By: Matt Rothman
Coral Glades boys basketball had an impressive start to the season, playing in a Thanksgiving Day tournament in Washington.
Not only were the Jaguars able to pick up their first win of the season, but Stefan Whittingham recorded his first win as head coach. A 2010 graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School, Whittingham played college basketball and most recently coached at Fort Lauderdale High School.
Whittingham calls the first win amazing and can’t say enough about the support he received since taking over.
“From Dr. Kaplan all the way to the community, we have had nothing but love from everyone, and it means the world to us,” said Whittingham. “Words cannot describe how much the win meant to our group.”
On Wednesday, Coral Glades defeated Urbana High School (Illinois) 78-59 behind 22 points from Ramez Zayed. The junior also added eight rebounds and ten steals. Matthew Curprew-Elsy added 16 points and six rebounds, while Tahir Bond had 12. He had seven steals as Coral Glades had 25 as a team.
Dominic Smith was the fourth player to finish in double figures with ten. They also got six points from Greyson Thomas and Dylan Burrowes, while Austin Proctor, Marques Vassor, and Aaron Greenhouse scored.
The Jaguars fell in their next game against Blytheville High School (Arkansas) 54-45 on Thanksgiving. Burrows led the team with 14 while Bond chipped in ten before Coral Glades finished the tournament with a 54-53 win over St. Pius Academy Matthias Academy on Friday.
Despite trailing by six heading into the final quarter, the Jaguars quickly went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Curprew-Elsy and Zayed each had big baskets late before Bond closed the game with a pair of free throws. They then went on to beat Washington Community High School 54-50 in their final game. Zayed once again led the team with 15 points and Curprew-Elsy had 14 to improve their record to 3-1 to start the season.
Next, the Jaguars, who won six games in 2021-22, will have their home opener on Monday, Nov. 28, against Northeast High School. They will also have games against Western and J.P. Taravella later in the week.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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