High School Sports

Jordan Wright helps Dillard earn another shot at boys’ basketball title

Dillard’s Jordan Wright scores in front of Ely’s Joshua Scott during the first half of the Big 8 Boys Basketball Championship game Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Dillard’s Jordan Wright scores in front of Ely’s Joshua Scott during the first half of the Big 8 Boys Basketball Championship game Saturday, January 30, 2016. Sun Sentinel

During Dillard’s return to the state final four, its dynamic combo forward Jordan Wright has doubled as the Panthers’ “fire marshall.”

Whenever an opponent has gone on a game-changing streak, Wright has used his rock-solid defensive lineman frame (6-5, 220) to finish off opponents.

That rare ability to take over a game is the biggest reason Dillard and coach Darryl Burrows is considered a favorite to bring back a sixth state championship.

“Jordan has grown with the program,” said Burrows, who has won five championships at the school. “He has those abilities to get in there and make things happen. Especially when we stall out there. For thirty to forty seconds, he has that total focus and is in that special class that can change a game. It’s his time.”

Dillard will try to extend its winning streak to nineteen games when it faces a scrappy Deltona (22-8) team in the Class 6A state semifinals at The Lakeland Center on Friday.

Norland, which had been the four-time defending Class 6A state champion, was the latest witness to Wright’s game-changing prowess.

In a Region 4-6A final figured to be one of the year’s best, Wright broke open a tight game with back-to-back three-point plays in the pivotal 16-6 second quarter run which lifted the Panthers over Norland 59-47.

In the Broward Big 8 championship game, Blanche Ely had momentum on its side when Wright hit a shot to turn the outcome in Dillard’s favor.

As the third quarter clock ticked down, Wright had the presence of mind to catch the ball, turn completely around and hoist a three-pointer which beat the third quarter buzzer.

Wright’s dagger highlighted a 27-point night and helped the Panthers (26-5) rally for a 68-62 victory.

“It’s just having heart,” Wright said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team come out with a win. I look at the clock and say ‘my team needs me.’ It’s time for me to step up and put them on my back. Our guys say when I start playing like that, it gets them going.”

While Raiquan Gray, Robert Johnson and Stanley Garner have had their moments, it is Wright who poses the biggest matchup problem for opponents.

Wright, who leads the team in scoring and steals (19 ppg, 2 spg), uses a distinct strength advantage to excel at four positions.

Burrows attributes that advantage on the basketball court to some of the skills which makes Wright a rising football prospect on the d-line: Explosion, quick feet, good change of direction and quick hands.

“Jordan’s football background makes him a little bit more aggressive,” Burrows said.

“His quickness and reactions have gotten better because of football. He has really come into his own as a basketball player. It is kind of scary to think where he could be next year. This kid could be a possible five-star football and five-star basketball player.”

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

BASEBALL

▪ Doral 3, Terra 1: Jorge Perez (2-1) and Oscar Trujillo combined on a one-hitter as the Firebirds beat Terra on Wednesday afternoon.

Perez got the start and gave up one hit in four innings of work, allowing no earned runs. Oscar Trujillo pitched three innings of relief and struck out seven to earn the save.

Brian Perez hit a home run, while Jordan Carrion drove in Luis Valbuena after a double. Doral improved to Doral 5-3 with the victory.

▪ University School 5, Hialeah Educational 0: Jack Schmidt (2-0) didn’t give up a hit and struck out nine in five innings of work for the host Sharks (6-1).

Mike Glantz drove in a pair of runs for University School and Kyle Oren was 2 for 3 with a run scored.

▪ Belen Jesuit 8, Sunset 2: The Wolverines (4-2) scored four in the sixth and three in the seventh to break open a close game against the host Knights (2-4).

Belen starter Albert Maury gave up one earned run and struck out three in five innings.

Also for Belen, Humberto Torres was 4-5 with two doubles and three RBI, CJ Vazquez had a pair of doubles and three RBI and Christian delCastillo drove in three runs. Gabe Trastoy walked three times and scored three runs for Belen.

▪ Westminster Christian 17, Everglades Prep 0: Alex Ruiz went 3 for 3 with 4 RBI, Miguel Cardozo hit a grand slam and Luis Aviles drove in three runs as the Warriors rolled.

SOFTBALL

▪ Dr. Krop 10, Hialeah 0: Marley Felder (WP); Taylor Coachman 2-3; Karina Delarosa 2-3, 2 RBI; Kassidy Klein 2 RBI. DrK 5-2.

▪ South Dade 11, Southridge 0: Tatum Rodriguez (4-1); Thea Ramirez 3-3, 3B, 3 RBI; Tammy Altamarano 2-2, 3 RBI; Zaria Hall 3-4, HR, 4 RBI. SD 5-1.

