By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
ENGLEWOOD — There were two different Lemon Bay High School boys basketball teams who showed up Friday night against North Fort Myers.
The Manta Rays of the first half committed 18 turnovers, and were even held to just five points in the second quarter.
Things drastically improved after the break because the Lemon Bay of the second half scored 47 points, erased a 10-point deficit and rallied back to defeat the Red Knights 68-57.
Keegan Wyman scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Manta Rays (2-3, 2-2 in District 7A-10) to a big district victory. Wyman sank four 3-pointers in the second half, and finished the night with five rebounds.
“It was my teammates,” Wyman said. “They helped me all around, and they got me the ball, and it just went in for me.”
Cade Huber scored nine of his 15 points – seven via the free throw – in the fourth quarter, as he missed just one from the charity stripe to help seal the game.
The Manta Rays stayed competitive in the first half, despite 14 turnovers in the game’s first 10 minutes. They were helped by three Jacob Comer 3-pointers to give Lemon Bay an early 9-3 lead.
Comer finished the night with 15 points, one game removed from a 31-point performance where he hit nine 3-pointers.
“We struggle all the time – because I have so many shooters – as to who’s going to be the hot guy,” Huber said. “I’m trying to make sure that everybody buys into the fact that whoever that guy is, we need to keep feeding that guy the ball, and that’s what we did tonight.”
North Fort Myers (3-8, 1-3) went on a 13-2 run after Comer’s streak, but the Manta Rays were able to bring the score to 18-18 in the beginning of the second quarter. The Red Knights went on a 13-3 run after that to close out the first half, and brought a 31-21 lead into the break.
“It was the speed of the game,” Huber said. “They’re a quick, athletic group. It’s hard to simulate the pressure they apply to the ball. When we practiced yesterday, I put six guys on defense because it’s like playing against six guys.”
Once the second half began, it was North Fort Myers’ turn to commit turnovers, as they gave the ball away five times in the first three minutes, allowing Wyman and company to bring the score to 33-32.
LEMON BAY 68, NORTH FORT MYERS 57
N. Fort Myers 17 14 10 16 — 57
Lemon Bay 16 5 21 26 — 68
North Fort Myers (57): Fa’Najae Gotay 15, Ericc Harris 11, Jordan Thomas 8, Joseph Wilkins 8, Herbert Riggins 4, Josiah Alvarez 3, Kimar Peacock 2, Brandon King 2, Luis Alfonso 2, Jalen Alvarez 2. Totals: 23(5) 6-10 57
Lemon Bay (68): Keegan Wyman 28, Jake Comer 15, Cade Huber 15, Luke Morrill 3, Hayden Wolff 3, Michael Reid 2, Tyler Caron 2. Totals: 23(9) 13-18 68.