By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PUNTA GORDA — It was just not Charlotte’s day, as the Community School of Naples was simply the better basketball team Wednesday afternoon.
The Seahawks cruised to a 67-45 win; handing the Tarpons their second loss in as many days.
“They’re a really good team and we knew that going in,” Charlotte coach Tom Massolio said. “We have to execute a lot better. We have to win those battles, and those 50-50 balls against a team like that. We didn’t do a very good job of that today.”
Trent Buttrick and Jake Kastroll dominated the game for Naples, and made an impact all over the scoresheet. Kastroll came close to a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Buttrick, a 6-foot-8 forward, had a game-high 25 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four blocks. Those totals include three blocks on consecutive shot attempts for the Tarpons and three 3-pointers made.
“He’s a very talented player,” Massolio said. “He’s a college basketball player. That’s what a college basketball player looks like. We had no answer for him.”
Kastroll and Buttrick combined for eight of the team’s 12 offensive rebounds, an area Massolio wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.
“You can’t give them that many rebounds and expect to beat a team like that,” Massolio said. “I don’t know how many second chances they got to score, and they did. I can’t get over how many offensive rebounds they probably had in the game. That’s on us. That’s effort on us.”
One bright spot for Charlotte in the loss was Ahmad Johnson, who scored 19 points, and continued his emergence as a scoring threat. Jake Haas also scored eight points.
“Ahmad is going to be a really good player. There’s no doubt about it,” Massolio said. “He still has a lot to learn, and has to work at the other end also, but I think he’s going to be a very good player for us and down the road. Our young kids are good. I’ve said that from the get go. They just need to continue to get better.”
Will Batts and Mackengie Simon were relatively shutdown for the Tarpons. Batts was limited to six points and eight rebounds, while Simon was held to four points and six rebounds.
Despite a strong effort in the third quarter for Charlotte, they were unable cut into the Seahawks’ lead, as the two teams had matching 17-point periods to head into the fourth at 55-36.
Charlotte built itself an early deficit, as the Seahawks quickly jumped out to a 13-2 lead to open the game. The Tarpons were able to make it a nine-point game at one point in the second quarter, but just five minutes later, it was a 19-point game as Naples had a 28-19 lead at the break.
Naples had three different scorers in double figures. In addition to Buttrick, Connor Foxhoven and Parker Weiss each had 10 points.
The Tarpons played in front of a packed gym Wednesday for the 12:20 p.m. tip-off, as students were allowed to attend the game for the final hour and a half of the school day. This was for Charlotte’s annual Renaissance game.
Contact Bryan Levine at 941-206-1126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
C.S. OF NAPLES 67, CHARLOTTE 45
CS of Naples 23 15 17 12 — 67
Charlotte 8 11 17 9 — 45
Community School of Naples (67): Trent Buttrick 25, Parker Weiss 10, Connor Foxhoven 10, C. Weiss 9, Jake Kastroll 8, Jeffrey Donahue 3, Jacob Siegel 2. Totals: 27 (9) 4-8 67
Charlotte (45): Ahmad Johnson 19, Haas 8, Batts 6, Ingle 5, Simon 4, Hundt 2, Bokon 1. Totals: 15(2) 13-23 45.