Late run helps Boyd Anderson top Blanche Ely

Boyd Anderson overcame a 37-point outburst by Ely star point guard Lance Tejada with a dramatic fourth-quarter rally to stun Blanche Ely 55-54 in the District 14-7A championship game at Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

The Cobras’ Dondre Duffus lost the statistical battle to his counterpart Tejada 39-19, but it was Duffus’ two free throws with 5.9 seconds left that capped a 13-4 game closing run for the Class 7A No. 2 Cobras.

“This was big,” Duffus said. “Ely said they would beat us when it counts. We had to secure this W. But we’re going to see them again soon. It’s going to be a good game. It might be the best rivalry in Florida.”

Boyd Anderson has taken three of four matchups in arguably the state’s most riveting series and will most likely be in line for a fifth shot at their archrivals in the regional semifinals.

Until the Cobras’ dramatic comeback, Tejada was the talk of the district championship game with seven three-pointers, including one each to beat the second-quarter buzzer and third-quarter buzzer in dramatic fashion.

No. 3 Ely had a 50-42 lead with 2:11 left only to watch the Cobras come up with the biggest plays when it mattered most.

The Cobras’ 6-6 forward Nick Eubanks banked in a shot after grabbing an offensive rebound before Rodney Simeon shook off an ice-cold shooting night with a three-pointer from the left wing to cut the lead to 50-48 with 1:30 left.

Pitchon Pierre’s three-point play cut it to a 54-53 deficit before Tejada lost the ball on a hard push upcourt.

Duffus was fouled on a drive to the basket on the ensuing possession and drained the winning free throws to seal his first district title.

• Boyd Anderson 55, Blanche Ely 54: BA (22-5): Duffus 19, I. Pierre 8, P. Pierre 8, Simeon 4, Eubanks7, Romain 9. Ely (20-4): Tejada 37, Heastie 3, Anderson 5, Floyd 2, Goodrum 7. Half: Ely 27-23. Three-pointers: Tejada 7, Heastie 1, Goodrum 1, Simeon 1, Duffus 2, P. Pierre 2.

•  District 15-7A Final: Nova (16-5) 60, South Broward (9-14) 48.


• Late Thursday-Regional Quarterfinals: Miami Country Day 92, Marathon 15: MCD (22-3):Mackenzie 8, Anyagaligbo 15, Berry 12, Lewis 11, Minott 22, Alvarez 13, Edwards 2, Bauson 6, Iadarola 3. MAR: Qualls 11, Raytmond 2, Wellever 2. Halftime: Miami Country Day 48-6.

• Late Thursday-2A Quarterfinals: Hebrew Academy 59, Colonial Christian 8: HA (14-3): Weiss 6, Dobin 9, Kahn 2, Matis 16, Suster 4, Chami 10, Gordon 4, Wolfson 2, Sedhigim 2, Smith 4. CC:Martin 1, Velasquez 4, Suengas 1, Vasel 2. Rebound: Dobin 11, Matis 11. Assists: Weiss 7. Halftime 45-5.


•  Late Friday-Chaminade 12, John Carroll 2: WP: McCabe (1-0). LP: Rosado (0-1). Top performers: Cecelia Siegel 2-3, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 Runs. Dana DeFalco 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Lexi Patalano 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI. Kimberly Paulino 1-2, 2B, run, 2 RBI. Megan Sorg 2-3, 2 runs.

• Late Thursday-Braddock d. Coral Park 15-0: WP: Ginyer Morales (1-1) 2-4, double, 2 runs. Top performers: Janeese Santana 2-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs. Beatriz Navarro 2-4, 3 RBIs.

• Late Thursday-Palmetto d. South Dade 9-4: WP: Amanda Guglieta (2-0) LP: Christina B. Top performers: Megan Greenwell 3-4, 2 runs. Victoria Rogers 2-4, run, RBI. Nicole Pepe 2-4, double, 2 RBI. PAL 2-0

• Late Thursday-Archbishop Caroll d. La Salle 16-1: WP: Justine Cinalli (1-0). LP: Bill (0-1). Jennifer Blanchard 2-2 double, triple, 4 RBI, 2 runs. Emily Vaglio 2-2, 2 hits, BB 2 runs. Mailyn Gonzalez 1-1, hit, 2 BB, 3 runs. ACC 1-0.

