Bring on Boyd Anderson.
Two-time defending Class 7A state champion Blanche Ely set up a winner-take-all fifth and final showdown against the Cobras, its District 14-7A rival, with a 63-56 road victory over Royal Palm Beach in the Class 7A regional quarterfinals Thursday.
Lance Tejada scored Ely’s first seven points of the fourth quarter, and 6-7 forward Therrell Gosier provided the icing on the cake with a steal and tomahawk dunk with 1:31 left to secure a Blanche Ely-Boyd Anderson matchup Tuesday in the regional semifinals.
For Ely to keep its bid for a three-peat alive, it will have to end a three-game skid to Boyd Anderson since defeating the Cobras 78-75 in the team’s first matchup.
“We get that matchup that we wanted against Boyd Anderson,” said Tejada, who finished with 20 points. “Those three victories they had against us don’t mean anything. All that matters is who wins next Tuesday and who will be moving on to states.”
Unlike the District 14-7A championship game last Saturday when Tejada was a one-man show with 37 points and Ely still lost 55-54, the Tigers’ supporting cast showed up this time.
Joshua Floyd finished with 15 points, Gosier added 18 points, six rebounds and five blocks, and Javon Heastie hit two key three-pointers and had a team-high five steals. It was Floyd who provided the early spark with 11 quick first-quarter points to stake No. 4 Ely (21-4) to a 25-13 lead.
“I didn’t play good in the district championship game, so I had to come out here and help my teammates tonight,” Floyd said. “I was aggressive early and that gave us a spark. This was a total team effort. Lance can’t do it by himself.”
A rematch with No. 3 Boyd Anderson was very much in doubt after Travis Weatherington, who finished with a game-high 24 points, hit one of his five three-pointers to give the Wildcats a 44-42 lead, their first of the game, with 4:42 left in the third quarter.
But Ely answered with a 10-4 run to close the third quarter before Tejada scored the Tigers’ first seven points of the final frame to spoil the Wildcats’ first home regional quarterfinal appearance.
Tejada opened the fourth quarter with a layup, then came up with a steal from Weatherington on a post-up before extending the Tigers’ lead to 59-50 with 2:23 left with another layin.
•Region 4-8A quarterfinal: McArthur 55, Miami High 54 (OT):
McArthur won its first regional boys’ basketball playoff game in 11 years, defeating visiting Miami High in overtime.
The Mustangs (19-6) advanced to Tuesday’s Class 8A regional semifinals, where they will play host to Miami Beach.
“This is huge,” said McArthur second-year coach Warren Gale, who has nine juniors on his roster. “This means everything to this school.”
McArthur, which had lost five consecutive regional playoff games, looked to have won the game in regulation when 6-4 freshman Terrell Turner, who had 11 points, hit a runner in the lane with four seconds left.
“I don’t think there’s a freshman in the county that puts the ball in the basket better than him,” Gale said. “He’s saved us in many games this year.”
But Miami High’s 6-6 sophomore forward Marlon Sierra drew a shooting foul on Corey Brown with 0.3 seconds left. Sierra’s first free throw bounced off the front rim and in, and the second was a straight swish to force overtime.
McArthur never trailed in overtime, sending Miami High (15-13) to its first one-and-done regional playoff since 2006.
The Mustangs, who start all underclassmen, were led by 6-2 junior shooting guard Derric Jean, who had 16 points, including a dynamic dunk over a Miami High defender.
McArthur point guard Majestic Tejada scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half.
Flanagan 5, Coral Springs Christian 0: WP: Kharlin Sued. LP: Muhammad.
CSC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
FLA 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 – 5
CC 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 – 5
PC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
CH 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 – 6
US 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
CS 0 0 0 – 0
MN 15 3 0 – 18
•University School 5, Posnack 2:
1. Harrison Gold d. Mark Sedotozskiy 8-5. 2. Alek Zager d. Harrsion Milgrim 8-2. 3. Alt Yurttutan d. Adam Leidowich 8-0. 4. Agusto Cardenas d. Jason Mark 8-0. 5. Evan Gutkin d. Justin Eteine 8-1. Doubles: Gold/Milgrim d. Sedotozskiy/Zager 8-3. Yurttutan/Cardenas d. Leidowich/Mark 8-0. US 3-1.
Andrew Puglisi (AMHS) d. Xander Gomez 8-6
Kevin Shen (NBP) d. Fabian LaFontant 8-6
Chris Wheeler-Sabatino (AMHS) d. Eric Nayman 8-4
Spencer Kallor (NBP) d. Walter Paniagua 8-1
Luis Gallego (AMHS) d. Matthew Bader 9-8 (11-9)
Kallor/Gomez NBP d. Puglisi/LaFontant 8-5
Shen/Nayman (NBP) d. Gallego/Nicolas Goncalves 8-5
NBP 4, AMHS 3
•Posnack 4, University School 2:
1. Alyssia Zlatkin d. Ana Grouzetz 8-6. 2. Amber Tzinn d. Arielle Barr 8-1. 3. Jordan Kramer d. Shelbie Kahn 8-2. 4. Nikki Thussid d. Amelia Melen 8-2. 5. Hanna Seakons d. Alicia Bell 8-6. Doubles: Grouzetz/Tzinn d. Zlatkin/Barr 8-4. US 1-3.
•Archbishop McCarthy 4, North Broward 3:
Brittany Golden (NBP) d. Raquel Gil 8-3. Kelsey Berman (AMHS) d. Sofia Cirias 8-4. Anastasia Fersanova (NBP) d. Paola Gonzalez 8-5. Gloria Cabrero (AMHS) d. Rina Arai 8-0. Antonella Castillo (AMHS) d. Stacy Baranova 8-3. Golden/Corias (NBP) d. Gil/Jessica Menendez 8-0. Berman/Cabrero (AMHS) d. Baranova/Randi Petragnani 8-0.