Dillard never stopped fighting, but Cardinal Gibbons’ early lead proved to be too much to overcome for the Panthers as the Chiefs knocked off Dillard 58-43 in the quarterfinals of the BCAA Big 8 boys’ basketball tournament at Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night.
Gibbons will play Deerfield Beach in the second semifinal game Friday.
The Chiefs’ speed and size overwhelmed Dillard in the first quarter as they built an 18-6 lead at the end of the first. The Chiefs led 31-17 at halftime, although it could have been a much larger lead if not for a number of blown opportunities.
The third quarter was a different story. The Panthers jumped all over Gibbons as the Chiefs became increasingly impatient hoisting a number of bad three-point shots, missing layups and turning the ball over multiple times.
Dillard rolled to a 12-0 run to cut the lead to 31-29 with three minutes to play in the quarter and had a chance to tie the score on an easy layup attempt by Romello Walker, but he missed the easy shot for the tie and Cedric Wright was called for offensive goaltending on the put-back. A put-back by Richard McIntosh ended the run with 2:20 to play and the Chiefs got back to what they were doing in the first half.
A trio of three-pointers by Jack Simmons, who led all scorers with 15 points, gave Gibbons control again. He hit a three to give Gibbons a 36-29 lead, then swished another three at the buzzer from the corner while fading out of bounds for a 41-34 lead going into the fourth.
Another three by Simmons pushed the Chiefs’ lead back to double digits at 47-36 with 5:42 to play. Dillard cut it back to four, but Reggie Goosby’s dunk with under two minutes to play pushed the lead back to 52-43.
Trandon Smith led Dillard with 14 points. Melvin Brooks added 10 points and 16 rebounds for Gibbons.
DIL (12-9): Walker 7, Wright 10, Heastie 4, Dixon 2, Pendergraph 2, Smith 14, Grace 4. CG (19-2): Andino 4, Morales 13, Simmons 15, McIntosh 8, Brooks 10, Goosby 6, Charles 2. Halftime: Gibbons 31-17. Three-pointers: Simmons 4, Grace, Morales. Rebounds: Brooks 16. Assists: Morales 6. Steals: Wright 2, Goosby 2. Blocks: Wright 2, Goosby 2.
• BCAA Big 8 quarterfinal — Blanche Ely 75, Western 43: Ely continued to apply pressure to Western on Thursday night at Fort Lauderdale.
Trailing 4-3 early, the Tigers (18-1) went on a 16-0 run behind a handful of steals, layups and put-backs for a 19-4 lead late in the first quarter.
Khalil Thomas led the way for the Tigers by constantly crashing the boards and dominating in the paint.
Thomas scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter. He also had eight rebounds by halftime and finished the game with 15 rebounds and two blocks.
Darrion Allen set up most of Ely’s attack, playing a key role in his team’s pressure defense coming up with five steals in the first half. The Tigers had 10 steals by the break. Lance Tejada had 15 points, including 13 in the second half.
ELY (18-1): Gosier 3, Thomas 22, Tejada 15, Cameron 12, Allen 11, Lee 12. WES (15-7): Lewis 2, Katz 12, Hessney 2, Lamour 4, Nunez 8, Royes 12, Artaza 3. Halftime: ELY 41-21. Three-pointers: Lee 4, Tejada 2, Cameron 2, Allen, Artaza, Nunez. Rebounds: Thomas 15. Assists: Cameron 3. Steals: Allen 6. Blocks: Thomas 2.
Local teams came up short of gold medals during the opening day of the state competitive cheerleading competition at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.
Douglas High School and South Plantation High School finished second and third, respectively, in the Class 2A Large Co-ed division.
Douglas finished the season on a high note despite going through an abrupt coaching change in November.
Douglas finished with 74.8 points in the finals as South Plantation trailed closely behind with a 73.5 score. Orlando West Orange (82) came away with the state title, and Coral Springs High School (61.5) finished fifth.
In its first attempt at competing with a squad of both boys and girls, Coral Springs Christian was one of seven teams to qualify for the Class 1A Large Co-ed finals.
The Crusaders got a big boost from a group of five seniors, each of which finished their football season before joining the team and learning the sport on the fly.
Coral Springs Christian finished fifth with a score of 69.275, eight points back from Sebring for third place. Eustis (81.6) took home the state title.
Flanagan was one of five teams to advance to the state finals in Class 2A Small Co-ed, finishing fifth overall with 76.1 points. J.C. CARNAHAN
After two seasons and a 3-17 record, Jeff Mathis resigned as coach of the Coral Glades football team.
Mathis, the 33-year-old former standout at Coconut Creek High School, will head to Poincianna High School in Orlando to teach and coach there.
