Booed soundly in pre-game introductions upon his first visit to Northeast after transferring to rival Blanche Ely, Richard Lee sank a signature three-pointer from the left wing and then held his right arm extended for effect.
Lee’s shot with 3:33 left in the fourth quarter was part of a pivotal 10-0 run that helped Blanche Ely — 6-0, the reigning Class 7A state champions — storm back in the fourth quarter to defeat host Northeast 66-59 in front of a standing-room-only crowd on Tuesday night.
An already intense rivalry between Ely, No. 1 in the RMF Magazine South Florida rankings and No. 6 Northeast (5-1) went up a few more notches when Lee, a three-point shooting ace seen a cornerstone player for the Hurricanes, transferred to Blanche Ely.
Lee’s move north stung Northeast fans, who voiced their displeasure toward Lee at every opportunity.
“This was very emotional,” Lee said. “I was playing in a tough atmosphere in front of my old fans and team. I just had to stay focused. I had to pick it up with that shot because I was playing bad in the first half. I expected the boos, but my teammates played hard and stood behind me.”
The Hurricanes (5-1) wasted a sensational night from Hunter Osceola, who finished with a game-high 22 points, including three three-pointers, and 6-8 forward Malik Price-Martin, who had 17 points.
Lee’s solid but unspectacular 10 points were offset by Lance Tejada III, a fellow transfer who swung the momentum of the game in the Tigers’ favor for good with 18 points and four steals.
Kahlil Thomas added 14 points for the Tigers.
Northeast built a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished its lead until full-court pressure applied by Ely defensive stalwart Dallas Cameron started to take its toll on the Hurricanes.
Tejada sparked the push with a steal and finished a three-point play to push the Tigers ahead 55-54 with 5:35 left.
Tejada then dove for a steal at half court that led to a left-handed layup by Lee on the other end, and Thomas converted a feed from Darion Allen for a 59-54 lead. Lee then found all net for his only three-pointer of the game, and the Tigers, ranked No. 21 in the nation by Maxpreps, breathed a sigh of relief in a game that had a playoff-type atmosphere.
“I just went with the game and trusted my instincts,” Tejada said. “Northeast was hitting a lot of big shots, and we weren’t closing out on them. We had to pick up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter. Once we went on a run, I knew we had it in the bag. We just want to get Ws. We don’t get into all that fan talk.”
• Blanche Ely 66, Northeast 59 – BE (6-0): Lee 10, Cameron 4, Tejada 18, Allen 13, Thomas 14, Gossier 6. NE (5-1): Osceola 22, Price-Martin 17, Mendez 8, Simonson 10, Wilsher 2. Half: NE 35-30. Three-pointers: Lee 1, Tejada 1, Osceola 3, Mendez 1, Simonson 3. Rebounds: Thomas 10. Assists: Cameron 7. Steals: Tejada 4.
Cardinal Gibbons 2, University School 0: Cosette Motta 1 goal. Abby Perry 1 goal. Tricia Solenski 5 saves, fifth shutout. CG 8-1-2, US 5-7-5.
• Late Monday – American Heritage 1, West Boca 0: Emily Ybarra goal. Morgan Rivera shutout. AH 10-1.
• Late Friday – La Salle 2, Archbishop McCarthy 1: Nicole Baldassini goal and assist, Daniel Peña goal, Sol Baldassini assist, Maria Cuesta outstanding GK performance. IL 9-0-2
• Monarch 3, Coral Springs 0: Eddie Almeida, Gian Scalise and Alejandro Bermudez had one goal each. Erik Dundov 2 assists. Rafael DeJesus 4 saves, fifth shutout. Mon 8-1-2.
• Pine Crest 2 Coral Springs Charter 0: Jack Marchetto goal, assist. Mark Simpson goal, assist. Steven Goldberg Shutout.
• Late Monday – American Heritage 8, Boca Raton 0: Jamar Champion-Hinds 3 goals, 1 assist.
Late Monday – Colonial Christian 2, Archimedean Academy 2: Chris Jaramillo 2 goals. Ryan Fleischfresser 8 saves. Col 2-3-1.
• Miramar 79, West Broward 75 (OT) – MIR (6-2): Morency 18, Forbes 10, Guerrier 9, Lee 2, Lewis 31, Ja.Hill 6, Kingston 3. Halftime: WB 36-34. Rebounds: Lewis 8, Ja.Hill 8. Assists: Morency 8. Steals: Lewis 4.
• Barrington Christian 63, International School 26 – BC: Coleman 13, Marshall 4, Bonnett 3, Burreito 2. IS: Kabmi 19, Pebz 11, Simon 9.
• Pace 76, Sheridan Hills 44 – PAC (3-5): Thomas 8, Irv Norvius 3, Justinien 6, Fisher 19, Waite 7, Logan 2, Wilson 7, Jean 2, Ogugua 5, Duarte 16, Jean 3. Rebounds: Thomas 12. Assists: Justinien 6. Steals: Fisher 8.
