Thursday's boys basketball roundup
Thursday, February 16, 2012
by Steve Dorsey
Chris Hall kept his vow.
"I said I didn't want to leave high school without beating Dwyer," Hall said after leading John I. Leonard to a 67-58 win Thursday against defending state champion Dwyer in a Class 8A regional quarterfinal. "I've been waiting for this game since I got to high school."
Hall scored a game-high 22 points and sophomore forward Aaron Horne chipped in with 20 points to lift Leonard (18-6) to a regional playoff victory for the first time in nine years. Senior guard Trae Dixon contributed 11 points for the Lancers, who will host Spanish River on Tuesday in the regional semifinals.
Dwyer rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and trimmed Leonard's lead to two points with 6:05 remaining, but Dwyer (18-8) never gained the lead.
Horne sealed the victory with back-to-back layups with less than a minute left to extend the Lancers' lead to 65-58, and when the final second ticked off the clock, Leonard fans stormed the court.
Dwyer center Joel James was held scoreless in the first half by Leonard's swarming zone defense. James muscled his way inside for 17 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough.
"Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into the next round," Leonard coach Jim Howell said.
ORLANDO-COLONIAL 78, CENTENNIAL 52
The Eagles fell to the Grenadiers in Orlando.
ATLANTIC 71, ROYAL PALM BEACH 68
Thomas Owens scored 26 points and Todney Evans added 19 as the Eagles (18-6) edged the Wildcats in Delray Beach. Ivenor Rosier led Royal Palm Beach with 17 points. Atlantic will play host to Palm Beach Lakes in Tuesday's regional semifinals.
PALM BEACH LAKES 59, LAKE WORTH 54
Quinn Cole scored 17 points and Gito St. Fort added 15 to lead the Rams (17-6) past the Trojans in West Palm Beach. Victor Marshall led Lake Worth with 14 points.
PORT ST. LUCIE 60, BRADENTON-BRADEN RIVER 57 (OT)
Frank Martin had 24 points and four assists to help the Jaguars (14-11) edge the Pirates in overtime in Bradenton. Jon Williams added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Port St. Lucie, which will play at Martin County in Tuesday's regional semifinals.
MARTIN COUNTY 66, VENICE 42
Jermohn Queen and Justin Simmons each scored 21 points as the Tigers (24-3) handled the Indians in Stuart.
JENSEN BEACH 62, FORT LAUDERDALE-DILLARD 53
Alex Thompson scored 24 points and Sherrod Huntley added 17 as the Falcons (22-5) won in Jensen Beach. Jensen Beach will play host to Plantation-American Heritage in Tuesday's regional semifinals.
PLANTATION-AMERICAN HERITAGE 73, SUNCOAST 63
Jonathan Smith scored 20 points, but the Chargers (19-8) fell to the Patriots (23-5) in Plantation.
ST. ANDREW'S 56, FORT MYERS-DUNBAR 41
Sean Downes led the Scots with 12 points as they defeated the Tigers in Boca Raton. St. Andrew's will travel to face Fort Myers-Bishop Verot in Tuesday's regional semifinal.
FORT MYERS-BISHOP VEROT 72, GLADES CENTRAL 45
The Raiders were routed by the Vikings in Fort Myers.
WESTON-SAGEMONG 53, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 46
The defending Class 1A state champion Saints (23-3) couldn't hold on to a 14-point third-quarter lead and fell to the defending Class 2A state champion Lions (21-7) in West Palm Beach. Farad Cobb scored 11 points to lead the Saints. "Those were two really good teams out there, two championship teams," Summit coach Murray Smith said. "It's too bad one of them had to lose." Sagemont coach Adam Ross added: "It's not exactly how I scripted it, but I'm definitely excited we ended up on the right side of it."
BENJAMIN 47, NAPLES-SEACREST COUNTRY DAY 42
Austin Rosenthal scored 13 points to help the Buccaneers edge the Stingrays in North Palm Beach. Benjamin will travel to face Fort Myers-Evangelical Christian in Tuesday's regional semifinal.
FORT MYERS-EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN 50, PAHOKEE 32
The Blue Devils fell to the in Fort Myers.
CORAL SPRINGS CHRISTIAN 68, VILLAGE ACADEMY 61
TreQuan Smith had 21 points and eight rebounds, but the Tigers (18-9) fell to the Crusaders in Coral Springs.
GRANDVIEW PREP 87, VERO BEACH-MASTER'S ACADEMY 30
Ivan Canete had 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and Daniel Garga added 13 points, 11 rebounds and six steals as the Pride (20-4) routed the Patriots in Boca Raton. Eric Mance scored a game-high 22 for Grandview, which will host Lake Worth Christian in Tuesday's regional semifinals.
LAKE WORTH CHRISTIAN 61, COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 37
The Defenders raced past the Cougars in Stuart.