Kajva Kinsey made a game-tying three-pointer with 34 seconds left and Austin Vaughn converted the go-ahead free throw with 15.7 seconds left as upstart Coral Springs Charter staged a dramatic late game rally to defeat Northwood Temple Academy (N.C.) 60-59 in the Kreul Classic Publix Challenge semifinals on Friday.
Alonzo Taylor (19 points) was brilliant down the stretch, knocking down a deep three-pointer with 3:47 left to tie the game at 53 before driving the baseline and kicking the ball out to Kinsey for a wide-open three-point attempt.
“The last play was for me, but I saw Kajva wide open, and he made the big shot,” Taylor said. “A lot of people overlooked us getting into the Kreul, so this is real big win for our program.”
Vaughn tied Taylor with a game-high 19 points as Coral Springs Charter advanced to its first Kreul Championship game at the Coral Springs City gym against Dillard on Saturday at 4. Dillard defeated Prestonwood (Texas) 60-59 in overtime.
It was the defining victory Panthers coach Alex Groothius so desperately needed after a Jekyl-and-Hyde start to the season.
The Panthers upset reigning Class 2A state champion Boca Grandview Prep 81-77 on Dec. 4 for the biggest win in school history only to lose back-to-back games to Community School of Naples (44-35) and District 14-4A rival North Broward Prep (52-47).
Groothius hopes Friday’s stirring comeback victory is a sign the Panthers (7-4) are starting to develop the mental toughness necessary to get out of a wide-open district and make a deep postseason run.Deerfield Beach 65, Chicago DeLasalle 53: DB (9-1): North Broward Prep 53, Coral Springs 52: CS: NBP:
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