BOYS BASKETBALL: Lemon Bay rolls in win over DeSoto County

By Josh Grant, Sun Correspondent

Lemon Bay's Hayden Wolff gets the shot block as he and the Manta Rays play strong defense against Desoto on Wednesday (Sun Photo by Tim Kern).

Lemon Bay’s Hayden Wolff gets the shot block as he and the Manta Rays play strong defense against Desoto on Wednesday (Sun Photo by Tim Kern).

ENGLEWOOD — Without leading scorer Keegan Wyman, who was out for a second straight game due to illness, Lemon Bay coach Sean Huber had to look for other scoring options in Wednesday night’s matchup against DeSoto County.

“I had a conversation with some of our junior varsity guys about moving up next year, and it’s tough to explain how spots will be tight because of the huge core coming back,” Huber said. “But, you never know what happens, guys get sick, hurt, family emergencies, and I’m just happy with how my guys continue to handle it.”

Luckily, the “team over everything” mantra continues to pay dividends for Huber and his squad as 11 of 13 players who entered the game chipped in with at least a point in a 70-33 blowout victory.

“Defensively, we got after them tonight,” Huber said. “Our effort was outstanding.”

Four players scored in double figures as Jake Comer and Hayden Wolff finished with 12, while Luke Morrill had 11 and Cade Huber 10.

Comer’s 12 came by way of the three ball, as the senior finished 4-for-9 from beyond the arc, while Wolff grabbed 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.

Comer (eye) and Wolff (leg) missed time during the game, but both are expected to play tonight. Wyman, according to Huber, is showing signs of improvement and could possibly be back in the lineup tonight as well.

The victory marked the first time this season that Lemon Bay won games on consecutive nights, which is a strong indication of where Huber’s team is at this moment.

Lemon Bay also finished the game with 18 assists, led by Wolff and junior forward Tyler Caron, who finished with three each.

DeSoto had a similar offensive contribution from its team, with 10-of-13 players each scoring a point, but could not maintain an offensive identity due to the pressure of the Lemon Bay defense.

Arnold Mele led the way for the Bulldogs with nine points, while Nehemiah Hillard chipped in with five.

The Bulldogs were without first-year head coach Darrel Nicklow, who was tending to a family matter.
“Family comes first,” Huber said. “I wish (Nicklow) was here and hope everything is well.”

Lemon Bay (12-7) faces a huge, district test tonight against North Fort Myers — the Manta Rays’ third game in four days.

“At the beginning of the year, it was rough for some guys to find a niche,” Huber said. “Now, everyone is sort of settling into their roles and everyone is comfortable with what they have to do.”

“We’ll have a pretty good idea of where we are after Friday night.”

DeSoto 9 5 12 7 — 33: Mele 9, Hillard 5, Author 4, Wesley 4, Nicklow 3, Hinson 2, Evans 2, Lawson 2, Washington 2, Wilson 2. Totals: 14 (4) 1-2
Lemon Bay 19 16 17 18 — 70: Jake Comer 12, Hayden Wolff 12, Luke Morrill 11, Cade Huber 10, Reid 6, Caron 6, Sweeny 4, Brady 4, Bottenfield 2, Appelo 2, Reyes 1. Totals: 25 (7) 13-23.

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