Ali’s hard-nosed style boosts Pines Charter


Last week’s best performances

Team of the week

Andrea Dorsey scored the game-winning goal in the 50th minute to lift the two-time defending Class 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ soccer team (22-1-1, No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll) 2-1 over Douglas in the Class 5A regional semifinal.

Athletes of the week

Kayla Wright, Dillard, girls’ basketball: The reigning Class 5A Player of the Year had a game-high 23 points and 17 rebounds to help the Panthers reclaim the BCAA Big 8 title with a 56-29 victory over rival Nova.

Osner Valmeus, Boyd Anderson, wrestling: Valmeus won the 138-pound division to help the Cobras beat South Plantation 23-18.

Sidney Umude, St. Thomas Aquinas, boys’ basketball: The 6-7 forward scored a game-high 24 points to help the Raiders (16-3) hold off Miramar 69-63.

Francisco Patalano, South Broward, boys’ soccer: Patalano scored two goals to lift the Bulldogs (14-4-2) over Fort Lauderdale 2-1 for the District 15-4A title.

DeLise Williams, Coral Springs Christian, girls’ basketball: Williams had a game-high 26 points to lead the Crusaders (18-5) over Archbishop McCarthy 50-34.

Chris Delinoise, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ soccer: Delinoise scored two goals to lead the Chiefs (17-6) over University School 2-0 in the District 14-2A title game.

Kristi Isabella, South Florida HEAT, girls’ soccer: Isabella had a goal and an assist to lead the HEAT (17-6-4) over Boca Christian 5-0 in the Class 2A regional semifinals.

Sarah Cooper, Douglas, girls’ basketball: The 6-2 center had a game-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to power Douglas (17-5) past Cardinal Gibbons 68-40 in the BCAA Big 8 quarterfinals.

Martha Thomas, American Heritage, girls’ soccer: Thomas had three goals and an assist to lead the Patriots (23-2) over Jensen Beach 6-0 in the Class 3A regional semifinals.

Wolky Belancourt, Coral Springs, wrestling: Belancourt won the 145-pound division to help the Colts beat archrival Douglas 52-24.

Jose Morales, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ basketball: The standout sophomore had a career-high 28 points to help the Chiefs (18-2) outlast University School 72-64 in overtime.

Samara Stolzenberg and Elizabeth Martinez, Cypress Bay, girls’ soccer: Stolzenberg made three consecutive saves and Martinez converted the game-winning penalty kick to lift the Lightning (16-2-2) over West Broward 1-0 (6-5 PKs) in the Class 5A regional semifinals.

Samuel Vincent, American Heritage, boys’ soccer: Vincent’s goal in the 75th minute held up as the Patriots beat Pines Charter 2-1 for the District 16-3A title.


All of four games into his sophomore season, Pines Charter 6-3 star guard Prince Ali gave Class 4A No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons a taste of New York City basketball.

Five electrifying dunks and a career-high 27 points later, the Bronx-born high-wire act, who averaged eight points in a supporting role for Miami Booker T. Washington as a freshman, served notice he would be the breakout star this season.

“I’m a New York guard,” Ali said after the Gibbons game. “So I come out on the court with a New York mentality. I can score the ball and play defense. I never back down to anybody. It’s very important I make my name. I feel like people are sleeping on me.”

Ali’s hard-nosed style of play, honed on New York City playgrounds, has created an integral dynamic to surging Pines Charter (16-2, Source Hoops No. 6 in Class 6A), which faces St. Thomas Aquinas in the BCAA Big 8 boys’ basketball quarterfinals at Fort Lauderdale High School at 6:30 Wednesday.

Cypress Bay (10-4) follows against Class 8A No. 2 Deerfield Beach (21-3) at 8. The Thursday quarterfinals feature Dillard against Cardinal Gibbons (17-2) at 6:30 and Western facing reigning Class 7A state champion Blanche Ely (17-1, MaxPreps No. 16) at 8 p.m.

If the tournament plays out as most expect, Ely, a heavy favorite that is led by Dallas Cameron and Khalil Thomas, would meet archrival Deerfield Beach before a standing-room-only crowd for the Big 8 title on Saturday night.

Few players in the tournament will bring a bigger buzz than Ali, who has boosted his recruitment by averaging a career-high 17 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Along with 6-5 Hannif Cheatham, another transfer, and 6-7 holdover Justin Satchell, Ali’s arrival has given Jaguars coach Dave Roca arguably the most diverse and talented trio of wing players in the state.

