Western boys weather Cypress Bay rally in basketball


Special to The Miami Herald

Only one point separated the District 12-8A front-runners when the teams met six weeks ago, with Western edging Cypress Bay by a point after almost blowing a 10-point halftime lead.

Western, playing in front of a tense, packed crowd in its gym, once again built a big halftime lead of 11 points, eventually leading by as many as 16 midway through the third quarter.

But the Wildcats were left hanging on for dear life late in the game, weathering a huge Cypress Bay rally for a 50-46 victory in a thriller Tuesday night.

Western improved to 14-5 and 7-3 in district play. The Lightning dropped to 13-4 and 6-3.

“I think the key for us was preparation,” Western coach Steve Todd said. “We try to prepare for situations like this, when we got in a slump. We made the play when we had to, but the turnovers [23 to Cypress Bay’s 13] were horrible. But you overcome that with selective shooting and rebounding [Western outrebounded Cypress Bay 28-19].”

The Wildcats seemed comfortable at 42-26 with 2:37 left in the third quarter following at three-point basket byMark James.

James, who finished with 11 points, needed to convert two clutch free throws with 5.3 seconds after the Wildcats were staggered by a 14-2 Lightning spurt that pulled the visitors to within two, 48-46, with 1:46 left.

The Wildcats started pulling away late in the first half, leading by as many as 11 for their 34-23 halftime lead. Austin Katz scored half the team’s first-half points with 17, including 12 in the first quarter. The 6-5 guard finished with a game-high 23 points, along with 10 rebounds.

Cypress Bay’s Ross Udine led the Lightning with 18 points, including a three-pointer in the final minutes to pull his team to within two at 47-45 with two minutes remaining.

• CB (13-4): Udine 18, Baach 7, Antoine 7, Medina 6, Michel 2, Barnes 2, Joson 2, Wingard 1, Jurko 1. WEST (14-5): Katz 23, James 11, Artaza 9, Hessney 5, Delucca 1, Royes 1. Halftime: WEST 34-23. Three-pointers: Udine 3, Artaza 3, Pollack. Rebounds: Katz 10. Steals: James 4


• Dillard 66, Coconut Creek 39 - DIL: Clayton 7, Johnson 2, Green 10, Adams 11, Parson 6, Burns 6, Wright 21, Anderson 3. CC: Richardson 12, Patterson 1, Josey 3, Mardis 4, A. Thompson 12, J. Gomes 2, Watson 2, Thompson 3. Halftime: DIL 35-23. Three-pointers: Clayton, josey, A. Thompson. Rebounds: Adams 11. Assists: Parson 7. Steals: Adams 6

• Blanche Ely 76, Northeast 30 – ELY: Gosier 6, Thomas 16, Tejada 4, Labadi 2, Cameron 13, Allen 12, Lee 20, Jackson 3. NE: Alerte 3, Wilshire 5, Longham 6, Simonson 2, Osceola 3, Martin 9, King 3. Halftime: ELY 48-21. Three-pointers: Lee 2, Cameron, Osceola. Rebounds: Thomas 15. Assists: Cameron 10. Steals: Tejada 3, Cameron 3, Lee 3.

•  TERRA 73, Hialeah Educational Academy 29 - TER (11-10): Morales 3, Fernandez 10, Munoz 7, Grant 2, Novo 5, Guttierez 6, Melamud 5, Mayor 3, Escuti-Tremblay 2, Guzman 8, Schau 11, Parra 4. HEA: Robert 19, Juliom 5, Michaels 2, Jean 3

•  Palmer Trinity 46, Archimedean Conservatory 15 - PT (6-11): DaGrosa 10, Bonet 8, Marley-Minto 7, Chumbley 5, Becker 4, Dorsy 4, Portrondo 4, Pico 2, Bakes 2. AC (2-15): Margetis 11, Bennett 2, Gantzios 2. Halftime: PT 29-9. Three-pointers: DaGrosa 2, Chumbley, Marley-Minto. Rebounds: Becker 5. Steals: DaGrosa 3. Assists: DaGrosa 5. Blocks: Marley-Minto 2

•  Miami Country Day 63, Coral Shores 50 - MCDS (15-5): Clements 5, Cordero 2, Parizo 14, Woodside 4, Alvarez 8, Zimmer 14, Gomez 4, Kydd 12. CS: Scott 3, Cabral 11, Taylor 8, Anderson 7, Cavannah 8, Ismer 13. Halftime: MCD 29-23. Three-pointers: Clements, Parizo 2, Alvarez, Zimmer, Cabral 3. Rebounds: Zimmer 12 Assists: Woodside 6

•  Archbishop Curley 66, Doctors Charter 43 – AC: Lemenier 1, Cheron 29, Ermitus 5, Maurice 1, Dorvil 2, Brown 16, Aristied 3, Fritz 3, Llerendi 2, Esquillian 5. DC: Aaron 2, Tayron 3, Cameron 9, Jefferey 9, Abigale 4, Derryl 2, Myers 6, Berrie 6, Stues 2. Halftime: AC 33-25. Three-pointers: Cheron, Aistied, Fritz, Esquillian, Cameron, Jefferey. Rebounds: Brown 14. Assists: Esquillian 4. Steals: Lemonier 3, Ermitus 3.


