Ely boys hold off Dillard in front of packed house 65-54

 

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Upset-minded Dillard gave reigning Class 7A state boys’ basketball champion Blanche Ely all it could handle before the Tigers’ star-studded guard lineup of Richard Lee III, Lance Tejada, Dallas Cameron and Darion Allen took over Saturday night.

Before a standing-room only crowd at Blanche Ely, Allen scored 11 second-quarter points, including an emphatic two-handed dunk to close the first half that helped the Tigers (1-0) pull away for a 65-54 victory.

Lee, sporting lime green Nike sneakers, connected on four three-pointers and finished with 14 points, and fellow transfer Tejada helped put the Panthers away with an assortment of tough drives and finished with a game-high 16 points.

Dillard forged a 17-17 tie with Ely going into the second quarter before Allen swung the momentum in the Tigers’ favor for good by splitting two defenders and elevating for a dunk with 13 seconds left that pushed Ely to a 38-33 halftime lead.

Romello Walker and Cedric Wright each led the Panthers (1-1) with 10 points. Jovion Heastie added nine points, and Tyson Grace had seven points.

Ely went on a 12-2 run at the start of the third quarter to salt things away. Tejada made a driving layup, 6-8 forward Khalil Thomas added a tip in and Allen had a steal and lay-in to put the Tigers up 44-35 with 7:03 left.

Lee connected on a three-pointer from the wing, and Tejada worked his way through traffic for another lay-in to keep Dillard at bay 49-39 with 4:20 left in the third quarter.

• Blanche Ely 65, Dillard 54 – DIL (1-1): R. Walker 10, C. Wright 10, T. Smith 3, Grace 7, Kennedy 2, Murphy 4, Osson 5, Heastie 9. ELY (1-0): Lee 14, Gossier 4, Tejada 16, D. Allen 13, Cameron 12, Thomas 6. Halftime: ELY 38-33. Three-pointers: Heastie, Grace, Walker 2, D. Allen, Lee 4.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• Sagemont 71, Calvary Christian 11 – SAGE (1-0): Horne 3, Cooper 10, Koulechov 3, Kande 6, Kirby 13, DeLucia 3, Jurko 2, Serpa 4, Marshall 6, Delaruelle 15, Raden 2, Noel 4, McCray 2. CCA (0-1): Rogelio 6, Ross 4, Nowland 1. rebounds: Delaruelle, Cooper. Steals: Jurko 5. Assists: DeLucia 5.

STATE FOOTBALL SCORES

Class 8A Regional Semifinals

Apopka 56, Timber Creek 14

Columbus 42, Coral Gables 7

Cypress Bay 34, Miramar 14

Dr. Phillips 24, Plant 7

East Lake 29, Vero Beach 7

Fletcher 28, Sanford Seminole 6

Seminole Ridge 31, Palm Beach Central 7

Class 7A Regional Semifinals

Boyd Anderson 6, Dwyer 3

Fort Pierce Central 40, Martin County 14

Kissimmee Osceola 29, Ridge Community 28

Lincoln 34, Buchholz 21

Manatee 56, Venice 7

Newsome 21, Durant 14

Oviedo 20, Evans 19, OT

St. Thomas Aquinas 38, Plantation 7

Class 6A Regional Semifinals

Armwood 9, Hillsborough 7

Columbia 34, St. Augustine 8

Gainesville 21, Ocala Vanguard 10

Mainland 34, Winter Haven 33

Central 34, Northwestern 7

Naples 42, South Fort Myers 21

Navarre 20, Milton 12

Palm Bay 21, Heritage 14

Class 5A Regional Semifinals

Bishop Kenny 44, Baker County 23

Glades Central 26, Merritt Island 10

Godby 14, Wakulla 7

Immokalee 30, East Lee County 12

Lake Wales 17, Palmetto 14

Jackson 30, Norland 21

Pasco 52, Eastside 0

Robinson 22, Lakewood 19

Class 4A Regional Finals

Bolles 31, South Sumter 24

Cocoa 35, Jones 7

Booker T. 57, Gulliver 0

Yulee 16, East Gadsden 13

Class 3A Regional Finals

Clearwater Cen. Cath. 10, Tampa Cath. 7

University 34, Del. Amer. Hrtg. 17

Madison County 17, Pensacola Cath. 14, OT

First Academy 27, Ocala Trinity Cath. 17

Class 2A Regional Finals

Dade Christian 20, Glades Day 14

First Baptist 56, Carrollwood Day 28

Univ. Christian 44, N. Fla. Christian 31

Warner Christian 48, Lake Mary Prep 7

Class 1A Regional Finals

Liberty County 14, Blountstown 7

Newberry 18, Union County 13

Northview 35, Freeport 28, OT

Trenton 42, Lafayette 26

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

South Broward at Cardinal Gibbons, 7:30

Western at Coconut Creek, 7:30

Piper at Stranahan, 7:30

Posnack at Hillel, 7

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Taravella at Coral Springs, 6

Everglades at Hallandale, 6

Miramar at Hollywood Hills, 6

Pompano Beach at Monarch, 6

BOYS’ SOCCER

Coral Springs at Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Coral Glades at Coconut Creek, 7

Nova at Cooper City, 7

Monarch at Coral Springs, 5

Pines Charter at Douglas, 5

Deerfield Beach at Fort Lauderdale, 4

Archbishop McCarthy at Hallandale, 5

Plantation at Pompano Beach, 7

Taravella at West Broward, 4

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Coral Glades at Coconut Creek, 5

Nova at Cooper City, 5

Deerfield Beach at Fort Lauderdale, 4

Coral Springs at Monarch, 4

Douglas at Pines Charter, 4

Plantation at Pompano Beach, 5

West Broward at Taravella, 4

North Broward Prep at Pope John Paul II, 6

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Boyd Anderson at Coconut Creek, 7:30

South Plantation at Flanagan, 7:30

Hollywood Hills at Fort Lauderdale, 7:30

Plantation at McArthur, 7:30

Stranahan at Miramar, 7:30

Cypress Bay at Northeast, 7:30

South Broward at Nova, 7:30

Pines Charter at Archbishop McCarthy, 7:30

Mourning at Pompano Beach, 7:30

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

St. Thomas Aquinas at Cooper City, 6

Coral Glades at Douglas, 6

Dillard at Hallandale, 6

Deerfield Beach at Piper, 6

Pines Charter at Archbishop McCarthy, 6

Calvary Christian at Miami Country Day, 7

American Heritage at Monsignor Pace, 7

BOYS’ SOCCER

Hollywood Hills at Coconut Creek, 5

Cypress Bay at Cooper City, 7

West Broward at Flanagan, 5

Hallandale at Mourning, 7

Blanche Ely at McArthur, 7

Everglades at Miramar, 7

Stranahan at Pompano Beach, 7

Piper at St. Thomas Aquinas, 8

Northeast at South Plantation, 7

Nova at Western, 5

Chaminade at Monsignor Pace, 5

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Coral Springs at Cardinal Gibbons, 5

Cypress Bay at Cooper City, 5

Hallandale at Mourning, 5

Coconut Creek at Hollywood Hills, 4

Blanche Ely at McArthur, 5

Everglades at Miramar, 5

Piper at St. Thomas Aquinas, 6

Boyd Anderson at South Broward, 5

Pompano Beach at Stranahan, 4

Flanagan at West Broward, 4

Nova at Western, 5

Mater Lakes at Archbishop McCarthy, 4

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