Led by the fourth-quarter scoring of Ross Udine and Josh Pollack, Cypress Bay defeated visiting Douglas 49-41 in the Region 3-8A quarterfinal in Weston.
Udine paced Cypress Bay (19-5) with 17 points. Pollack added 12 points, all on three-pointers. Cypress Bay will play host to Deerfield Beach on Tuesday in the regional semifinals.
Leading 33-28 entering the fourth quarter, Douglas cut the deficit to three points early in the quarter. At that point, the guard combo of Udine and Pollack took over. The Lightning went on a quick 5-0 run, which was capped on a three-pointer from the left wing off of a drive to the basket by Udine, to take a 38-30 lead.
“We had a nice spurt there,” Cypress Bay coach Jason Looky said. “That carried us.”
Jason Naide kept the game close for Douglas (11-12). Naide countered the run by knocking down a three-pointer to cut the Eagles’ deficit to 38-35. Naide scored a game-high 18 points for Douglas.
“He has carried us all year,” Douglas coach Orlando McCorvey said of Naide. “He has been our most consistent player.”
The Eagles struggled to generate offense in the quarter as the pressing defense of Cypress Bay caused multiple turnovers. The Lightning countered with a 7-2 run, which included Pollack’s second three-pointer of the quarter, giving the Lightning its largest lead of the quarter at 45-37. Udine went 4 for 4 at the free-throw line to close out the game.
DOU (11-12): Naide 18, Kacprzak 15, Franco 4. CB (19-5): Udine 17, Pollack 12, Wingard 9, Medina 7. Halftime: Cypress Bay 22-18. 3-pointers: Pollack 4, Udine 2, Naide 1.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Archbishop Carroll 72, North Broward Prep 38: The Bulldogs advanced to the regional semifinals on the strength of senior Amida Brimah’s triple-double, which consisted of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks.
The Bulldogs, who also held an advantage with their outstanding interior defense, take their 14-game winning streak into the next round of the playoffs against University.
“I’m not surprised by [Thursday’s] victory, this is a veteran squad,” Bulldogs coach Juan Hernandez said afterward.
Brimah’s 10 blocks in the game forced North Broward Prep into a jump-shooting team, making things easier for the Archbishop Carroll defense.
Brimah, a 6-10 center, has orally committed to the University of Connecticut.
An early injury to center Sammis Reyes left North Broward Prep without its starting center, making it an early matchup nightmare.
The Eagles’ leading scorer was swingman Jacolby Harris with 10 points.
AC: Lima 17, Garcia 8, Levitt 3, Amaro 6, Cohen 6, Brimah 20, Brown 5, Fernandez 7. NBP: Harris 10, Schemin 2, Stern 2, Lewis 4, Arnette 9, Reyes 5, Rifkind 4, Prescher 2. Halftime: AC 21 -13. Rebounds: Brimah 20. Blocks: Brimah 10.
• Region 4-6A quarterfinal — Norland 48, Archbishop McCarthy 39: Norland moved one step closer in its quest for back-to-back Class 6A state championships as the Vikings outlasted Archbishop McCarthy at home.
Vikings coach Lawton Williams described the regional quarterfinal victory as a “sloppy” one, but he’ll take it over the alternative.
“Playoffs aren’t about style points; you get the ‘W’ and move on,” Williams said. “We still have things we have to work on, like limiting turnovers, but we just have to keep winning and moving on.”