Boys Basketball: No. 4 Jupiter stops No. 6 Lake Worth
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
by Jeff Greer
Mike Edgley picked a good night to catch fire.
With his fourth-ranked Jupiter squad facing a tough road challenge at sixth-ranked Lake Worth, the senior Edgley made three 3-pointers and scored 34 points to pace Jupiter past Lake Worth 69-62 in a Tuesday matchup of two of the area's top teams.
Edgley scored 21 points in the first half as Jupiter (15-5) raced to a 43-32 halftime lead. His 13 second-half points, paired with FAU-signee Grant Pelchen's eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks, did just enough to stave off a Lake Worth comeback.
"I wouldn't call him a pure shooter, but when he gets going, he gets going," Jupiter coach John Andersen said of the 6-foot-4 Edgley. "When he shoots like that, he's unguardable."
Andersen scheduled Tuesday's game for multiple reasons. A longtime rival, Lake Worth (20-4) possesses enough talent to make a state-title run.
Andersen also wanted his players to experience Lake Worth's intimate gym, a bandbox basketball theater full of nostalgia.
The atmosphere didn't affect Jupiter, though, even as the public-address announcer menacingly groaned "uh-ohh" as Lake Worth began its rally back from an 13-point deficit.
"This was a big game for us," said Andersen, whose team hosts fifth-ranked Atlantic on Wednesday night. "We shot the ball great in the first half, but we talked about getting better defensively. I think we did that in the final quarter."
The Trojans overcame a significant size advantage to keep the game close while dropping its second game in two weeks
Aaron Horne, Lake Worth's primary scorer and Jupiter's primary concern, scored a quiet 14 points. Craig Dukes added 17, and Jerry Oliver had 13.
No. 2 Summit Christian 73, Lake Worth Christian 50: Shane Phillips scored 21 points and Kornel Tokoyli added 16 as the Saints (18-5) handled the Defenders (12-11) in Lake Worth. Jeantal Cylla had 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Defenders.
No. 3 Palm Beach Lakes 74, Dwyer 57: Quincy Ribeau scored 22 points as the Rams (17-3) beat the Panthers (7-14) in West Palm Beach. Kevin Huff scored 11 points for Dwyer.
No 8. Suncoast 63, Forest Hill 26: Santigie Fornah scored 15 points as the Chargers (19-4) routed the Falcons in West Palm Beach.
No. 10 Royal Palm Beach 69, Pahokee 46: Travis Weatherington scored 23 points and Ivenor Rosier added 10 points and seven assists as the Wildcats (16-5) stopped the Blue Devils in Royal Palm Beach.
Palm Beach Gardens 68, John I. Leonard 64: Robert Miller had 15 points and eight rebounds and Cade Artusi chipped in 11 points and four assists and the Gators (3-20) held off the Lancers in Greenacres. Remone Birch scored 19 points for Leonard.
Palm Beach Central 65, Olympic Heights 56: Jordan Corbin scored 19 points and Justin Goldman added 12, but the Lions (2-17) fell to the Broncos in Boca Raton.
Park Vista 52, Santaluces 42: Danny Wale had 12 points and three steals and Chauncey Mason added 11 points and three assists to lead the Cobras (15-9) to the rout of the Chiefs in Lantana.
King's Academy 61, John Carroll 52: Scott Perry scored 29 points to lead the Lions (11-13) over the Rams in Fort Pierce.
Spanish River 59, West Boca Raton 51: Jeffrey Demezier scored 22 points and Brandon Kenmerer added 13 as the Sharks defeated the Bulls (5-15) in Boca Raton. Kenny Chien scored 22 points for West Boca.
Village Academy 74, Boynton Beach 53: Wesley Micheal had 28 points and seven assists and TreQuan Smith added nine points and 10 rebounds as Village Academy (17-5) beat Boynton in Delray Beach. Donte Sylencieoux led Boynton with 15 points.
Inlet Grove 74, Berean Christian 71: Junior Bellegarde scored 35 points to help the Hurricanes hold off the Bulldogs (16-6) in West Palm Beach. Austin Skelton added 20 points for Berean.
Dreyfoos 37, FAU High 35: Kevin Levine hit two free throws as the Jaguars (13-2) edged the Owls in West Palm Beach.
Oxbridge Academy 72, Donna Klein Academy 58: Zach Shell scored 25 points and Jake Gephart added 17 as the Thunderwolves (12-8) defeated the Eagles in Boca Raton. Justin Hurwitz scored 24 points for Donna Klein.
Okeechobee 52, Jensen Beach 51 (OT): Roshelle Thomas hit the game-winning three-pointer with two seconds left as the Brahmans edged the Falcons in Okeechobee. Thomas scored a team-leading 14 points and Jean Alexis paced Jensen Beach with 19 points.