▪ Archbishop Curley 21, Posnack 5: Olya Seichrist (4-0) 10 K, HR, 5 RBI, 3 RS; Cecilia Saunders HR, 3B, 5 RBI; Brianna Hernandez 3 RS; Sarisha Wiggans 3 RBI, 3 RS.

▪ Southwest 12, Ferguson 5: Samantha Oliva 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI; Amanda Chica 2-3.

▪ Coral Gables 20, Miami Beach 2: Kylie Santana (2-1) 3 IP 4 K, 2-3, 3 RS; Ashley Knapp 4-4, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI; Emma Cavo HR, 3 RBI; Tatiana Campos 2B, 3 RBI. CG 3-4.

▪ Florida Christian 11, Carrolton 6: Megan Rodriguez (2-1); Faith Vazquez 2 RBI; Sam Elias 2 RS, RBI; Nat Rodriguez RS, RBI. FC 2-1.

▪ Keys Gate 11, Marathon 0: Erin McGlothlin (2-0) 12 K; Venesia Rodriguez 3-4, 2 RBI.

▪ Keys Gate 15, Westwood 0: Madison Wells (3-0) 10 K, 0 H, 3-4, HR; Lauren Richardson 2-3, 2B. KG 5-0.

▪ Monsignor Pace 8, Chaminade-Madonna 0: Sofia Dominguez 9K.

BOYS’ TENNIS

▪ Palmetto 7, Ferguson 0: 1. Matthew Fung d. Jose Ortega 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); 2. Randy Wilson d. Jose Disotuar 6-4, 6-2; 3. Jonathan Blake d. Justin Ossa 8-5; 4. Ryan Fung d. Jorge Melian 8-1; 5: Sam Stone d. Nico Ramirez 8-1; 1. Wilson/M.Fung d. Ortega/Disotuar 9-8 (7-2). Pal 4-1.

▪ MAST 7, North Miami Beach 0: 1. Richie Torres 8-0; 2. Patrick Wilson 8-0; 3. Alejandro Matar Garcia 8-1; 4. Sevann Bignon 8-0; 5. Paul Wilson 8-0; 1. Marcus Bernal/Derrick Roseman 8-0; 2. Oryan Lechter/Diego Arevalo 8-0.

▪ MAST 7, Central 0: 1. Torres 8-0; 2. Wilson 8-2; 1. Arevalo/Gabriel Sole 8-1. MAST 5-3.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

▪ Palmetto 7, Ferguson 0: 1. Ansofi Wreder d. Briana Gomez 6-1, 6-0; 2. Roxanna Montoya d. Annie Carrera 6-1, 6-2; 3. Samantha Alicea d. Elizabeth Vidal 8-0; 1. Wreder/Montoya d. Gomez/Carrera 8-5. Pal 5-0.

▪ MAST 6, North Miami Beach 1: 1. Mencia Sanchez 9-7; 2. Anabella Camacaro 8-1; 3. Isabella Camacaro 8-0; 4. Martina Ibrichimova 8-0; 5. Lucia Ors 8-2; 1. Sonsoles Lopez/Patricia Portabella 8-1. MAST 7-1.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

▪ Westminster Academy 19, Pompano Beach 10: Adam Warters 11 goals; Trent Shaw and Daniel Wood 3 each; Kelly Shulte (PB) 4 goals. WA 4-0.

▪ Belen Jesuit 13, Ransom Everglades 9: Federico Tamborrel 4 goals; Alex Alepuz 3 goals; Adrian Hernandez, Nico Tamborrel 2 goals each.

▪ Miami High 12, Hialeah 9: Olvin Villatoro and Issac Rodriquez 4 goals each; David Lemus (Hia) 7 goals.

▪ Gulliver 19, Terra 2: Lorenzo Gavazzi 5 goals; Felipe Tilkian and Caio Jordao 3 goals each. Gul 1-4.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 9, Northeast 8: Skylar Anderson (NE) 5 goals; Colton Richardson 4 goals; Remy Trodella 3 goals. CG 1-3.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

▪ Westminster Academy 18, Pompano Beach 1: Naomi Sanders 4 goals; Savannah Alday and Maddie Weissman 3 goals each; Mia Ledford (PB) goal. WA 4-0.

▪ Gulliver 17, Terra 1: Shani Rupp 5 goals; Nicole Aulicino 2 goals; Anastacia Perez goal. Gul 4-1.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 16, Northeast 7: Kelly Gest 6 goals; Megan Gest 4 goals; Christine Bergamini 3 goals. CG 3-1.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

▪ St. Brendan 12, Naples Lely 9: Carlos Clavijo 7 goals; Peter Leon 2 goals, assist. StB 2-3.

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