By: Matt Rothman
Unlike other teams in the county, the Coral Springs High School basketball team opened their season early and competed in a pair of tournaments during winter break.
On December 18, the Colts faced several top teams in Miami and finished with a 2-1 record in the Kreul Classic as they started with a win over Somerset Prep Academy Charter School 82-56 in their opening game.
Greg Spate, who was later named to the all-tournament team, finished the game with 15 points. Jonathan Fils had 14, while 11 players on the team had at least three points.
Coral Springs then fell in their next game to Mater Academy Charter but finished the tournament with a one-point victory in overtime over Mater Lakes Academy on December 22.
This time, senior Kymani Quarrie led the team with 13 points, and Carl Rosier added 12 while Jevaughn Morris finished three assists shy of a triple-double. Morris had 10 points, including a highlight-worthy putback dunk, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. He also added two steals on the defensive side of the ball.
“I was really happy with our effort,” said Head Coach Devin Barta. “We went out and executed how we practice, and I was really excited to start the season out on a winning note.”
The Colts had a brief break over the Christmas holiday and then returned with two more victories in the Sunshine State Basketball Explosion in Coconut Creek on Monday and Tuesday. Their first win came against Key West High School 78-52, with Sam Lafauci scoring 15 points, and then Coral Springs beat Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Miami) 86-60.
The victory also was Berta’s 100th win at Coral Springs as he returned to Colts in 2020 after coaching elsewhere for a pair of seasons.
The Colts will have the rest of the week off for the new year and will be back on the court on Monday, January 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Western High School. They will then play the following day at home Northeast High School before finishing the week at St. Thomas Aquinas High School on Friday, January 8.
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