District 13-3A - Team scores: 1. South Broward 204.5; 2. Everglades 181.5; 3. Miramar 144.5; 4. Cooper City 133.5; 5. Flanagan 105.5; 6. McArthur 60; 7. West Broward 14. Championship finals – 106: Jarret Betancourt (SB) tech Nicholas Lutfey (EVER) 15-0; 113: Steven Nogradi (EVER) dec. Joshua Brown (MIR) 7-2; 120: Alexander Lesesne (MIR) pin Scott Simmons (CC) 2:15; 126: Tuqwan Stone (MIR) dec. Christian Sanchez (EVER) 6-3; 132: Jonathan Elder (SB) pin Nicholas Nogradi (EVER) 0:37; 138: Alexandre Lopouchanski (SB) dec. Quintan Tenner (EVER) 11-5; 145: Edward Pierce (SB) pin Eric Perez (CC) 1:50; 152: Ernie Levy (MIR) maj. dec. Barry Jones (CC) 10-1; 160: Nathaniel Delevoe (SB) dec. Randolph Prud’homme (EVER) 3-1; 170: Eugene Kinchen (MIR) pin Tevan Medina (SB) 2:53; 182: Alex Sinor (SB) pin Khantrell Burden (EVER) 1:46; 195: Jordan Sanchez (CC) maj. dec. De’Andre Jones (EVER) 8-0; 220: Deangelo Greer (EVER) pin Robert Valverde (SB) 0:50; HWT: Kevin Jacques (SB) pin Carlby Mendes (EVER) 1:25. Consolation finals – 106: William Hill (CC) pin Ernie Francis (WB) 3:59; 113: Raymon Troncoso (CC) dec. Miguel Aguilar (SB) 9-7; 120: Joseph Shwihy (FLAN) dec. Enrique Romero (EVER) 7-1; 126: Miguel Prada (FLAN) dec. Bryan Lorenzana (CC) 2-1; 132: Shawn Green (CC) dec. GianMarco Montalva (WB) 10-4; 138: Tyler Marquez (MIR) pin Joseph Gabbara (FLAN) 2:53; 145: Kenneth McIntyre (FLAN) pin Andrew Robinson (MIR) 0:27; 152: Jonathan Salcedo (McA) pin Christopher Nealy (FLAN) 3:42; 160: Brandon Selcuk (FLAN) maj. dec. Raymond Donnelly (McA) 8-0; 170: Valmore Brown (FLAN) pin Kerry Curran (CC) 2:11; 182: Joseph Turk (CC) dec. Devin Bush (FLAN) 7-4; 195: Damian Grullon (McA) pin Richard Clausen (FLAN) 1:38; 220: Anthony Nieves (McA) dec. Larenz Dixon (FLAN) 11-6; HWT: Carim Braveboy (MIR) maj. dec. Michael Pagan (McA) 13-4.
District 14-1A - Team standings: Cardinal Gibbons 213; Somerset 136.5; American Heritage 115.5; Coral Springs Charter 73; Calvary Christian 49.
Championship finals – 106: Sherman (AH) dec. Clark (CG) 7-2; 113: Valdez (SOM) tech Gibson (CG) 17-1; 120: Morris (CG) maj. dec. Mosar (AH) 13-0; 126: Morris (CG) pin Venturi (AH); 132: Vasquez (CG) maj. dec. Haan (SOM) 8-0; 138: Byelick (CC) dec. Dibenedetto (SOM) 6-5; 145: Singletary (SOM) tech Limpersi (CG) 15-0; 152: Thomas (CG) dec. Chavez (SOM) 5-1; 160: DaSilveira (CG) pin Burnett (AH); 170: Flora (AH) dec. Sannasardo (CG) 8-7; 182: Hude (CSC) pin Martin (CG); 195: Thomas (CG) pin Salute (CSC); 220: Rosa (CSC) pin Bell (CG); HWT: Knick (CG) pin Espinosa (SOM).
Consolation finals – 106: Lopez (SOM) pin Franklin (CSC); 113: Padone (AH) pin Debrecht (CC); 120: Blasucci (SOM) maj. dec. Nelson (CC) 15-0; 126: Blasucci (SOM) pin Hume (CC); 132: James (AH) d. Delez (CC) default; 138: Stones (CG) pin Weisberg (AH); 152: Hassaneim (CSC); 160: Youngblood (SOM); 170: Milord (SOM); 182: Poirer (CC) dec. Beltran (SOM) 7-5; 195: Jobson (CC) d. Mitchel (AH); 220: Jackson (AH); HWT: Terorotoa (AH).
• Late Wednesday — Hollywood Christian 73, Northwest Christian 38 - HC: Josh 24, Will 20, Treyvon 18. NWC: Jones 28, Michel 6, Mincey 4. Halftime: HC 46-17. Rebounds: Treyvon 12. Assist: Will 6. Steals: Will 4
Big 8 semifinals at Fort Lauderdale: Pines Charter vs. Blanche Ely, 6:30; Cardinal Gibbons vs. Deerfield Beach, 8
District 15-7A semifinals at Blanche Ely: Coconut Creek vs. Boyd Anderson, 6; Northeast vs. Blanche Ely, 7:30
District 16-5A semifinals at Pompano Beach: Dillard vs. Hallandale, 6; American Heritage vs. Pompano Beach, 7:30
District 14-3A final at Calvary Christian: Coral Springs Christian vs. Sagemont, 7
District 15-2A at Arch. McCarthy: noon
Class 3A state semifinal: Kissimmee Osceola at American Heritage, 7