Host Coral Springs defeated Cypress Bay 63-51 in the Class 8A regional quarterfinals Thursday.
Sophomore forward Myron Dewar led the Colts with an efficient 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. His relentless attacks to the rim and smooth jump shot propelled Coral Springs (19-6) to its first appearance in the regional semifinals.
The Colts held the Lightning (16-9) to 36 percent shooting (17 of 47) from the field. Cypress Bay’s leader, Ross Udine, finished with 17 points on 5-of-23 shooting.
“We really came out very intense on the defensive end,” Coral Springs coach Devin Barta said. “That was absolutely the key to victory.”
After leading by one going into the fourth quarter, the visiting Eagles (16-8) went on a 10-1 run to start the fourth quarter, stretching a 37-36 lead into a 47-37 advantage before cruising in the rest of the first-round regional matchup.
Jasson Franco led Douglas with a game-high 16 points, including 10 in the opening minutes of the first quarter that put the Eagles in the driver’s seat early. They jumped out to a 19-5 lead.
Douglas will face Coral Springs in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
The Wildcats (13-10) answered with a 14-0 run to keep the game close, tying it for the last time at 19-19 before Douglas pulled away to take a 26-22 lead at halftime.
Alex Artaza made two three-pointers during the rally to keep Western within striking distance. Artaza and Chris Radler each finished with 12 points to lead Western.
Although Douglas never relinquished the lead, Western kept the game close, eventually scoring the last six points of the third quarter to come within one before the Eagles’ deciding spurt.
Guards Eli Schwartz and Ryan Allison scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Eagles.
•Region 4-7A quarterfinal — South Broward 52, Miami Central 49:
South Broward held on to beat host Miami Central in a wild finish.
The Bulldogs (10-14) used a 13-4 run to open the second half to take a 30-19 lead that eventually grew to 18 points on a pair of Austin Ottime free throws. Central’s Jacob Filsaime converted a three-point play just before the third-quarter buzzer to cut South Broward’s lead to 39-24.
That triggered a 14-3 Rockets run, as Central drew within four with 4:42 left on Filsaime’s three-pointer. Ottime hit a driving layup and sank two free throws to push the Bulldogs back up 49-40, but Filsaime buried a three and was fouled in a four-point-play sequence with 36 seconds left to cut the gap to five. Kenny Turnier’s putback pulled Central within 50-46 before South Broward’s Chris Tracey sank two free throws with 10 seconds left to make it a six-point game. Filsaine canned another three and was fouled with 4.1 seconds left, but the Rockets couldn’t get another possession to force overtime.
“When things don’t go their way, and we’re playing in a crazier crowd, we have to do a better job of responding to everything else and moving forward,” said Bulldogs coach Seth Haimovitch, whose team has been in 15 games decided by five points or less. “These games mean a lot to them. Through all the adversity that we’ve had this year, it builds their composure, it builds their strength and their resilience, and it showed [Thursday night].”
Filsaime had 16 points and Kervin Occi added 10 points for the Rockets. Ottime had 21 points and Tracey 19 points for South Broward, which advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals at Nova.
•Region 4-8A quarterfinal — Miami Beach 77, Flanagan 74:
Flanagan guard Keavon Mitchell, who led the Falcons (16-9) with 22 points, hit a three-pointer to cut Miami Beach’s lead to 75-74 with 20 seconds left. But the Hi-Tides broke Flanagan’s full-court press and got the ball to Miami Beach’s 7-1 freshman center Zach Brown underneath. He dunked it and drew a foul.
Brown missed the ensuing free throw, however, giving the Falcons a chance to tie. After calling a timeout with 6.3 seconds left, Flanagan began to run a play but had a pass deflected to halfcourt, forcing a desperation shot from there that was off the mark as time expired.
Brown, who transferred from Archbishop Curley before the season, has literally been a huge part of Miami Beach’s turnaround. He finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks.
Miami Beach trailed by as many as six in the fourth quarter and trailed 63-59 with 3:07 left before Kenneth Rolle, who finished with a game-high 25 points, drew a foul on a three-point shot from Flanagan guard Kyanti Blyden.
Following the whistle, Blyden ran down the court, arms flailing in disbelief, and was called for a technical. Rolle proceeded to make all five free throws to give Beach a 64-63 lead.
“That’s the game of basketball, and it has its momentum swings,” Flanagan coach Cliff Mayers said. “Miami Beach played a great game, but mistakes caught up with us, and we paid for it.”
The Hi-Tides did not relinquish the lead from that point on.
“The majority of this team is juniors, so I expect us to be right back in it next year,” Mayers said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
•Region 4-7A quarterfinal — Boyd Anderson 69, Delray Atlantic 53:
Boyd Anderson used a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures to defeat Delray Atlantic in a game played at Lauderdale Lakes.
Delray Atlantic jumped to an 11-6 lead and looked eager to upset the Cobras. Boyd Anderson used a zone defense, and it was able to control the pace and took a 35-30 lead into halftime.
Boyd Anderson allowed the Eagles to get within two points but scored the last seven points of the quarter to take a 44-43 lead into the fourth.
Coach Eugene Richardson switch to a man-to-man defense, and the Cobras were able to pull away with a breakaway dunk by Rodney Simeon. Donde Duffus led Boyd Anderson with 15 points and six rebounds.
Nick Eubanks, Rodney Simeon and Diandre Wilson had 14, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Latron Nelson carried the Eagles with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Quinton Duvall added 15.
Boyd Anderson will play host to district rival Blanche Ely on Tuesday.