By: Matt Rothman
After a dominating exhibition win to begin the season, the Coral Springs Charter School boys basketball team won their opening game after their dominating performance over Flanagan High School.
The Panthers came out of the gate strong and scored 22 first-quarter points in eight minutes en route to a 64-34 win.
Even without last year’s starting guard Yugivon Jeanty, who is out with an injury, the team had used a big performance from senior point guard Peyton Lespier. He finished with nine points, seven rebounds and a team-high of seven assists.
Kamren Ramsarran led the team with 22 points and was 4-6 from behind the arc. After a strong freshman season coming off the bench, he will be counted on for a more significant role this season.
Senior Ian Tajalli had 19 points and a team-high of nine rebounds.
As a team, the Panthers shot 54 percent from the floor and nearly 50 percent from the three.
“It was nice because it was opening day, and we had a good crowd,” said head coach Lamar Twitty, who has been coaching the team for eight years. “They brought a lot of energy, and we shot the ball better than I expected. It was an all-around team win.”
Despite only scoring six points, the Panthers take any offense they can get from their 6-foot-7 center, Dante Vongunten, known by his team as a “rim-protector” who is active on the defensive side of the ball. Gabe Elmaadawy and Domenic Johnson combined for 11 points in the win as well.
Looking ahead, Coral Springs Charter will have a demanding schedule this year, as they go up against some incredibly talented teams.
They will compete in the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Ocala Florida on Dec.27-28 and will next be in action on Dec. 2 on the road against Coconut Creek High School.
One game in particular Coach Twitty is looking forward to is the matchup with Boyd Anderson High School on Dec. 5.
Once a varsity player at Boyd Andersson, Twitty, is excited to face off against the same coaches he once played for.
Coral Springs Charter will have their only district games this year against Cardinal Gibbons, who they will face twice this season in the new year.