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.
Undefeated East Gadsden (24-0) won 51-48 over American Heritage (17-8) Saturday night at FAMU in Tallahassee in front of 2000 plus spectators. It was a wild game that saw East Gadsden jump out to a 29-15 halftime lead. The Patriots then went on a 22-3 run in the 3rd quarter to take a 37-32 advantage. But the Jaguars hit some clutch free throws late to hang on. Kenny Boynton (23 points) and Raymond Taylor (15 points) topped the scoring chart for Heritage. The Perfect Rotation will have the highlights in webisode thirteen on Tuesday. District playoffs start next week.
A Kenny Boynton (33 points) dish to Jake Wheeler with 6.7 seconds left broke a 54 all tie and proved to be the difference as American Heritage (15-6) defeated Pompano Beach HS 58-54 on Thursday night. Raymond Taylor and Eloy Vargas sat on the bench for missing Tuesday’s game against Pace HS. They have been suspended indefinitely but remain on the team. The Perfect Rotation will have that story on Tuesday.