•  Calvary Christian 64, Trinity Christian 46 - CC (13-9): Isaac 13, Spring 25, Nevils 4, Brownell 2, Nazario 10, Ridenour 10. TC: Thomas 22, McCray 22, Williams 2. Halftime: CC 36-22. Rebounds: Nevils 17. Assists: Spring 5, Isaac 5

•  Cardinal Gibbons 60, Taravella 32 - CG (13-6): Williams 18, Cohen 14, Lanzon 11, Jones 7, Blanshine 4, Pollock 3, Slingsby 2. TAR (10-9): Kamilka 10, Martinez 7, Triplett 7, Thoman 4, Gadson 2, Longman 1, Lynch 1. Halftime: CG 37-9. Rebounds: Cohen 11, Pollock 8, Williams 8, Blanshine 8. Assists: Williams 6. Steals: Williams 7, Lanzon 5, Ozaltin 3.

•  Miami Country Day 53, Sagemont 18 – MCD: Mackenzie 4, Lewis 12, Minott 20, Kotalik 4, Blot 9, Swaby 4. SAG: Cole 1, Black 8, Griffin 4, Correa 2, Marshall 3. Halftime: MCD 31-6. Three-pointers: Black, Marshall, Lewis 2, Minott, Blot. Rebounds: Griffin 6. Assists: Pierre 3. Steals: Black 2, Correa 2.

•  La Salle 64, Westwood Christian 25 - LAS (15-8): Moye 11, Lopez 18, Alfaro 7, Montoto 4, Tilman 10, De La Madriz 4, Cruz 4, and Perez 4. WWC: Ridenour 3, N. Rodriguez 3, Jenkins 15, Miranda 3. Halftime: LAS 28-12. Three-pointers: Lopez 6, N. Rodriguez, Jenkins, Miranda. Rebounds: Moye 11. Assists: Tilman 10. Steals: Tilman 6. Blocks: Moye 2.


•  District 14-2A quarterfinal — University School 4, Somerset 2: Gaston Becheran 2 goals, assist. Zach Miot goal. Cory Roberts goal, assist

•  District 13-2A quarterfinal — Pine Crest 8, Coral Springs Charter 0: Jack Marchetto 3 goals. Mark Simpson 2 goals. Alex Britton 2 goals. Steven Goldberg shutout. PC 20-4-1

•  District 11-5A quarterfinal — Monarch 1, Coral Glades 0: Greg Otero goal. Arthur Cardoso assist. Rafael DeJesus 4 saves, 11th shutout

•  District 16-2A quarterfinal — TERRA 4, St. Brendan 0: Francisco Astete 2 goals. Cristian Jimenez goal. Agustin Cioni goal.

•  District 15-4A quarterfinal — Coconut Creek 2, Hollywood Hills 1

•  District 14-5A Semifinals — Miami Beach 4, Ronald Reagan 2: Critian Sanchez 2 goals, Tomas Moffatt goal, Anthony Garcia goal. MB 11-4-3



West Broward vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7:30

Fort Lauderdale vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 7:30

Monarch vs. Nova (Nova), 7:30

Brito Miami vs. Miami Christian (MCS), 6:30

Hillel vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:30


American Heritage vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 7:30

Blanche Ely vs. West Boca Raton (West Boca Raton), 6

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Community School (Community School), 6

Piper vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 6

Coral Springs vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 6

Hollywood Hills vs. Taravella (Taravella), 6

GMAC semifinals at Miami High: Krop vs. Norland, 6; South Miami vs. Miami Highr, 7:30

Monsignor Pace vs. Lourdes (COL), 7:30

Miami Springs vs. Coral Park (CP), 5

South Dade vs. Sunset (SUN), 3:30

TERRA vs. Westland Hialeah (Westland Hialeah), 5


Dillard, Northeast, Boyd Anderson vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 3

Taravella, Douglas vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 3

Flanagan, Coconut Creek vs. Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Hills), 3

Fort Lauderdale, West Broward, Hallandale vs. McArthur (McArthur), 3


District 16-3A semifinals at North Miami Stadium: Pines Charter-Hallandale winner vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 5; Pompano Beach-Mourning winner vs. American Heritage, 7.

