By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
Port Charlotte made it through last week unscathed with a pair of district wins.
An overtime win against North Fort Myers for the Pirates required an impressive performance from Sean Price, who now leads the area with 22.5 points per game.
As for Charlotte, Lemon Bay and North Port, they all suffered at least one loss last week.
The Bobcats defeated the Tarpons by 21 points – the largest margin of any intra-area game this season – behind 14 points from Bryan O’Boyle and 12 points for Ben Via.
The Tarpons lost control for the No. 1 seed with its loss to Cape Coral on Thursday. Despite 20 points from Ahmad Johnson, Charlotte couldn’t hold on after coming from behind to hold a five-point lead in the fourth quarter.
In Englewood, the Manta Rays were without leading scorer Keegan Wyman (illness). He’s expected to return for their next game. Without Wyman, there were 10 double-digit performances in three games from the Manta Rays, including three for Cade Huber and two for Hayden Wolff and Jake Comer.
NEW YEAR, NEW BOBCATS
North Port went 7-5 in 2016, but since the calendar has turned to the new year, the Bobcats are 6-2 with the two losses against Lakewood Ranch (No. 2 in Class 8A according to Maxpreps) and Riverview (No. 8 in Class 9A).
Port Charlotte’s Sean Price had the best scoring performance of the season last Tuesday with 45 points in an overtime win against North Fort Myers. Price’s total was just two points shy of the school-record. He also scored 25 of Port Charlotte’s 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Lemon Bay’s Cade Huber began to heat up last week, averaging 16 points over three games, while also dishing out five assists per game. He scored 23 points with eight assists in a buzzer-beating loss to North Fort Myers, and had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds the game before.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
Charlotte’s path to a No. 1 seed in the district tournament is more difficult than it was at this time last week, but it’s still very possible. A pair of Charlotte County foes will have to help them, though. If Port Charlotte defeats Cape Coral Tuesday night then the Pirates lose to Lemon Bay on Friday, the Tarpons would hold the tiebreaker between the three-loss teams.
There are only two intra-area games remaining on the schedule (Port Charlotte at Lemon Bay, Port Charlotte at North Port). So far this season, Charlotte finished 3-3 against area teams this season. So far Port Charlotte is 2-2, Lemon Bay is 1-2 and North Port is 2-1.
Season record: 10-10 (8-3 in District 7A-10)
Last week: 1-2
Season record: 14-2 (8-2 in District 7A-10)
Last week: 2-0
Season record: 12-8 (5-5 in District 7A-10)
Last week: 2-1
Season record: 13-7 (4-0 in District 8A-12)
Last week: 1-1
Player School GP PPG
Sean Price Port Charlotte 16 22.5
Keegan Wyman Lemon Bay 17 15.7
Jake Comer Lemon Bay 19 13.6
Ahmad Johnson Charlotte 20 13.1
Shemar Fleurissant Port Charlotte 15 12.4
Mackengie Simon Charlotte 8 11.6
Bryan O’Boyle North Port 11 11.3
Gene Oliver North Port 20 10.2
Ben Via North Port 20 9.8
Luke Morrill Lemon Bay 20 9.7
Tyler Caron Lemon Bay 19 9.7
Player School GP RPG
Sean Price Port Charlotte 16 9.4
Mackengie Simon Charlotte 8 8.2
Hayden Wolff Lemon Bay 17 7.2
Will Batts Charlotte 18 6.4
Ahmad Johnson Charlotte 20 6.0
Brandon Gainey Port Charlotte 16 5.8
Tyler Caron Lemon Bay 19 5.6
Bryan O’Boyle North Port 11 5.6
Jake Haas Charlotte 20 4.6
Zach Babut North Port 20 4.5
Bryson Thieme North Port 20 4.4
Shemar Fleurissant Port Charlotte 15 4.2
Ben Via North Port 20 4.1
Player School GP APG
Cade Huber Lemon Bay 20 4.3
Brandon Graff North Port 16 3.6
Zach Babut North Port 20 3.4
Sean Price Port Charlotte 16 3.1
Klayton Morris Port Charlotte 16 2.9
Michael Reid Lemon Bay 20 2.6
Bryan O’Boyle North Port 11 2.6
Trevor Bokon Charlotte 20 2.3
Gene Oliver North Port 20 2.1
Jayden Grant Charlotte 16 2.0