• Late Thursday-Westminster Christian d. Doral 5-0: WP: Kelli Kleis (1-0). LP: Jenny Acevedo. Top performers: Brittany Husk 4-4, HR, triple. Kelli Kleis HR, 9 Ks. Kaitlyne Musa 2-3. WC 1-0.

• Late Thursday-Lourdesd. Gables 2-0: WP: Chanel Wilson (1-1). LP: Vicky Vega (1-0). Sofia Toche 3-4, 5 RBIs, 3 runs. Chanel Wilson: 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, 2 SB. Lauren Perna 2-3, 3 RBIs.


•  Late Friday-Palmer Trinity 3, Sagemont 2: LP: Edgar Abreau.

• Late Thursday-Ferguson d. Reagan 3-2: WP: Joseph Campo (1-0). Eduardo Zavala 2-4, RBI. Andy Garcia 6 Ks, hit. Joseph Campo pitched 2 innings/no hit.

• Late Thursday-Miami High d. Jackson 12-4: WP: Andy Escano. LP: Yohn Hernandez. Argenis Hernandez 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs. Chris Torres 3-4, HR, 4 RBIs. Andy Escano 9 K's/5 innings pitched.


• Late Thursday-Westminster Academy d. Sheridan Hills 7-0: 1: Calhoun d. Andrade 6-0,6-0. Klinge d. Bialy 6-1,6-0. Jones d. Louis 6-1,6-1. G. Revier d. Tejada 6-0,6-0. Ritter d. Langsworth 6-0,6-0. 2: Klinge/G.Revier d. Andrade/Bialy 8-1. Jones/L.Revier d. Louis/Tejada 8-0.

• Late Thursday-Pace d. Dade Christian 6-1: Alfonso d. Hernandez 8-5. Martinez d. Clanton 8-4. Casadevall d. Alvardo 8-2. LeSende d. Gonzalez 8-2. LeMieux d. Dube 8-0. 2: Martinez/Gomez d. Buber/Alvardo 3-2. Alfonso/Casadevall d. Gonzalez/Chicon 4-0.

• Late Wednesday- La Salle d. Pace 5-1: 1: Garcia d. Casadevall 8-0. Feyad d. Alfonse 8-1. Robredo d. Martinez 8-1. Taqueshel d. Gomez 8-0. 2: Casadevall/Alfonso d. Garcia/Mena 8-3. Feyad/Perez d. Martinez/Gomez 8-0.

• Late Tuesday-St. Brendan d. Pace 6-1: 1: Lanata d. LeMieux 8-5. Miller d. Casadevall 8-3. Ciardellic d. Alfonso 8-1. Randeros d. Martinez 8-0. Barbiete d. Gomez 8-0. 2: Lanata/Miller d. LeMieux/Casadevall 8-5. Alfonso/Martinez d. Ciardellic/Ronderos 8-5.


• Late Thursday-Westminster Academy d. Sheridan Hills 6-1: 1: Stan d. Nunez 6-3,3-6,10-6. Harbour d. Hernandez 6-0, 6-0. Climenhage d. Chipman 6-2, 6-0. Markowski d. Rincon 6-0,6-0. Helmholdt d. Sichak 6-0, 6-0. 2: Carter/Abernethy d. Stan/Hernandez 8-4. Markowski /Manning d. Chipman/Rincon 8-2.

• Late Thursday-Pace d. Dade Christian 5-2: 1: LeSende d. Mcintosh 8-2. Dilzer d. Salazar 6-8. Collazos d. Davenport 8-6. Hernandez d. Marquez 8-5. Fernandez-Blay d. Azcuy 7-9. 2:LeSende/Salazar d. Mcintosh/Dilzer 6-4. Hernandez/Collazos d. Dabenport/Marquez 3-2.

• Late Wednesday- La Salle d. Pace 6-0: 1: Raffetti d. Collazos 8-0. Felder d. Hernandez 8-1. Hernandez Pons d. Salazar 8-0. Garcia d. Azcuy 8-0. 2: Hernandez-Pons/Rusch d. Collazos/Hernandez 8-2. Heinz/Pineiro d. Salazar/Azcuy 8-0.

• Late Tuesday-Pace d. St. Brendan 4-3: 1: Hoang d. Collazos 8-0. Botero d. Hernandez 8-1. Salazar d. Labrador 8-6. 2: Robert/Botero d. Collazos/ Hernandez 8-3. Salazar/Azcuy d. SB forfeit 8-0.

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