Step-back three-pointer off a spin dribble. Two-handed dunks after splitting double-teams.
Sagemont 6-6 star wing and Arizona State prize recruit Egor Koulechov unleashed the full repertoire in a scintillating 26-point performance that helped the Lions overwhelm Northeast 62-38 in the Kreul Classic Elite Challenge at Coral Springs City Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
“I just tried to make my shots and take what Northeast gave me,” Koulechov said. “My whole game has improved with all the work I did over the summer on my decision-making and taking the ball more to the hole. The most important thing is we got the ‘W.’”
Koulechov, who scored 20 first half point, provided the icing on the cake when he navigated past three defenders at the top of the key and elevated for a vicious two-handed dunk with 2:59 left in the game that pushed the lead to 60-36.
An active and intimidating Lions’ 2-3 zone, which had 6-5 Jordan Cooper and Koulechov manning the wings while 6-7 Andre Horne and 6-9 Vieux Kande cleaning up everything else stifled the Hurricanes’ perimeter game and helped the Lions take a commanding 18-5 first quarter lead.
Horne came alive for 12 points, Cooper added 10 points and Joe Kirby had eight points for the Lions (11-1), who should rise from No. 10 in the RMF Magazine South Florida rankings.
The Lions paid particular attention to Northeast sharp-shooting guard Hunter Osceola, who finished with 10 points, but only two in the first half.
“We’ve played very well with the 2-3 and it’s hard to get away from it,” Lions coach Adam Ross said. “It’s nice to know it’s in our bag of tricks. When we need to against the right team, we can get into it defensively. Northeast had a couple good kids who really shoot the ball and we needed to extend the zone and take it away.”
Northeast 6-10 center Malik Price-Martin, who added 11 points, gave the Hurricanes a brief 3-0 lead on a three-pointer before the Lions answered with a 18-2 blitz, keyed by a 12-foot jumper by Horne, a layup by Koulechov and then a steal by Koulechov which he followed with a two-handed dunk with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.
• Sagemont 62, Northeast 38 – NE (6-3): Mendez 4, Price-Martin 11, King 2, Osceola 11, Langham 6, Simonson 2, Sanchious 3. Sag (11-1): Koulechov 26, Horne 6, Cooper 10, Kirby 8, Kande 6. Halftime: Sag 36-15. Three-pointers: Price-Martin 1, Osceola 2, Cooper 1, Koulechov 2. Rebounds: Koulechov 7. Assists: Jurko 6. Steals: Kande 3.
Sagemont’s girls’ cross-country team and University School’s girls’ swimming team were among the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Fall Sports Academic Team champions announced this week.
Sagemont’s girls had a cumulative team grade point average of 4.0 to lead Class 1A in that category. University’s swimmers had a 3.769 to lead Class 1A girls.
Boosted by its recent state football championship, St. Thomas Aquinas leads the Class 7A standings for the FHSAA’s Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Award through the fall sports. American Heritage leads the Class 5A after a strong fall that included a boys’ golf state championship.
Archbishop McCarthy’s girls’ soccer team will hold its third annual Kick Sarcoma game Thursday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Coral Springs Charter at the Archbishop McCarthy. The team will be raising money for the Sarcoma Foundation in honor and memory of Debbie Williams, the mother of former Mavericks player Britney Williams. There will be a bake sale, raffle, and bracelets will be sold for $3.
After winning the Class 1A state title, the American Heritage boys’ golf team continues to shine — only now on the international stage.
Three Patriot golfers — Kristian Caparros, Robert Geibel and Jorge Garcia — made the second-round cut at the South Beach International Amateur Wednesday afternoon.
Caparros led the three with a 2-under-par 68 Wednesday and is at 2-under139 through two rounds. Geibel, a senior Louisville recruit, and sophomore Jorge Garcia shot even par 141. Caparros is seven strokes behind the leader of the 198-player field, which includes 70 golfers from 24 countries.
All three played at Miami Beach Golf Club Tuesday before clinching their spots among the 75 golfers to make the cut at Normandy Shores Wednesday. Another round at Miami Beach Golf Club will be played on Thursday and Friday before a winner is crowned.
MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL
• Kruel Classic – Lexington Catholic 64, North Broward Prep 57 – NBP: Harris 14, Arnette 18, Dombro 2, Reyes 8, Rifkind 15. LC: Avare 14, Talbott 2, Griffin 7, Frailex 1, Johnson 13, Ryan 10, Whitman 13, Bahahan 4. Three-pointers: Rifkind 3, Avare 2, Griffin 2, Johnson.
• Kruel Classic – Coral Springs Christian 55, Taravella 39 – CSChr: Spencer 3, Prophete 1, Bell 15, Pierre-Louis 3, Zanna 25, Shirajee 2, Barnes 4, Newman 2. Tar: Schwartz 8, Angelo 15, Reid 6, Walton 4, Bush 2, McCoy 4. Three-pointers: Schwartz 2, Angelo 3, Reid 2, Spencer, Bell 4.
• Douglas 3, Taravella 2: Ashley Gordon (T) and Mackenzie had one goal each for Taravella. For Dou: Bailey Leal, Monica Rojas, Gillian Morrison had one goal each. DOU 17-0, Tar 10-3-4.
• Monarch 1, Coral Glades 1: For MON: Gian Scalise goal. Ezio Carbone assist. For CG: Oscar Dominguez goal, Carlos Rios assist. Mon 10-1-4.
• American 4, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: David Chui-Jung 2 goals. Diego Arcon 1 goal, 2 assist. Danny Zuluaga’s 10th shutout. AMER 12-0-4.
• Hillel 8, Dade Christian 0: Julian Ribak had 3 goals. Daniel Furmanski goal. HIL 10-1.
Kruel Classic – American Heritage (Plantation, FL) vs. The Rock, 3:45; Coral Springs (FL) vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 3:45
High Point Christian vs. University, 5:15
Miramar (FL) vs. National Christian (Ft. Washington, MD), 5:30
Hialeah Gardens vs. Lexington Catholic (Lexington, KY), 7; South Broward vs. Pine Crest, 7
Dillard vs. Archbishop Carroll, 8:30 Campbell (Smyrna, GA) vs. Pines Charter, 8:30
Douglas vs. Coconut Creek (C. Creek), 7:30
Coral Glades vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7:30
Everglades vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7:30
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Chaminade-Madonna (CHAM), 4
Fort Lauderdale vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 5
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Cooper City (Home), 7
Coral Springs vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7
Piper vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 7
Taravella vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 7
Boyd Anderson vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7
Flanagan vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7
Plantation vs. Plantation (Plantation), 7
Key West vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 7
Nova vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Western (Western), 7
Nova vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3
Piper vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3
West Broward vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3
Hallandale vs. Cooper City (Cooper City), 6
Plantation vs. Monarch (Monarch), 6
Flanagan vs. West Broward (West Broward), 6
Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Cooper City (Cooper City), 5
Coral Springs vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 5
Piper vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 5
Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale), 4
Taravella vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 5
South Broward vs. Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Hills), 4
Boyd Anderson vs. McArthur (McArthur), 5
Flanagan vs. Miramar (Miramar), 5
Plantation vs. Plantation (Plantation), 5
Key West vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 7
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Western (Western), 5
Calvary Christian vs. North Broward Prep (North Broward Prep), 6
Coral Springs Charter vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 6
American Heritage vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 7
Cooper City vs. Coral Park (CP), 3
Cypress Bay vs. Coral Park (CP), 3
Douglas vs. Coral Glades, 3
Everglades vs. Coral Glades, 3
Deerfield Beach vs. Boca Raton (Boca Raton), 3
South Broward vs. South Dade (SD), 3
Hollywood Hills vs. Stranahan (STR), 3
Hallandale vs. Stranahan (STR), 3
Fort Lauderdale vs. Stranahan (STR), 3
Blanche Ely vs. Stranahan (STR), 3
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Stranahan (STR), 3:30
North Broward Prep vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 6