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Bucks edged by Ely in Big 8 Final

February 3, 2013
Deerfield Beach High School



By Dave Brousseau, Sun-Sentinel Staff Writer

9:44 PM EST, February 2, 2013

 

 FORT LAUDERDALE — It's not often that the Blanche Ely and Deerfield Beach boys basketball teams meet with a championship at stake.

Saturday at the BCAA Big 8 final, it marked the first time these two elite Broward teams met for a championship trophy since the 1999 Class 6A state championship in Lakeland.

Deerfield was the victor that day, but this night belonged to Ely as they held on to a 65-63 victory at Fort Lauderdale High.

A Kahlil Thomas slam dunk off a missed layup from Richard Lee with 14 seconds remaining proved to be the winner. Thomas fined with 21 points and was named the tournament MVP. Lee added 16 points.

"I knew it was a tie game and we needed it to win the game," Thomas said of his dunk. "This was big win because they are on the verge of being a nationally ranked team.":

"This was a spectators game," Ely coach Melvin Randall said. "We gave them what the crowd wanted to see."

It was the second victory for the Tigers over their neighboring school to the north, winning by 12 late last month. Ely will enter Friday's District 15-7A semifinal riding a 10-game winning streak.

Ely (20-1), the defending Big 8 champ, has now won title three of the past fours years. Deerfield Beach was trying to win its first Big 8 title since winning back-to-back in 1998-99

The Bucks (22-4) were about to let Ely run away with the lead, keeping the score close at 53-45 after three quarters. Dallas Cameron opened the final quarter for Ely by sinking a 3-pointer to regain a double-digit lead.

Ely's tenacious defense helped build their lead, but Deerfield gave the Tigers a taste of their own medicine to close to within 59-55 with 4:20 left to play. Baskets from Terence Johnson and Javaris Jenkins helped close the gap.

"This was a good learning experience for our kids," Deerfield coach Kenny Brown said. "We'll know what to do if we're in this position again."

Marcus Owens and Johnson each had 17 points for Deerfield


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