Junior Jonathan Nunez scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds and 6-foot-4 senior Miguel Ayesa added 19 points – including two crucial fourth-quarter three-pointers – to lead Doral Academy to a 56-50 win over visiting Oakland Park Northeast Saturday night in the region 4-7A final in front of a capacity, standing-room-only crowd.
While Miami Northwestern’s girls and St. Thomas Aquinas’ boys teams each earned team championships at the annual Sam Burley Invitational, it was the individual performance of Plantation American Heritage’s Anthony Schwartz that had the crowd buzzing at Tropical Park Saturday night.
Forrest’s teammates did much more than “pick up the slack” Friday – senior guard Anthony Byrd scored a game-high 23 points and senior forward Wilkenson Isnord notched a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds to propel Blanche Ely to an easy 89-65 victory over the visiting Mustangs in the region 4-8A final.
After taking a 19-point lead midway through the first quarter, extending that lead to 22 points late in the third quarter, Miramar narrowly survived a feverish rally from visiting North Miami Tuesday night – with the Patriots holding on to capture a 68-64 victory in the region 4-9A semifinals.
Piper’s boys and Dillard’s girls took home team titles this past weekend at the annual Walter Dix Relays at Coral Springs High.
Facing each other for the fifth time in the regional finals in as many years, it was Miami High that rallied back from a halftime deficit and emerged victorious Friday night – defeating Ferguson 50-48 in an intense battle in front of a capacity crowd at The Asylum to clinch a spot in the Class 9A state semifinals.
Teams have to make and withstand runs – Doral Academy did both Thursday night, making an early run; withstanding a third-quarter spurt from visiting Carol City; and responding with another run to secure a 51-45 victory over the Chiefs in the region 4-7A quarterfinals.