Wright scores 24 to help Dillard rally past American Heritage

Sophomore 6-5 forward Cedric Wright came alive for a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds and Arthur Kennedy provided a spark off the bench with 10 points to give Dillard a 76-75 home victory over American Heritage on Saturday night.

Tyson Grace had 17 points and Romello Walker added nine points for the Panthers (7-2), who are No. 5 in the Source Hoops Class 5A poll.

“For us this game was about character building to see we can play with these guys,” said Dillard five-time state champion coach Darryl Burrows. ”We are just trying to build on that a little bit. “

Dillard trailed 47-39 at halftime before Kennedy led a 12-2 run that tied the game 56-56 with 1:12 left in the third quarter. Kennedy converted a three-point play, had a layup and then hit a 12-footer to tie the score 56-56.

Keyshawn Evans paced the No. 2 Patriots with a game-high 18 points but he left the game for good with a leg injury attempting a desperation three-pointer as the third quarter ended.

Patriots 6-5 star forward Kobe Eubanks capped a disappointing six-point performance when he missed two free throws with 7.4 seconds left with Dillard holding a tenuous 76-75 lead.

Eubanks had a chance to redeem himself after grabbing a rebounding and going coast-to-coast in the closing seconds but was called for an offensive foul as the final buzzer sounded.

Dillard 76, American Heritage 75 - AH (7-2): Justin Massey 14, Borders 8, Evans 18, Eubanks 6, Lamont 13, Jason Massey 14, McCormick 2. DIL (7-2): Wright 24, Walker 9, Pendergraph 7, Grace 17, Kennedy 10, T. Smith 7. Van Cooten 2. Half: AH 43-37. Rebounds: Wright 13.

•  Sagemont 96, Tampa Catholic 77: With Egor Koulechov scoring 33 points and snagging 12 rebounds, the Sagemont boys’ basketball team, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, took down visiting Tampa Catholic in the Hoop Exchange Southern Series.

The Lions went on a 13-0 run to end the third quarter and outscored Tampa Catholic by 16 in the period to give the Lions a 17-point lead heading into the fourth..

“We made some adjustments at halftime — just transition defense, making sure we stop them from getting the ball up the floor quickly, getting ready for their offense,” Sagemont coach Adam Ross said.

Joe Kirby followed up Koulechov’s performance by hitting four three-pointers to score 23 points. His five assists tied the team high.

Tampa Catholic stuck with Sagemont (12-1) for the entire first half, running in transition, even on made Sagemont field goals, and hitting contested three-pointers.

As a team, Tampa Catholic connected on 12 three-pointers.


Sagemont 96, Tampa Catholic 77 – SAGE (12-1): Koulechov 33, Kirby 23, Horne 17, DeLucia 6, Kande 6, Cooper 10, Jurko 1. TC: Harris 15, Molina 14, Corbett 18, Burkes 6, Thomas 12, Dziagwa 9, Farotto 2. Halftime: SAGE 46-45. Three-pointers: Koulechov 2, Kirby 4, DeLucia 2, Molina, Corbett 4, Dziagwa 3, Harris 3, Burkes. Rebounds: Koulechov 12. Assists: Kirby, DeLucia, Molina, Thomas 5. Steals: Corbett 3. Blocks: Koulechov, Jurko, Horne. Technical: Corbett.

•  Blanche Ely 67, Cardinal Gibbons 29: Blanche Ely gave Cardinal Gibbons its first loss of the season in the Hoops Exchange tourney.

Ely (7-0) went on a first-half 19-0 run that turned what was a 7-5 game to a 26-5 mauling. The Tigers never looked back.

They were led by Khalil Thomas’ 17 points and eight rebounds. The 6-7 senior forward also impacted the game defensively with three steals and three blocks.

Ely made Cardinal Gibbons (9-1) uncomfortable from the opening tip, pressuring the Chief guards into turnovers.

“That’s our specialty — to apply that hard pressure defense and to get them into playing our game and turning the ball over,” Ely coach Melvin Randall said.

The entire second half Saturday was played with a running clock.


Blanche Ely 67, Cardinal Gibbons 29 – ELY (7-0): Cameron 11, Thomas 17, Tejada Jr. 13, Labadi 3, Lee III 13, Gosier 4, Allen 6. CG (9-1): Goosby 4, Brooks 5, Duvier 2, Simmons 11, Andino 2, Morales 3, McIntosh 2. Halftime: ELY 51-21. Three-pointers: Cameron 3, Tejada Jr., Lee III 3, Labadi, Allen, Simmons 3. Rebounds: Thomas 8. Assists: Tejada Jr. 6. Steals: Allen, Thomas 3. Blocks: Thomas 3. Technical: Brooks (CG). Intentional: Lee III.

•  Late Friday—Sagemont 60, Deerfield Beach 50: Egor Koulechov, a 6-6 Arizona State commitment, scored a game-high 24 points to lead host Sagemont to an upset of Deerfield Beach in the Hoop Exchange tournament.

Sagemont limited the Bucks (11-1) to four three-pointers as fifth-year Lions’ coach Adam Ross celebrated his 100th win.

Koulechov lived up to his game-closer reputation by scoring 10 of the Lions’ last 14 points to help Sagemont bounce back from a loss to South Miami in the A-Rod Classic championship game last Saturday.

Jordan Cooper added 12 points and Joe Kirby had 13 points for the Lions.

“Koulechov is a good ball player,” said Bucks coach Kenny Brown. “We kind of lost him a couple times in transition.

“We tried to eliminate all easy baskets and contest all shots and make it tough for him. We got a couple teaching points for this game. I will definitely reference them moving ahead.”


DB (11-1): Carpenter 9, J. Williams 2, Jenkins 11, Owens 7, T. Johnson 13, Huntley 8. Sag (7-1): Koulechov 24, Cooper 12, Horne 4, DeLucia 5, Kirby 13, Kande 2. Half: DB 22-21. Three-pointers: T. Johnson 2, Carpenter 1, Owens 1, Koulechov 1, Kirby 2, Cooper 1. Rebounds: Koulechov 7. Assists: Kirby, DeLucia 5.

Palm Beach Lakes 70, Chaminade 38 – PBL: Rideau 7, Cole 6, Knight 1, Gates 8, St. Fort 20, Coleman 6, Rameau 2, Pierre 8, Williams 12. CHA: Dumornay 10, Robinson 9, Toombs 10, Brown 9. Three-pointers: Robinson 3, Rideau, Cole, Gates, St. Fort, Pierre 2, Williams.


Late Friday — Calvary Christian 40, Village Academy (Delray) 16 - CC (4-6): Isaac 5, Spring 10, Kreisel 1, Nazario 11, Ridenour 11, Pellingra 2. VA (4-7): Jackson 4, Bush 3, Dorset 3, Simmons 4, Patterson 2. Halftime: CC 16-7


Late Friday — American Heritage 6, Pompano Beach 0: Donald Thompson goal, 4 assists. AMH 10-3-1


North Broward 2, Berkeley Prep (Tampa) 1: Jenna Shortridge 2 goals, Emma Dineen assist, Christine Creighton assist. NB 11-4-1

LaSalle 0, Gulliver 0: Sophia Trujillo shutout, Therese Vidal shutout.

Melbourne 1, Cardinal Gibbons 0: MEL 14-0-1

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