they,” Olympia coach Mark Griseck said. “We were just flat in the beginning and the press gave us a little energy and got us going.”

Though Gainesville trailed just once against the Titans, turnovers and untimely missed shots allowed Olympia (4-5) to stay within single digits of the Hurricanes for the entire fourth quarter.

Gainesville was able to seal the win with a pair of Bolen free throws after he hauled in a missed Titans 3-point attempt with 11.5 seconds left.

“Kevin has been playing well for us all season,” Beckham said. “He's so good around the rim and he had a double-double tonight again I'm sure, but he's a senior and we've got to lean on him.”

Lecanto 82, Williston 61: Red Devils coach Steve Faulkner was left looking for answers after host Williston (6-2) fell by 21 points to a Class 5A Panthers team it previously beat on the road, 74-68, less than two weeks ago at Lecanto (6-3).

Ranked No. 7 in Class 1A, the Red Devils never led after the first quarter and trailed 44-29 at halftime thanks to a pair of 30-point performances by Panthers scorers.

Brandon Burich led all scorers with 33 points and fellow Lecanto junior Darius Sawyer nearly matched his teammate's effort with 31 points on a porous Williston defense.

The Red Devils were led by sophomore forward Alex Porter's 20 points and senior Earl Brown's 12.

“We stopped playing defense,” WHS coach Steve Faulkner said. “We've got a long way to go with this group. They don't quite understand the effort level that I'm asking from them, and that's where we're at right now.”

Even after the loss, however, Faulkner was still pleased with the turnout of the second annual Team Mighty Ike Shootout, which featured 14 teams in six classifications this year.

The seven-game shootout was created to honor the memory of former Williston basketball and football standout Isaac Floyd, who died in a car accident in December 2011.

Eastside 68, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny 52: After trailing 17-14 at halftime, the Rams exploded for a 21-point third quarter to pull away from the second-ranked Crusaders and score an upset win in Class 5A.

Junior guard Darius Norman led all scorers with 18 points and was a force behind the arc and at the basket. Along with a game-high four made 3-pointers, Norman also hauled in 10 rebounds for Eastside.

Point guard Thomas Lundy contributed 11 points and dished six assists to help the Rams improve to 6-1.

Bishop Kenny (8-2) was led by Christian Carlyle's 12 points.

Orlando Dr. Phillips 58, Santa Fe 52: Despite holding the Class 8A Panthers to their lowest scoring output this season, Raiders could not overtake third-ranked Dr. Phillips.

Santa Fe, which is No. 9 in Class 4A, trailed 30-23 at the break but stayed in contact with sophomore forward Neeko Gainey scoring 14 points for the Raiders (4-2).

The Panthers were led by 14 points from both Ira Warren and Jonathon Laurent.

Fort White 72, Vernon 48: Senior forward Jalen Wyche scored 16 points as the undefeated Class 4A Indians blasted Vernon, which entered Saturday ranked ninth in Class 1A.

Fort White (7-0) was able to open a 16-point lead at the break with senior guard Melton Sanders adding 13 points and junior Paul Perry scoring 12.

The Yellowjackets (6-3) were led by Alex Brown's 18 points.

Chiefland 69, Cornerstone Academy 27: With four players reaching double figures, Class 1A's second-ranked Indians remained undefeated at 7-0 this season.

G'Angelo McClendon, a junior, led Chiefland with 18 points and four assists. Fellow guard Patrick Jackson scored 14 and also had seven rebounds.

Deshawn Roland, meanwhile, hit four of his team's nine 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Jarquez Williams added another 3 and scored 11 total points.

Cornerstone (1-2) was paced by Trent Whitaker's 19 points.

Bronson 54, Newberry 46: D.J. Harris, Andrew Bailey and Gavyn Thomas each scored 12 points to lead the Eagles to a Class 1A win over the Panthers.

Thomas, a junior forward, hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds for Bronson, which improves to 8-3 on the season.

Newberry (4-5) also placed three scorers in double figures, led by junior forward Dejwon Howard's 16 points. Cory Durden had 12 points and Hunter Shaw scored 10 for the Panthers.

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