Grace leads Dillard to title at Kreul Classic

Dillard sharp-shooting guard Tyson Grace rediscovered his smooth shooting stroke just in time to spoil upset-minded Coral Springs Charter’s Kreul Classic Publix Challenge title celebration plans on Saturday.

Grace came alive for 14 of his team-high 17 points in the pivotal second half as FABC-Source Hoops Class 5A No. 7 Dillard fought back from a 34-21 halftime deficit and defeated Coral Springs Charter 56-50 at the Coral Springs City gym.

“I like to be the best at everything I do,” Grace said. “I’m comfortable with taking big shots. I work on it in practice. My teammates believe in me and they get the ball to me when it’s time.”

Grace’s hot second half earned him Tournament MVP and illustrated his emergence as Dillard’s most reliable weapon in crunch time.

Grace started the spurt with a steal and layup with 4:58 left in the third quarter which cut the lead to 40-29, added a fade-away jumper before hitting the biggest shot of the night — a three-pointer from the left corner with four minutes left which pushed Dillard (48-45) ahead for good.

• Lee (AL) 71, Pine Crest 64: The late game magic Pine Crest bottled in the first two rounds of the Kreul Classic Rock Challenge ran out at the Coral Springs City Gym.

Pine Crest (9-3) got a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds from 6-10 center Antonio Vrankovic but squandered an 18-6 lead entering the second quarter and fell 71-64 to Lee (AL) in the championship game.

“We did get off quickly and I thought we were building some momentum but that is a good team that came back on us,” said Pine Crest coach David Beckerman. “I thought the second half was the difference in not getting to the line enough and not getting the ball inside to the big guy who is getting better and better every game.”

That “big guy” is Vrankovic, who scored the game-winner against Salem (GA) in the quarterfinals and set the tone early against Lee with a dunk that gave Pine Crest a quick 11-0 lead.

But the Generals (12-2) regrouped with a 15-5 run in the second quarter and went ahead for the first time (25-24) on Khwan Fore’s layup with 1:21 left in the quarter.

• Dillard 56, Coral Springs Charter 50: CSC: Taylor 7, Kinsey 6, Lee 3, Canarte 3, Vaughn 22, Hylton 9. DIL: Grace 17, Pendergraph 6, Anderson 2, Kennedy 4, Maloney 4, Farrington 6, Wright 10, Smith 7.

•  North Broward Prep 57, Kentucky Grant County 47: NBP: Harris 8, Lewis 20, Reyes 8, Rifkind 12, Steigelfest 9. KGC: Hicks 28, Rose 3, Adkins 6, Saylor 10.

•  Flanagan 67, Coral Springs Christian 63: FLA: Norton 8, Mitchell 18, Ferdinand 6, Jeanty 5, Blyden 23, Watson 2, Schabbel 3, K.Watson 2. CSC: Outar 2, Prophete 17, Clark 2, Stewart 5, Barnes 8, Malokwu 4, Newman 17, Abado 8.

•  Coral Springs 66, Georgia Salem 47: CS: Altidort 11, Charles 18, Lima 2, Carey 1, Cobbin 10, Dewar 15, Fils 9. GS: Baker 4, Noble 10, Samuel 6, Green 1, Cook 2, Freeman 3, Long 3, Bridgeman 8, Hedgespeth 3, Greenwood 7.

•  Zion Lutheran 60, Coolidge 54: ZL: Whitty 8, Bornelus 15, Louis 2, Stone 32, Judge 3. CO: Route 8, Briggs 19, Bolden 5, Gregory 12, Rozier 2, Gaskins 4, Paige 4.

•  Deerfield Beach 55, Alabama Carver 50: AC: Nelson 2, Jones 2, Houston 17, Murphy 3, Provitt 6, Thomas 1, Wilson 3, Strugg 6, B. Murphy 10. DB: Grant 10, Carpenter 19, Houston 9, Morgan 8, Harvey 4, Johnson 1, Kelley 4.

•  Western 44, Belen Jesuit 32: WES: Radler 3, Lemour 14, Howard 7, Artaza 1, Reid 2, Lopes 4, Iaconola 6, Royes 7 . BJ: Cruz 4, Iparagguire 8, Perez 3, Fernandez 7, Medina 2, Cierra 6, Oronez 2.


• Cooper City 58, Coral Gables 19: 106: Andres Carrasco. 113: Jacob Jordan. 120: Anthony Vizcayano. 126: Joshua Fernandez-Rubio. 132: Shawn Green. 138: Jonathan Robles. 145: Joshua Roman. 152: Kelvin Suarez. 160: Eric Perez. 170: Marcus DelCastillo. 195: Kerry Curran. 220: Alex Gambach. 285: Nick Guzman.

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