By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
Last week was the deciding week for the District 7A-10 regular-season standings.
Charlotte needed everything to go right, and it did. Cape Coral beat Port Charlotte and then lost against North Fort Myers, which allowed the Tarpons to clinch the No. 1 seed with a tiebreaker.
With the No. 1 seed comes a first-round bye in the district tournament, and the Tarpons will also host the semifinal game and potential district championship if they make it.
This coming week will just be a tuneup in preparation for the tournaments, for the most part. The game of the week will be Tuesday night when the Pirates head to North Port for Round 2 against the Bobcats.
Last time, North Port led for nearly the entire game, but Port Charlotte came back for a 68-64 win.
This will be the last intra-area game of the regular season. There could potentially be two more: Lemon Bay vs. Charlotte in the District 7A-10 semifinals, and the winner of that game could possibly face Port Charlotte in the championship.
LUCKY NO. 13
Ben Via scored 13 points in the third quarter of last week’s win over Venice to lead the Bobcats. Via’s hot quarter was crucial coming out of halftime where North Port shot 9 for 21 from the paint in the first half.
The numbers are still being crunched by their schools, but Charlotte’s Trevor Bokon and Lemon Bay’s Jake Comer are approaching school records. Bokon’s is for the top free-throw shooter (based on percentage points) in Tarpon history, with Comer within reach of the most career 3-pointers.
A few Tarpons were under the weather last week, forcing them to miss some time. It’s just another addition to the laundry list of ailments Charlotte has faced this year, preventing them from putting out a 100-percent healthy roster even once all season.
In Lemon Bay’s first meeting against Port Charlotte, the Manta Rays entered halftime with 38 points. This time around, the Pirate defense didn’t allow 38 points until under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Last week Sean Price totaled 55 points in two Port Charlotte games, to go along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Price is on pace for the best season of his career, well eclipsing 400 points on the season.
Season record: 12-11 (9-3 in District 7A-10)
Last week: 2-1
Season record: 14-9 (6-6 in District 7A-10)
Last week: 2-1
Season record: 13-7 (4-0 in District 8A-12)
Last week: 1-0
Season record: 15-3 (9-3 in District 7A-10)
Last week: 1-1
Player School GP PPG
Sean Price Port Charlotte 18 23.1
Keegan Wyman Lemon Bay 20 15.2
Jake Comer Lemon Bay 22 13.3
Ahmad Johnson Charlotte 22 13.0
Shemar Fleurissant Port Charlotte 17 12.0
Bryan O’Boyle North Port 12 10.9
Mackengie Simon Charlotte 10 10.6
Ben Via North Port 21 10.4
Gene Oliver North Port 21 9.7
Tyler Caron Lemon Bay 22 9.4
Luke Morrill Lemon Bay 23 9.1
Player School GP RPG
Sean Price Port Charlotte 18 9.2
Mackengie Simon Charlotte 10 8.2
Hayden Wolff Lemon Bay 20 6.9
Will Batts Charlotte 21 6.4
Bryan O’Boyle North Port 12 5.5
Brandon Gainey Port Charlotte 18 5.4
Tyler Caron Lemon Bay 22 5.3
Zach Babut North Port 21 4.7
Bryson Thieme North Port 21 4.7
Shemar Fleurissant Port Charlotte 17 4.5
Jake Haas Charlotte 23 4.2
Ben Via North Port 21 4.1
Ahmad Johnson Charlotte 22 4.0
Player School GP APG
Cade Huber Lemon Bay 22 4.0
Brandon Graff North Port 17 3.7
Zach Babut North Port 21 3.5
Sean Price Port Charlotte 18 3.3
Michael Reid Lemon Bay 23 3.2
Klayton Morris Port Charlotte 18 2.8
Bryan O’Boyle North Port 12 2.5
Trevor Bokon Charlotte 20 2.3
Gene Oliver North Port 20 2.0
Jayden Grant Charlotte 16 2.0