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Brett Comer’s number of clutch plays for the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team keeps growing, as the 4,251 fans in attendance who witnessed the Eagles’ 83-78 victory over Furman on Friday night will most likely attest. The 6’3” senior from Winter Park, FL scored 19 points and had ten assists, but the way he took over the game late is what most likely will stick out in peoples’ minds.
After FGCU (9-2) built a 76-64 lead late in the game, the Paladins went on a 9-0 run to close the margin to 76-73 with under two minutes remaining. It was shortly after that Comer converted a 3-point play after getting fouled on a tough layup near the basket to put the Eagles up 79-73. Though Furman’s Stephen Croone the countered with a 3-pointer of his own to make it 79-76, Comer again answered by driving hard to the basket before getting fouled. His two free throws put the Eagles up by five at 81-76. The scoring was closed out on a Furman field goal and two free throws by the Eagles’ Julian DeBose.
Lehigh Senior High School (LSHS) has selected a familiar face from the Lee County community to serve as its next head football coach. James Chaney, a North Fort Myers High School graduate, will take over the reins of the LSHS program; ushering in a new era of Lightning football.
After graduating from North Fort Myers High School, Coach Chaney attended Florida State University, where he earned his degree in Criminology and played on the defensive line for the Seminoles under Coach Bobby Bowden. Coach Chaney has been very involved in the community in youth and high school sports for the past 9 years.
Of welcoming Coach Chaney to the Lightning program, Principal Jackie Corey shared, “We had over 75 applicants (and) scheduled 16 interviews. We interviewed applicants from California, Ohio, Louisiana, the NFL and Lee County. After searching and interviewing for over a month, we found the best candidate in our own backyard. James Chaney has deep roots in the community and is very well respected. We feel he will be a positive mentor and has the leadership ability to take our program in the right direction. We are excited about him joining the Lehigh family as a teacher and coach.”
By Bill Levy (Click here to see other photos)
Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley has often noted that his teams have gotten off to a sluggish start in games this season. The good news is that they got off to a good start in their 69-63 loss to Florida International University on Sunday afternoon at the Alico Dome in front of 3,511. The bad news is the second half did not go quite as well.
After FGCU (8-2) opened the game by building a 22-8 lead, FIU then went on a 20-10 run of their own to cut the Eagles margin to four points at 32-28 at halftime. Though FIU (6-4) was able to make it a two-point game on two occasions at 37-35 and 39-37 near the start of the second half, Demetris Morant’s alley-oop dunk from Brett Comer gave the Eagles their four point lead back at 41-37 with just over thirteen minutes left in the game. From there however, the Panthers then went on a 12-0 run to go up 49-41. After the Eagles scored the next four points to make it 49-45, the Panthers outscored the Eagles 18-10 to take control of the game. In that stretch, the Panthers’ Dennis Mavin had eight of his game high 27 points.
FGCU junior Lani Cabrera swam at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships last week and put forth a record breaking performance. Cabrera posted a time of 2:04.10 in the 200-meter Freestyle which broke her own Barbados national record of 2:06.34 which was set at the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul.
Fans looking to catch the red-hot 8-1 FGCU men’s basketball team, ranked No. 12 in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, will have the opportunity to see the Eagles play at Alico Arena for the final times this calendar year at a discounted rate.
With students on break for the holidays, general-admission tickets for Sunday’s game against cross-state foe FIU (Dec. 14, 2 p.m.) and next Friday’s contest versus Furman (Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.) can be purchased as a combo deal for only $15. General-admission tickets normally sell for $10 per game, giving fans a holiday savings of 25 percent to see Dunk City, which currently has the 35th-best RPI in the nation.
Additionally, fans have the opportunity to purchase a “Raining Threes” general-admission ticket package which includes three upcoming men’s and women’s games for only $13. The three games include Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. when the women (6-2) take on Providence and the doubleheader next Friday, Dec. 19, as the women take on Northern Colorado at 4:30 prior to the men’s game.
In its first game after a double-overtime loss to Ohio State, the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Southern Mississippi 78-62 Saturday night at Alico Arena. The Eagles saw career-high scoring from Taylor Gradinjan and Kaneisha Atwater en route to their sixth win of the season and moved to 6-2 with the victory. The Golden Eagles of USM fall to 6-2 on the year with the all-time series now tied at one each.
By BILL LEVY Click here to see other photos of the game
Make no mistake about it; Florida Gulf Coast State University men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley sent a message to his team in their 77-58 victory over Florida Tech at Alico Arena on Wednesday night. Though the win improved the Eagles to a 7-1 record, Dooley was not happy how the game started, as he pulled all the starters not even three minutes into the game with the score tied at five.
“We got off to a very sluggish start,” Dooley said. “There wasn’t a lot of energy. The effort wasn’t where it needed to be.”
Though the Panthers were able to then outscore FGCU 10-7 to earn a 15-12 advantage near the midway point of the first half, the Eagles then went on a 13-0 run to go up 25-15. That stretch featured six points from Marc-Eddy-Norelia as well as five from freshman Christian Terrell, who led all scorers for the game with a career-high22.