Leesburg tops Cape Coral Mariner, 57-53, in 6A championship

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Lance Erving had 20 points to lead Leesburg to a 57-53 win against Cape Coral Mariner in the Florida class 6A boys’ basketball championship game Saturday.

Leesburg (23-6) stormed out to a double-digit lead in the first half before holding off Mariner down the stretch. The Yellow Jackets scored the first 14 points of the game and pushed their lead to 38-21 by halftime.

Mariner (23-8) battled back in the third period and quickly got the lead down to 41-36 behind baskets from Amari Haynes and Jahmel Myers. But a 3-pointer from Erving made the score 44-36 and the Yellow Jackets finished the period strong and extended the lead to 49-38.

The Tritons, however, kept the game tight. A 3-pointer from Brandon Kostyk made the score 52-45 and another basket from Haynes made the score 56-51 with 29 seconds left. But Leesburg got a free throw from Cordrayius Graham and was able to kill the rest of the clock.

Graham had 17 for Leesburg while Haynes led Mariner with 15 points and eight rebounds.

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