District 14-2A semifinals at Cardinal Gibbons: Pace-Chaminade winner vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 5; University-Somerset winner vs. Mater Lakes, 7.

District 14-1A semifinals at Brian Piccolo Park: Posnack-Sheridan Hills Christian winner vs. South Florida HEAT, 4; Coral Springs Christian-Westminster Academy winner vs. Sagemont, 4\

District 16-5A semifinals at Tropical Park: Coral Reef vs. Varela, 3; Sunset vs. South Dade, 5

District 16-4A semifinals at Milander: American vs. Homestead, 5; Belen vs. Westland Hialeah, 7

District 16-2A semifinals at Ransom: Carroll-Ransom winner vs. St. Brendan-TERRA winner, 4; Florida Christian-Coral Shores winner vs. Gulliver, 7


Region 3-5A quarterfinal: Taravella at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7

Region 3-5A quarterfinal: Western at Douglas, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Doral Reagan at Cypress Bay, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: West Broward at Miami Beach, 3

Region 4-4A quarterfinal at Traz: McArthur vs. Mater Academy, 7

Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Miami Springs at South Broward, 7

Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Archbishop McCarthy at Jensen Beach, 7

Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Riviera Beach Suncoast at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: North Broward Prep at Chaminade, 4

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Cardinal Gibbons at American Heritage-Delray, 7

Region 4-1A quarterfinal at Weston Regional Park: Yeshiva vs. South Florida HEAT, 7

Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Westminster Academy at Boca Christian, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal at Columbus: Coral Reef vs. Lourdes, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Ferguson at Palmetto, 3:30

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Ransom Everglades at Doral, 6

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: La Salle at Gulliver, 3:30

Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Westminster Christian at Miami Country Day, 7

Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Dade Christian at Marathon, 7



Chaminade-Madonna vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 7:30

Nova vs. Pompano Beach (Home), 7:30

Coral Glades vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 7:30


Big 8 quarterfinals at South Plantation: Nova vs. Miramar, 3:30; Dillard vs. Flanagan, 5; Cardinal Gibbons vs. Douglas, 6:30; Coconut Creek vs. South Broward, 8

Chaminade-Madonna vs. LaSalle (LaS), 6

Coral Springs Charter vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7


South Plantation, Boyd Anderson vs. Plantation (Plantation), 3


District 11-5A semifinals at Deerfield Beach: Deerfield Beach vs. Douglas-Coral Springs winner, 5; Taravella vs. Coral Glades-Monarch winner, 7

District 12-5A final at Western: 6.

District 13-5A final at Cypress Bay: 7.

District 15-4A semifinals at South Broward: Blanche Ely vs. Boyd Anderson-Fort Lauderdale winner, 5; South Broward vs. Coconut Creek-Hollywood Hills winner, 7.

District 13-2A semifinals at American Heritage-Delray: North Broward Prep-Pope John Paul II winner vs. Pine Crest-CS Charter winner, 2; American Heritage-Delray vs. Calvary Christian-St. Andrews winner, 4

District 13-1A final at Highlands Christian: 7.



Cardinal Gibbons vs. University School (UNI), 7:30

Douglas vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7:30

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7:30

North Broward Prep vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 7


Big 8 semifinals at South Plantation: Nova-Miramar winner vs. Cardinal Gibbons-Douglas winner, 6:30; Dillard-Flanagan winner vs. Coconut Creek-South Broward winner, 8


Cypress Bay vs. Coral Gables (CG), 3

Coral Springs vs. Douglas (Douglas), 3


District 11-5A final at Deerfield Beach: 7

District 15-4A final at South Broward: 7

District 16-3A final at North Miami Stadium: 7

District 13-2A final at American Heritage-Delray: 4

District 14-2A final at Cardinal Gibbons: 7

District 14-1A at Brian Piccolo Park: 2

District 15-5A final at Tropical Park: 5

District 16-5A final at Tropical Park: 4

District 16-4A final at Milander: 7

District 15-2A final at Doral: 7

District 16-2A final at Ransom: 7.

District 16-1A final at Westminster Christian: 3:30



Big 8 final at South Plantation: 7

Coral Springs Charter vs. Lourdes (COL), 4


Coral Springs vs. Park Vista (Park Vista), 3

Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop McCarthy, Deerfield Beach, Miramar, Taravella, Deerfield Beach vs. Chaminade-Madonna (CHAM), 3

Western, Flanagan vs. Jupiter (Jupiter), 3

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