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Coral Springs Charter boys’ basketball beats Monsignor Pace, makes first state final four

 
 
Coral Springs Charter’s Austin Vaughn drives to the hoop past Monsignor Pace's Josh Ferguson during their Region 4-4A boys' basketball final at Coral Springs Charter on Feb. 21, 2014.
Coral Springs Charter’s Austin Vaughn drives to the hoop past Monsignor Pace's Josh Ferguson during their Region 4-4A boys' basketball final at Coral Springs Charter on Feb. 21, 2014.
Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

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By time Coral Springs Charter guard Kajuan Kinsey nailed a three-pointer to extend the lead over Miami Pace to 91-67 with 6:05 left in the Region 4-4A finals, the only suspense left was when the Panthers would hit the century mark.

Kinsey provided the answer when his three-pointer from the right wing with 4:29 left gave the Panthers a 101-71 lead — the exclamation point on a 111-91 run-away victory on Friday that sent the upstart Panthers to the FHSAA State Final Four for the first time.

As the final buzzer sounded the Panthers’ bench, coaches, faculty, fans with the Panthers’ mascot in tow, stormed the Coral Springs Charter court to celebrate a historic first.

“When we came here we could barely field a team for tryouts,’’ said Panthers four-year coach Alex Groothius. “Now we are headed to states for the first time. I am so happy for our school, faculty and students and mostly for our players. They deserve it. I told the team after the game, let’s continue crashing the party.”

Backed by a raucous student rooting section, who stood throughout the Panthers’ first regional final, the Panthers (16-10) overwhelmed the Spartans (20-11) behind an unstoppable forward tandem of 6-4 Karl Hylton who finished with a career-high 33 points and 6-5 swingman Austin Vaughn who added 29 points.

Hylton scored 10 of the Panthers first 21 points as the Panthers raced out to a 21-13 lead with 2:47 left and never took their foot off the pedal. What most expected to be a tightly contested Regional Final turned into a layup line at times for the Panthers, who regularly beat the Spartans downcourt for uncontested layups.

“Coral Springs Charter jumped on us and early and we were kind of scrambling,’’ said Pace coach Anthony Serro. “We have been behind a lot and that doesn’t necessarily do us in. But when you have a group that is experienced and that has been through it like Charter, its different.”

The Panthers hope to make more history on Tuesday when they face perennial state power, No. 7 Jacksonville Ribault (27-3) in the FHSAA Class 4A State semifinals at the Lakeland Center.

Kinsey, who finished with 20 points, including four three-pointers, has been the “X” factor for the Panthers and will most likely need another big game for the Panthers to keep its magical run going.

Pace star guard C.J. Fisher did everything he could to keep the Spartans in the game with a team-high 27 points and his backcourt partner Sebastian Jean added 21 points but on this night, nothing was going to stop the Panthers’ rendition of Showtime.

Alonzo Taylor (16 points eight assists), doing his best Magic Johnson impression, threw a length of the court pass to a wide open Hylton under the basket to push the lead to 39-26 with 6:15 left in the second quarter.

Jean gave the Spartans a brief spark with three consecutive baskets to cut the lead to 41-32 only to have Taylor hit back to back baskets and Kinsey convert a reverse layup to help the Panthers take control for good with a 51-37 lead with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

“I am so happy to go to states right now,’’ Hylton said. “First time ever. I was pretty hyped before the game. It is a big win for our program. We have one mission, one team, Lakeland Center. I didn’t come into this game expecting anything less. We are playing real good basketball right now.”

Danny Duarte added 21 points and Rudolph Wilson had nine points for the Spartans.

Region 4-4A championship game—Coral Springs Charter 111, Miami Monsignor Pace 91:MP (20-11): Sanvil 2, Ferguson 2, Duarte 21, Ogugua 2, Wilson 9, Alvarez 2, DelCastillo 3, King 2, Fisher 27, Jean 21. CSC (16-10): Vaughn 29, Hylton 33, Taylor 16, Kinsey 20, Lee 7, Fraiser 2, Lepping 2, Canarte 2. Half: CSC 54-42. Three-pointers: Taylor 1, Kinsey 4, Jean 1, Fisher 2, DelCastillo 1, Wilson 2, Duarte 4. Rebounds: Vaughn 12, Lee 10. Steals: Hylton 1. Assists: Taylor 8, Kinsey 6.

•  Region 4-2A Final — Jamal Palmer scored 32 points and came up with a big steal late to help Grandview Prep hold off Calusa Prep 66-53 in the Region 4-2A finals in Boca Raton to send the Pride back to Lakeland to defend their Class 2A state championship.

