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Deerfield Beach boys set for state semifinal, hope to atone for last year's exit

 

Special to The Miami Herald

Deerfield Beach senior Marcus Owens watches film of last year’s regional final and painfully remembers his team’s departure from the postseason.

The Bucks had lost to Spanish River Community 67-61, failing to execute down the stretch in a tight game. They missed free throws and turned the ball over. They lacked a presence inside.

“I still think about it sometimes this year,” said Owens, who is averaging 17 points and nine rebounds per game this season. “I use that for motivation. Every game I think of that game.”

On a mission to handle unfinished business, the Deerfield Beach boys’ basketball team (28-4) will face Oviedo Hagerty (26-5) — last year’s runner-up — in the Class 8A state semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Lakeland Center.

Six years ago, coach Kenny Brown faced the difficult task of rebuilding a program that had not reached regional play since 2004.

After building an impressive résumé at Mercer University in the early 1990s, he spent seven seasons in Europe and received several invitations to NBA camps.

Immediately following his playing career, he coached six seasons at his alma mater, South Plantation High.

That experience helped he and his staff’s credibility when it came to preaching a hard-working philosophy at a new school.

“I was just trying to bring back an enthusiasm about Deerfield Beach basketball,” Brown said. “I think we showed how hard my staff and I worked. They knew we weren’t just talking because I could go out and show the kids what we were trying to do.”

With seven returners from last year’s team as well as three transfers to fill the inside void, the Bucks began to realize their potential by winning the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C., on Dec. 22.

Three days later, on Christmas night, each player showed his dedication to capturing a state title by arriving at school ready to play in the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Ocala the following morning.

Though the Bucks dropped the final to Ballard of Louisville, Ky., they received valuable experience in the state’s oldest 16-team tournament dating to 1975.

“All of our games were against good competition and teams that we weren’t going to go out there and run over,” said senior guard Terence Johnson, who averages 18.5 points and six rebounds per game. “We had to execute and play up to par at all times.”

Since that runner-up finish, Deerfield Beach has lost just two games — both to Pompano Beach Blanche Ely.

During the program’s third consecutive playoff push, the Bucks have been dominant, outscoring regional opponents by 30.3 points.

At the center of it is a smothering defense that has allowed just 34 points per game, with a blend of strong half-court play and rebounding to set up transition points.

“Defense wins games, and the way we’re playing defense right now … we’ve got to keep going out like that to win the state championship,” Johnson said.

BASEBALL

HIALEAH EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY 10, PINE CREST 2

LATE TUESDAY — NORTH MIAMI 11, NORTHWESTERN 1 (5)

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WP: Victor Sam 5IP. 12K (1-2). LP: R. Walker. NM 1-2

LATE TUESDAY — COLUMBUS 5, FERGUSON 2

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WP: Rafael Jreige. Top performers: Chris Garabedian 2-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR. Eddy Rodriguez 1-2, run. Gil Torres 1-3, run

LATE TUESDAY — SOUTHRIDGE 4, VARELA 2

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WP: Dayron Moreno 10K (2-1) LP: Juan Pimentel (1-2). Top performers: Arlain Sesin 2-3, RBI. Alex Aguila triple, RBI. SR 5-2

LATE TUESDAY — PALMETTO 11, CORAL REEF 3

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WP: Nick Gruener (2-1) LP: Christian Grullon. Top performers: Carter Nash 2-4, double, HR, 2 RBI. Michael Wall 3-3, double, 3 runs, RBI. Riley Delgado 3-4, double, 2 runs, 3 RBI. PAL 3-3

SOFTBALL

GOLEMAN 9, MIAMI SPRINGS 0

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WP: Frances Santos 12K (3-1). Top performers: Mel Costero 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 2 SB. Frances Santos 2-3, RBI, 2 runs, 2 SB. Jessi Costero 2-3, RBI, double. GOL 5-2

MONSIGNOR PACE 11, JACKSON 2

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WP: Sofia Dominguez 18K. LP: I. Nawton. Top performers: Sofia Dominguez 4-5, double, 3 RBI, 3 runs. Zulynn Brito 3-4, 2 RBI, run. MP 7-3

LATE TUESDAY — CORAL REEF 12, SOUTHRIDGE 2 (5)

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WP: Dayna Wilson (4-0). LP: K. Serrano. Top performers: Kylan Becker 3-4, RBI, 3 runs. Cassandra Garcia 3-4, 2 RBI, 4 runs. Cristina Colli 2-4, 2 RBI. Michelle Ryan 2-2, 2 runs. CR 5-0

