By: Matt Rothman
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas boys basketball team earned their second straight win Tuesday night with their victory over Flanagan High School.
The Eagles won 67-41 in their first home game since late November after a strong second half. Challenged by his head coach for the second time this season to step up, senior Josh Ruiz led MSD with a game-high 20 points off the bench. Bradley Golub was the only other Eagle to reach double digits with 11, but MSD had nine different players score points.
“I was just really happy we came out and fought hard,” Lyons said. “They shared the ball, hustled, and got on the ground for loose balls. Those don’t always show on the scoresheet, but make you a winning team.”
Early on, the Eagles started out terrific on both sides of the ball. MSD limited Flanagan to only 14 points in the first quarter and were helped out by big-time three-pointers from both Ruiz and Adrian Naile to take a three-point lead into the second quarter.
Quickly, Sean Sucarichi made his lone shot of the game with a triple and then Mike Mclaughlin picked up an offensive rebound and finished to push MSD’s lead to eight. Even while struggling from the field as a team in the second quarter, Ruiz kept the Eagles ahead going into halftime with Daniel Haviv beating the buzzer with a pretty lay-up to make it 30-23 at the break.
“I felt really good tonight,” Ruiz said. “My teammates helped me get open and get good shots. The whole game, I just wanted to increase the energy and help my teammates play well.”
The route was on in half number two with the Eagles extending their lead to as many as 27 at one point. Golub knocked down a three in the fourth quarter and had 11 of his teams 20 points in the final frame.
While Jevaughn Morris only scored four points, he was one of many players to please his coach for his defensive play and ability to push the ball in the open court. MSD limited Flanagan to very few second-chance points and were able to turn defense into offense quickly with their strong three-point shooting for their second straight game.
It will be a tough road ahead for the Eagles who will be back in action in Parkland against Fort Lauderdale High School on Wednesday, January 8, before facing Northeast the next day.