• Flanagan 94 Western 24 – Flan (7-1): S. Oramas 23, J. Oramas 11, Albano 11, Breedlove 7, Cortes 9, Morency 16, Cogdell 2, Hamilton 8, Harrigan 7. WES: Franco 11, Melman, Pakray 3, Walters 9. Halftime: Flan 45-10.
• Sagemont 59, Highlands Christian 25 – SAG (5-2): Cole 14, Black 10, Rucker 9, Smith 3, Pierre 10, Griffin 2, Correa 6, Marshall 5. HC: Everette 5, Domino 3, Burrell 2, Teason 15. Halftime: SAG 34-16. Rebounds: Griffin 6, Smith 6. Assists: Correa 4. Steals: Cole 5, Marshall 5.
• Florida Christian 43, Sheridan Hills Christian 41 – FC (11-2): Jimenez 20, Martinez 5, Prinz 8, K. Jim 6, Renouf 4. SH: Patillo 11, McCluskey 23, Hyde 2, Stout 3, Fleurestil 1. Halftime: FC 23-22. Three-pointers: McCluskey 4, Jimenez 1. Rebounds: Jim 15. Assists: Jimenez 5. Steals: Jimenez 10.
Plantation vs. Cooper City (Home), 7:30
South Broward vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7:30
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Archbishop McCarthy ( McCarthy), 7
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Nova (Home), 6
South Plantation, McArthur, Dillard vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 3
Northeast, Calvary Christian vs. Monarch (Monarch), 3
West Broward, Stranahan vs. Plantation (Plantation), 3
Coral Springs, Coral Glades, Coconut Creek vs. Taravella (Taravella), 3
South Broward vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 7
Coconut Creek vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7
Western vs. Northeast (Home), 7
Mourning vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 7
Nova vs. Plantation (Plantation), 7
Piper vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7
South Broward vs. Blanche Ely (Ely), 5
Boyd Anderson vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale), 4
Coconut Creek vs. McArthur (McArthur), 5
Western vs. Northeast (Northeast), 5
Mourning vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 5
Nova vs. Plantation (Plantation), 5
Piper vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 5
Coral Springs Charter vs. North Broward Prep (North Broward Prep), 5
American Heritage vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 6
BCAA All-Star game at Nova: 7
Piper vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 7:30
Everglades vs. Flanagan (Home), 7:30
Everglades vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 7:30
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Hollywood Hills (HH), 7:30
Blanche Ely vs. Monarch (Monarch), 7:30
Dillard vs. Northeast (NE), 7:30
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Stranahan (STR), 7:30
Westminster Academy vs. Dade Christian (DC), 7
Coconut Creek vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 6
Taravella vs. Coral Glades, 6
South Plantation vs. Douglas (Home), 6
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 6
Westminster Academy vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 5:30
Key West vs. Archbishop McCarthy (MCART), 6
Taravella vs. Coral Springs (Home), 5
Cooper City vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7
Coral Glades vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 7
Monarch vs. Douglas (Home), 5
Miramar vs. Everglades (Everglades), 7
Pompano Beach vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 4
Flanagan vs. West Broward (West Broward), 4
Sagemont vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 4
Cooper City vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 5
Coral Glades vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 5
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Dillard (Dillard), 5
Miramar vs. Everglades (Everglades), 5
West Broward vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 5
Douglas vs. Monarch (Monarch), 4
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 7
Coral Springs vs. Taravella (Taravella), 4
Everglades vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 7:30
Coral Springs vs. Coral Glades , 7:30
Miramar vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7:30
South Plantation at Plantation, 7:30
Cooper City vs. Pompano Beach (Home), 7:30
Hallandale vs. South Broward (South Broward), 7:30
Western at West Broward, 7:30
University School vs. Archb. Curley, 4
Everglades at Cardinal Gibbons, 6
South Plantation at Plantation, 6
Hallandale vs. South Broward (South Broward), 6
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Palmetto Ridge (Palmetto Ridge), 3
Flanagan, Cypress Bay, vs. South Miami (SM), 3
Western, St. Thomas Aquinas at South Dade, 3
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Nova (NOVA), 4
University School vs. Doral Academy (DA), 6
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Somerset Academy (Somerset Academy), 3:30
Boyd Anderson at Coconut Creek, 7
Hollywood Hills vs. Fort Lauderdale, 4
Taravella vs. Monarch (Monarch), 4
Nova vs. Piper (Home), 7
Plantation vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Thomas Aquinas), 8
McArthur at South Broward, 7
South Plantation vs. Western (Western), 7
Monarch vs. Blanche Ely (Ely), 5
Somerset Academy vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 4
Boyd Anderson vs. Coconut Creek (Coconut Creek), 5
Fort Lauderdale vs. Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Hills), 4