With the Colts making a push in the final six minutes after cutting a 14-point deficit to 52-46 and a chance to make it closer, Calusa’s Abel Seda went for a spin move that swung the momentum back to Grandview. Palmer picked his pocket out of nowhere and went in for a fast break dunk.

“There were like two of three possessions there when we were within six. Our guys, they battled, they battled, I am proud of them,” Calusa Prep coach Derrick De La Grana said.

Juwan Frazier then hit a put back to push the lead back to 56-46. Calusa could never get closer than six the rest of the way.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Palmer, also had 18 rebounds and three steals.

“He’s a very good player. He’s always under control. We tried our best to stay in front of him,” De La Grana said of Palmer.

Seda led Calusa with 28 points, but the Colts struggled early and often with turnovers against Grandview’s press. Calusa also missed Victor Pena in the first half a great deal after he picked up his second foul with four minutes to play in the first quarter relegating him to the bench for much of the half.

Pena scored nine points in the third quarter and helped keep the Colts in the game, but they could never sustain any kind of run against the extremely athletic Pride.

“It affected us a lot. We run everything through [Pena] early. To not have him there, it was tough,” De La Grana said.

Grandview Prep captured the Class 2A state championship last season with a team of seniors. It will play for another title next week with no seniors and only one starter from last season’s team.

“It will be new for them. We have no seniors, but they got to see the court this week with the girls winning the title,” Grandview Prep coach Joe Dawson said. “We have one starter from last year’s team. We just need to go out and play.”

Calusa trailed 16-13 at the end of the first following a half court buzzer beater by Seda and only trailed 36-26 at the half because Grandview missed 14 first half free throws, but the Pride was able to hit their final six free throws to clinch the game.

Calusa Prep (22-9) – Seda 28, Alexander 5, Levarity 6, Colon 2, Fernandez 3, Pena 9.

Grandview Prep (24-5) – Palmer 32, Frazier 14, Coblin 10, Dial 5, Marcelin 1, Glinton 1, Miller 3.

Half: GP 36-26. Three-Pointers: Seda 4, Alexander, Palmer 2, Dial, Frazier 2, Miller. Fouled Out: Alexander. Rebounds: Palmer 18. Steals: Palmer, Frazier 3. Assists: Frazier 4.

AWARDS BANQUET

The 28th annual Louie Bing Athletic Scholarship Fund, Inc. banquet will be held March 1 at Florida Memorial University. Among the honorees will be football official and St. Thomas Aquinas track coach Alex Armenteros, Booker T. Washington football coach Tim "Ice" Harris, Central football coach Roland Smith, Ronald Reagan football coach John Lopez, GMAC head football official Ronald Paige, educators Sheila Jackson, Lawrence Kennedy, Alonzo Vereen and Edward Taylor. A special recognition Community Service Award will also be presented to Freeman Wyche and his wife Anna.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 305-233-0652 or 305-302-4544.

BASEBALL

• Columbus 15, Coral Park 5:

COL 2 0 6 0 5 0 2 — 15 11 1

CP 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 — 5 7 3

WP: Matt Marini 2-0. LP: M. Perez Top Performers: Ryan Alvarez 4-4, HR, 2 doubles, single, 5 RBIs. Nelson Mompier 3-4, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBIs. COL 6-2.

• Coral Gables 2, Ferguson 1:

CG 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 2 4 2

FER 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 5 0

WP: Victor Quintero. LP: Garcia. SV: Bryan Melendez. Top Performers: Victor Quintero 4 IP, 0 runs. Bryan Melendez 3 IP, 0 runs, 5 Ks. Raymond Gonzalez 2-3, SB. CG 5-0.

• Field of Dreams Classic- Killian 6, Hialeah Gardens 4

KIL 2 3 0 0 1 0 — 6 6 0

HG 0 2 0 0 1 1 — 4 5 2

WP: Maikhail Cunill. Top Performers: Dany Cumba 3-3. Joey Gonzalez 3 runs. Keith Stevens double, 2 RBIs. KIL 6-1

• Reagan 7, Mater Lakes 2:

RR 0 0 0 7 0 0 0

ML 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

WP: Carlos Mancilla 4 IP, run. SV: Steven Feirabend 3 IP, 5 Ks. Top Performers: Edgar Pages double, 2 RBIs. Christain Gonzalez double, 2 RBIs.

• Gulliver 11, Ransom Everglades 1:

GP 0 1 2 1 7 X X — 11 10 1

RE 0 0 0 0 1 X X — 1 4 2

WP: Mike Gonzalez. Top Performers: Max Bochner 2-3, 2 RBI. Brent Diaz 3-3, RBI, 2 R. Stephan Alonso 2-3, 3 RBI.

