3 Local High School Boys Basketball Teams Put Up Excellent Effort at Districts

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By: Matt Rothman

While the Coral Glades, Coral Springs Charter, and J.P. Taravella boys basketball all fell in District Championships this week, the teams, who came in as major underdogs, put up a strong effort.

Coral Glades

Despite a strong effort from Coral Glades, the Jaguars fell 51-48 to Fort Lauderdale High School in their playoff game.

The Jaguars finished the season with a record of 6-17 following wins over Hollywood Hills, Coconut Creek, Piper, CSC, Northeast, and Pompano Beach High School. This was also the final game for senior Bryan Etienne, Brandon Elrod, Daniel Fernandez, and Jayshaun Pringle, as these four players are set to graduate this spring.

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Coral Glades boys basketball on Senior Night. {Courtesy}

“The last game was a culmination of the season- strong effort, but lack of experience got us in the end,” said Head Coach Nicolas Carr. “We only played a handful of games last season due to COVID, and that cost us development. The offseason is ours.

Coral Springs Charter

In their first playoff game under Head Coach Francis Thomas, CSC fell to top-seeded Calvary Christian Academy 73-43 in the District Quarterfinal.

It was a tough season for the Panthers, who won only one game. It came over for Somerset Academy 55-52 on December 17. CSC will, though, return many key players for the 2022-23 season as Coach Thomas gets set for his second year with the varsity team.

J.P. Taravella

It was an excellent comeback for J.P.Taravella, but it came up a little short as the Trojans fell in their playoff game. The Trojans trailed 56-29, heading into the final quarter, and outscored their opponent 30-18. However, it was not enough as JPT finished the season 7-16.

4 Coral Springs High School Boys Basketball Teams Compete in Districts

J.P. Taravella Basketball. {JPT Athletics}

Also, the incredible careers of Fernando Garrido, Jeremy Stewart, James Dixson, Arturo Meeks, Dorsainvil Jean Jr., and Le’jaugh Franklyn came to and ended after a great run.

“With all these wins and lessons throughout the season, we are pleased with the first building block,”  said Head Coach Curtis Bonny. “The future of Taravella’s basketball program is built on because we are built different,”

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Matt Rothman

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Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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