As if opponents already didn’t have their hands full with Satchell (17 ppg, eight rpg) and Cheatham (14 ppg, eight rpg, seven apg), they now do with Ali’s straight line drives to the basket, which have led to highlight reel tomahawk dunks that have swung momentum in an instant.

“Prince complements Hannif and Justin’s game so well,” Roca said. “Prince is always coming right at you. He plays north and south. He’s coming right down the middle. Not many opposing players are willing to take the contact. Prince gives us a kind of toughness that will be key, especially in such a tough 6A region.”


•  Boyd Anderson 76, Stranahan 33 – BA: Eubanks 10, Wilson 25, I. Pierre 12, Joseph 2, Harris, Jr. 5, Romaine 6, Thompson 11, Borgella 2, Pierre-Louis 2, P. Pierre 1. STR: Keel 2, Molina 2, Goodman 4, Awosegun 10, Dooling 7, Skinner 2, Spain-Malbry 2, Richard 2, Montgomery 2. Halftime: BA 44-22. Three-pointers: Wilson, Harris, Jr., Awosegun 2. Rebounds: Romain 8. Assists: Thompson 5. Blocks: Romain 5.

•  Edison 78, Miami Christian 69 – ED (14-5): Dervil 25, King 20, Thelon 15, Grimes 10, Oristil 3, Cooper 2. MC: Ramirez 3, Campos 6, Shamyr Borgelin 25, Shamarly Borgelin 15, Penate 6, Rosario 8, Beckelheimer 6. Halftime: MC: 38-30. Three-pointers: King 4, Dervil, Ramirez, Shamyr Borgelin, Penate 2, Beckelheimer 2. Rebounds: Grimes 14. Assists: Dervil 8. Steals: Labady 5. Blocks: Grimes 3.

•  Archbishop Carroll 62, Ferguson 25 – CAR (21-4): Amaro 12, Brimah 11, Lima 6, A. Leon 6, Gabuardi 6, Brown 5, Cohen 5, Fernandez 4, N. Leon 3, Garcia 2, Levitt 2. FER: Gonzalez 5, Berveralt 4, Marine 3, Garcia 2, Acosta, Davis 2, Sfolts 2, Pradel 2, Alicea 2, Alacorn 1. Halftime: CAR 35-12. Three-pointers: Amaro 4, Gabuardi 2, A. Leon 2, N. Leon 1, Gonzalez 1. Rebounds: Brimah 11. Assists: Lima 7. Steals: Cohen 6. Blocks: Brimah 5.

•  Florida Christian 67, Dade Christian 46 – FC: Hernandez 6, Valdes 3, Wicks 7, Cordoza 23, Herschman 10, Montes De Oca 2, Jane 1, Perez 2, Weeks 2, Sikora 10. DC: Miller 12, Sampson 14, Ferguson 9, D. Ferguson 2, Vallejo 2, Batten 4, Florvic 2. Rebounds: Sikora 6. Assists: Wicks 5. Steals: 4. Three-pointers: Hershman 4.

•  Archbishop Curley 48, Palmer Trinity 39 – CUR (19-6): Lemonier 2, Cheron 14, Ermilius 8, Dorvil 2, Brown 19, Esquillian 5. PT: Pico 2, Beclzer 15, Dorsy 13, Marley 2, Bonet 6. Halftime: CUR 29-23. Three-pointers: Cheron, Beclzer 3, Dorsy 3. Rebounds: Brown 13. Assists: Esquillian 4. Steals: Ermilius 3. Blocks: Brown 4.

•  Westwood Christian 87, Naples St. John Neumann 70 – WWC (20-4): Ramis 22, Shoon 17, Conceicao 14, Joseph 12, Jou 4, Gonzalez 10, Mortensen 4, Diaz 1, Molina 3. Three-pointers: Ramis 5, Shoon 2, Gonzalez 3, Molina 1. Rebounds: Conceicao 17. Steals: Ramis, Gonzalez 4. Assists: Gonzalez, Molina 5. Blocks: Conceicao 3.

•  Belen 55, Doral Academy 31 – BEL (13-11): Iparraguirre 2, Perez 6, Alvarez 15, Medina 7, Fernandez 4, Couto 7, Pujals 8, Diaz Silveira 2, Battle 4. DA: Ruiz 8, Fernandez 11, Mendi 7, Steel 5. Three-pointers: Fernandez, Iparraguirre, Medina, Alvarez, Couto, Young 2, Harrigan, Hankins. Assists: Medina 4. Rebounds: Medina, Iparraguirre 9. Steals: Alvarez 3.

