Midway through the quarter, theGreen Wave made it a 10-point game, but were
unable to make thescore any closer. McKnight and center Maljhum McCrea were instrumental in theperiod, scoring a number of easy lay ups and dunks to help Norland take a20-point lead into the fourth quarter.
“Coach was telling us to keep our composure andnot to give up,” McKnight said.
Norland continued its offensiveattack in the fourth quarter, extending its lead to over 30 points.
FM: Matthews 19, W. Graddy 18, B. Graddy 9,Brunson 6, Castro 3, Thelus 2, Bornelus 2. NOR (24-5): Johnson 26, McKnight 17, McCrea 14, Roberts 10, Henry 6, Huell 6, Jean-Baptiste 2, Bedward 2. Half: NOR 42-25. Rebounds: McCrea11. Assists: Henry 4. Blocks: McCrea 5.
• Region 4-2A final – Westwood Christian 71, Zion Lutheran 48: Center Thiago Daconceicao was two blocks shy of a triple-double for the Warriors (26-5) in a regional final victory over the Lions (22-8) at Westwood Christian. Daconceicao had 17 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks.
This is the first time in its 15-year history that Westwood’s boys; basketball team has advanced to the state semifinals.
Westwood jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. The Warriors went up 15-4 on a dunk by sophomore Eugenior Joseph. Guard Daniel Ramis scored 17 first half points. The Warriors led 38-27 at the half.
In the third quarter Westwood went up 50-34 thanks to back-to-back three pointers by Ramis and guard Gabriel Gonzalez.
The Warriors’ defense prevented a Lions’ rally and held Zion to seven points in the fourth. After the win, Westwood players and head coach Jose Amat cut down the net.
Daniel Ramis had a game-high 24 points. Forward Armond Shoon score 13 points and had 6 steals.
WWC: Ramis 24, Daconceicao 17, Shoon 13, Joseph 6, Jou 4, Molina 4, Gonzalez 3. ZL: Stonne 17, Rojas 11, Bornelus 8, Witty 6, Stubbs 6. Halftime: WWC 38-27. Three-Pointers: Ramis 2, Gonzalez, Shoon, Rojas, Stone, Bornelus. Rebounds: Daconceicao 16. Assists: Ramis 6. Steals: Shoon 6.
Late Friday – Florida Christian 6, Lowndes County (GA) 2
WP: Andrew George. Top performers: George 5 IP, 7 K. Eric Montero HR. Jack Diaz 2-3, 2 RBI. FC 3-1.
Late Friday – Brito 9, Archbishop Carroll 4
WP: Angel Cortes (2-0). LP: Noa. Top performers: Andy Herrera 4-4, HR 2 RBI. Diosvanny Boulet 2-4, 2 RBI. Edberg Dominguez 2-3, RBI. BRI 5-0.
Late Friday – Doral 7, Reagan 3
WP: Eddie Escribano. SV: Kevin Alloroa. Top performers: Chris Hernandez 2-2, 2 R, RBI. Andy Hernandez 2-3, R, 3 RBI. Christian Martinez 2-4.
Late Thursday – Miami High 11, Miami Beach 10
WP: Xabier Gomez. LP: Moises Cabrera. SV: Christian Torres. Top performers: Magdiel Palmeiro 2-2, double, 4 RBI. Mario Vento 2-3, 2 RBI. MH 1-4.
Late Thursday – La Salle 9, Doral 7