Behind 38 points from Brandon Knight, Pine Crest defeated American Heritage (19-10) 90-76 in the regional semifinals of the class 3A playoffs. Kenny Boynton (29 points), Ray Taylor (17 points), Eloy Vargas (12 points) and Jake Wheeler (12 points) helped the cause for the Patriots who trailed 40-39 at the half. The Panthers took a 65-60 lead after 3 quarters before expanding their lead and defeating Heritage for the third time this season in four games. There are two more webisodes of The Perfect Rotation left. We’ll recap this game next week and then have the season conclusion.
Senior center Eloy Vargas had a triple-double to propel American Heritage (19-9) to a 57-49 win at Pahokee High School in the class 3A regional quarterfinals on Thursday night. Vargas had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. Kenny Boynton (21 points) and Raymond Taylor (16 points) also helped the Patriots cause. Heritage saw a 32-13 halftime lead fizzle to a 42-36 advantage after 3 quarters. Pahokee then took a 44-42 lead but a 10-1 run by the Patriots put them back on top for good.
American Heritage jumped out to a 28-15 first quarter lead on the road at Pine Crest in their district final matchup. Yet, behind class of 2010 star Brandon Knight (38 points), the Panthers stormed back and pulled out a 74-70 win on Saturday night. Kenny Boynton (33 points) led the Patriots who now travel to Pahokee on Thursday in a regional quarterfinal contest. The Perfect Rotation will have more on this game Tuesday plus a feature on Eloy Vargas who played a strong game with 15 rebounds.
Kenny Boynton (24 points), Eloy Vargas (17 points) and Raymond Taylor (14 points) led American Heritage (18-8) to an 80-66 win over North Broward Prep Thursday night in the opening round of district play. Next up, Pine Crest or Coral Springs Charter on Saturday night.
The Perfect Rotation was anything but on Tuesday night as Pace HS defeated American Heritage 94-70. Florida Gators signee Ray Shipman (29 points) and Kenny Boynton (44 points) led their teams in the scoring column. Don’t miss Tuesday’s webisode as The Perfect Rotation goes behind the scenes to see how the Patriots handled the surprise no shows by their starting point guard and center.
If you haven’t seen national recruit Tyreke Evans before then you must watch Webisode 9 of The Perfect Rotation. He gave American Heritage all they could handle on Thursday night from inside and out. There’s a reason why he ranked as a top five player by many if not all high school recruiting publications. The rest of his American Christian squad is also filled with Division One hoopers.
Also, I think the fact that Danny Herz is the Patriots head coach and also drives the team bus to road games is definitely a unique story. In all my years covering high school sports, I’d never heard of the coach also acting as team driver. And Herz doesn’t play around…he drives the BIG yellow bus!