•  Keys Gate 64, Somerset 41 – KG: Gage 21, Reyes 10, Palacio 10, Robinson 3, Span 7. Halftime: KG 27-20. Rebounds: Robinson 7. Assists: Reyes 5. Steals: Reyes 2. Blocks: Span.

•  Hebrew Academy 60, Posnack 18 – HEB (13-6): Abramowitz 25, Schechter 12, Masin 12, Paul 4, Meyerson 2, Moyal 2, Furst 2, Taieb 1. POS: Brandwein 6, Baratz 6, Shewitz 4, Soffer 2. Halftime: HEB 30-11. Three-pointers: Masin 3, Brandwein 2, Schechter. Rebounds: Abramowitz 11. Assists Schechter 8. Steals: Meyerson 4.

•  St. Brendan 61, TERRA 42 – STB (10-12): Ruiz 4, Dominguez 15, Claro 2, Harduval 3, G. Garcia 7, Philogene 2, Suarez 3, Moliver 20, Moreau 2, Calderine 3. TER: Morales 4, Fernandez 9, Munoz 4, Grant 1, Novo 2, Gutierrez 4, Melamud 6, Barrios 2, Mayor 1, Guzman 3, Schau 2.

Princeton Christian 60, Brito 49 –



Western vs. Cooper City (Home), 7:30

West Broward vs. Douglas (Home), 7:30

Hollywood Hills vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7:30

Coral Springs vs. Monarch (Monarch), 7:30

Flanagan vs. Nova (NOVA), 7:30

Fort Lauderdale vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 7:30

Coconut Creek vs. Stranahan (STR), 7:30

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Coral Springs Charter (Coral Springs Charter), 6:30

Hollywood Christian vs. Northwest Christian (NWC), 6:30


District 11-8A quarterfinals at Coral Glades: Coral Springs vs. South Plantation, 6; Taravella vs. Coral Glades, 7:30

District 13-4A quarterfinals at Pine Crest: University School vs. North Broward Prep, 5; Chaminade-Madonna vs. Pine Crest, 7

District 14-3A semifinals at Calvary Christian West gym: Coral Springs Christian vs. Calvary Christian, 5:30; Sagemont vs. Highlands Christian, 7


Region 3-5A final: St. Thomas Aquinas at Palm Beach Central, 7

Region 4-5A final at Miami Columbus: Cypress Bay vs. Miami Lourdes, 7

Region 4-3A final: Merritt Island at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-1A final: South Florida HEAT at Marathon, 7



Big 8 quarterfinals at Fort Lauderdale: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Pines Charter, 6:30; Cypress Bay vs. Deerfield Beach, 8


District 16-7A semifinals at South Broward: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Nova, 6; Plantation vs. South Broward, 7:30


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

Region 3-5A quarterfinal: Taravella at South Plantation, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Miami High at Cypress Bay, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: West Broward vs. Miami Beach, TBA

Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Hialeah American at South Broward, 7

Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Fort Lauderdale vs. Westland Hialeah, TBA

Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Okeechobee at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Pines Charter at Boynton Beach, 7

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: University at North Broward Prep, 7

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

Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Sagemont at Highlands Christian, 7; Yeshiva at Posnack, 7



Big 8 quarterfinals at Fort Lauderdale: Dillard vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 6:30; Blanche Ely vs. Western, 8; Pine Crest at Palmer Trinity, 6


District 11-8A semifinals at Coral Glades: Taravella-Coral Glades winner vs. Deerfield Beach, 6; Coral Springs-South Plantation winner vs. Douglas, 7:30

District 15-6A semifinals at Archbishop McCarthy: Pines Charter vs. Fort Lauderdale, 6; Hollywood Hills vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 7:30

District 13-4A semifinals at Pine Crest: Chaminade-Pine Crest winner vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 5; University School-North Broward Prep winner vs. Coral Springs Charter, 7


District 12-3A at South Plantation

District 13-3A at South Broward: noon

District 14-1A at Cardinal Gibbons:

District 15-1A at Hollywood Chaminade:

State meet at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee

Big 8 semifinals at Fort Lauderdale:

District 16-5A semifinals at Pompano Beach:

District 14-3A final at Calvary Christian’s West gym:

District 15-2A at Archbishop McCarthy:

Class 5A state semifinal

Class 3A state semifinal

Class 1A state semifinal

State meet at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee

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