• Brito Miami 7, La Salle 2:

BM 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 — 3 7 0

LS 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 — 2 4 2

WP: Marco Bolano (2-0). Top Performers: JC Milan 2-4, 2 B. Savian Fernandez 2-4. Mauricio Amaral 1-3, BB. BM 5-1.

• Homestead 13, North Miami 1:

HH 3 1 1 0 3 5 — 13 13 0

NM 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 0 3

WP: Danny Moreno 6 IP, no hits, run. LP: D. Sam. Top Performers: Mark Nikols 3-4. David Villisane 2-3, 3 RBIs. HH 3-2.

• Southridge 8, Mourning 3:

SR 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 — 8 15 5

AM 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 — 3 4 3

WP: Octavio Mirabal (2-0). Top Performers: Jamar Criss 3-4, triple, 3 RBIs. Josten Heron 3-4, 2 triples. Mirabal 5 IP, 1R, 0H, 7K. SR 4-1. AM 2-2.

• Belen 2, TERRA 1:

BEL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 2 4 0

TER 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 5 0

WP: Pablo Arevalo. LP: Bartow. SV: Hugo Duenas. Top performers:Arevalo 6 IP, 4 hits, 4 Ks, run. Alex Cabrera 1-3, Run. Chris delCastillo 1-2, Run. Marcos Perez 1-1, 2 RBIs. BEL 3-2. TER 2-1.

• Southwest 4, South Miami 3:

SM 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 — 3 7 3

SW 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 — 4 11 2

WP: Jason Grana. LP: Kevin Capote. Top Performers: Alfredo Morejon 3-5. Israel Luis 3-3, BB. SW 1-3.

SOFTBALL

• Palmer Trinity 13, Calvary Christian 3:

PT 2 1 2 0 4 4 X — 13 6 2

CC 0 0 3 0 0 0 X — 3 4 5

WP: Llenelly. LP: A. Chang (1-1). CC 2-3.

• American 3, Western 0: WP: Andrea Rincon (4-0) 7 IP, 4Ks, 0 ER. LP: Amanda Furar. Top Performers: Alexandra Fernandez 2-3. Vanessa Abreu 1-2, RBI. Amanda Sosa 1-3, RBI.

• Late Thursday-Braddock 17 , Lourdes Academy 7: WP: Ginyer Morales. LP: Vicky Vega. Top Performers: Ginyer Morales 4-5, 4 runs scores, 4 RBI's. Cristal Parrales 2-4, 4 runs scored, RBI. Eileen Bermudez 2-3, run scored, RBI.

BOYS’ TENNIS

• Gulliver 7, Doral Academy 0: Laurenti Schinteie 8-2. Andre Libnic 8-3. Ben Roque 8-1. Omar Zarif 8-0. David Klein 8-5. GP 3-0.

• Miami Country Day 6, La Salle 1: Shaun Berman 8-0. Alec Koss 8-0. Matt Kanter 8-2.

• Late Thursday- Mater Academy 5, Hialeah Miami Lakes 2: Singles: Debrian Figueroa 8-3. Orlando Hayes 8-2. Rodrigo Morgado 8-3. David Lopez 8-0. Doubles: Hayes/Morgado 8-3. Didonna/ Gonzalez 8-3.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

• Ransom Everglades 14, Calvary Christian 4: RE: Mack Shoer 7 goals, assist. Nic Murphy 3 goals, assist. Tyler Martin 17 saves. CC: David Falvatelli 2 goals. CC 0-2. RE 4-0.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

• Gulliver 7, Doral Academy 0: Alyssa Pujals 8-0. Lindy Lyons 8-0.Taylor Hill 8-0. Sammy Tano 8-0. GP 4-0.

• Miami Country Day 4, l:a Salle 3: Celina Lindeman 8-2. Elizabeth Kasparaitis 8-0. Mina Seigal 8-1.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

• Ransom Everglades 22, Miami Country Day 1: Chelsea Johnson 6 goals. Sofia Carrera Justiz 4 goals. Katie Pfleger 3 goals.

BOYS” WATER POLO

• Ransom Everglades 13, Miami Country Day 7: Camilo Henau 2 goals. Nico Ramos 2 goals. Paul Kalandiak 2 goals.

Miami High 12, Hialeah Gardens 3: Alejandro Rodriquez 4 goals. Wilson Benegas 11 saves. Joseph Trujillo 2 goals. Logan Elcoro 2 goals. MH 1-0.

• Late Thursday-Columbus 16, Southwest 10: Ryan dawson 6 goals. Jorge Rizo 5 goals. Julian Gonzalez 3 goals. CC 1-0.

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