LATE TUESDAY — CYPRESS BAY 9, FLANAGAN 0

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WP: Sarah Maloney (3-0). LP: Deagan. Top performers: Lexi DiEmmanuele 3-4, run, HR, 3 RBI. Monika Garabedian 2-3, triple, 2RBI. Maggie Scott 2-4, triple, run. CB 6-0

LATE TUESDAY — MATER LAKES 16, PINE CREST 6

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WP: Sam Herranz (6-1). LP: Lopez. Top performers: Sam Herranz 4-5, 6 RBI. Melanie Arauz 4-4, 3 runs. Jasmine Harris 3-4, 5 runs. ML7-1

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  Hebrew Academy 6, Posnack 1: Aaron Afriat won No. 1 singles 8-2. Ariel Gringarten won No. 2 singles 8-2. Jacob Mitrani won No. 5 singles 8-0. Aftriat/Ilan Paul won No. 1 doubles 8-5. HA 3-1

•  Gulliver 4, Coral Gables 3: Chase Perez-Blanco won No. 1 singles 8-3. Baker Newman won No. 2 singles 8-4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  Hebrew Academy 4, Posnack 3: Andrea Weiss won No. 2 singles 8-2. Zoe Hamburger won No. 3 singles 8-5. Haily Dobin won No. 4 singles 8-4. Dobin/Ariella Stein won No. 2 doubles 8-3. HA 3-1

BOYS’ LACROSSE

• Late Tuesday — Columbus 17, Palm Beach Central 5: Grant Nordlund 4 goals, 3 assists. Steven Hernandez 4 goals, 3 assists. Omar Shabazz 2 goals. Michael Davide 5 saves.

TRACK & FIELD

•  Late Tuesday — Gulliver 93, Key West 51: Alina Anderson won pole vault. Isa Avila won long jump, triple jump. Chloe Nixon won shot put. Christina Scroggin won 100 hurdles. Melanie Mueller won 100m, 200m. Ines Thessen Zichy won 400m. Nicole Martinez won 800m.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Hallandale vs. Boyd Anderson (BA), 3:45

Taravella vs. Coral Glades (CGLA), 6:30

Fort Lauderdale vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 3:45

Monarch vs. North Broward Prep (NBP), 3:45

Deerfield Beach vs. Piper (Home), 7

Coral Springs vs. South Plantation (SP), 3:45

Dillard vs. Stranahan (STR), 3:45

SOFTBALL

Northeast vs. Blanche Ely (Mitchell Moore Park), 4

Piper vs. Boyd Anderson (BA), 4

Coral Springs vs. Coral Glades (CGLA), 4

Taravella vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

Mourning vs. Dillard (DIL), 4

Plantation vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (MON), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Pompano Beach (Four Fields), 4

Hallandale vs. Stranahan (STR), 4

BOYS’ TENNIS

Monsignor Pace vs. Somerset Academy (SOM), 3:30

Northeast vs. Blanche Ely (ELY), 4

Monarch vs. Coconut Creek (Creek), 4

Douglas vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4

South Broward vs. Everglades (Home), 4

West Broward vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Nova (Home), 4

Cypress Bay vs. Plantation (Central Park), 4

Fort Lauderdale vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Tennis Center), 4

Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4

Miramar vs. Western (Home), 4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Northeast vs. Blanche Ely (Home), 4

Monarch vs. Coconut Creek (Windmill Park), 4

Douglas vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4

South Broward vs. Everglades (Home), 4

West Broward vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Pemb. Pines Charter vs. Hallandale (Golden Isle), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Nova (Home), 4

Cypress Bay vs. Plantation (Central Park), 4

Fort Lauderdale vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Tennis Center), 4

Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4

Miramar vs. Western (Home), 4

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Blanche Ely vs. Coconut Creek (C. Creek), 3:45

Cypress Bay vs. Flanagan (Home), 6:30

South Broward vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

Cooper City vs. Nova (Home), 7

McArthur vs. Plantation (Plantation), 6:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 7

Pompano Beach vs. American Heritage (AHP), 7

Miramar vs. West Broward (WB), 3:45

SOFTBALL

University School vs. Mater Lakes (Miami Lakes Optimist), 4

Coral Glades vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

West Broward vs. Miramar (MIR), 4

Cooper City vs. Nova (Home), 6:30

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Broward (SB), 4

TRACK AND FIELD

Sam Burley Invitational at Miami Southridge

BOYS’ TENNIS

Sagemont vs. Miami Country Day (Jockey Club), 3

Fort Lauderdale vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Sagemont vs. Miami Country Day (Jockey Club), 3

Fort Lauderdale vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 4

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