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Updated: 02/01/2013 07:59:26AM

Mantas hang tough, lose in second half to Pirates

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Mantas Nick Beltz (20) and Mike Peitz put the squeeze on Marcus Delisca of Port Charlotte as he attempts to score in the first period. Lemon Bay battled back from a terrible third period but came up short 44-32.

Lemon Bay’s Josh Chapman drives towards the bucket in the first half of the Mantas’ loss to Port Charlotte in the JV final home game of the season Tuesday.

Jordan Caron knocks down two more of his team leading 7 points against Port Charlotte. All of Caron’s points came in the second half. The loss put the Mantas at 7-10 for the season.


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ENGLEWOOD — There really isn’t much discussion as to who’s the best boys JV basketball team in the area. The Port Charlotte Pirates have lost only one game and that was to Charlotte by one point in the last three seconds. Also two of their starters missed that game for breaking team rules.

Mantas coach Chuck Beahrs knows his job is to develop players to play for the varsity. One of the things about his team that he is happy to hear comes from other coaches. “The others coaches have told me that nobody plays as hard as my guys and I’m proud of that,” said Beahrs.

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