Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Naples Tops Lely in Thriller

Photos by Scott Shook

The atmosphere was electric in the Lely High School gym even before the varsity squads took the floor when the Trojans hosted the Naples Eagles in the city’s longest-running rivalry. The junior varsity teams played to an exciting finish before the big boys took over. What ensued was an exciting Helter   Skelter contest that Naples ended up winning 60-52.Both teams came into the game with perfect 4-0 records. And fans in the packed gymnasium got their money’s worth as the two squads battled like heavy weights from the opening tip to the final buzzer. “It was a nice show tonight,” Lely coach Fritz Jacques said, “it’s exciting when Lely plays Naples in anything. You saw the crowd here tonight. It’s very special. We’ll be ready to play them again in a month or so.” It was a game where Naples was able to keep the aggressive Trojans at bay all night, holding leads at every break in play. “We could never get over the hump, really,” said Jacques, who figures he was facing Naples for the 18th time in his head coaching career. “They kept us within 7-8-9 points. We didn’t make a lot of shots from the outside and we missed a lot of layups. ”JJ Dervil, who electrified the crowd with two rim-rattling dunks, finished with 21 points—the only Trojan in double figures.Eight Trojans scored, however, as Jacques shuttles his players in and out throughout the game, enabling them to maintain the break-neck speed he demands. Tony Green led Naples with 18 points. The Trojans get a break before hosting the Don Stewart Shootout at the Lely gym on January 3-4. Stewart was the long time successful Lely coach whose son Scott starred at the University of Florida and now coaches First Baptist Academy.

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