ACTIVITIES & CLUBS
Bucks beat Cypress Bay in boys basketball regional semifinals
February 21, 2013Deerfield Beach High School
WESTON – When Deerfield Beach and Cypress Bay faced each other in the first round of the Big 8 boys basketball tournament three weeks ago, Deerfield guard Marcus Owens tried to do too much early, got in foul trouble and wound up with just three points.
The Bucks still won, but before the teams played again Tuesday night, Bucks coach Kenny Brown reminded Owens of that performance. You owe us one, he told him.
Consider the debt paid.
Owens scored a game-high 21 points, and added eight rebounds and four steals, as visiting Deerfield beat Cypress Bay 54-34 in a Class 8A regional semifinal, ending the Lightning's season for the second consecutive season.
"Tonight, he redeemed himself," Brown said. "I told him to go out and play the way we expect him to play and he did."
The Bucks, which will play Jupiter in the regional finals Saturday, beat the Lightning 64-57 in the same round of the playoffs last year.
"We're playing hard. You can tell we want [a state title]," Owens said. "We've got a lot of seniors on this team, so we've got to get it this year."
Vanderbilt Carpenter scored 12 points for Deerfield (27-4) and Terence Johnson added 11. Javaris Jenkins had six points and 10 rebounds. Joshua Huntley also finished with 10 boards despite picking up his third foul less than two minutes into the second quarter.
Guard Ross Udine led Cypress Bay with 12 points. The Lightning (19-6) managed just four field goals in the second half – two came in the final minutes of the game – as they struggled for quality looks against the Bucks' size, athleticism and talent.
"I like the way we played defense in the second half. Another thing I was proud of is every shot they took we contested," Brown said. "That's what I really wanted, to make them shoot over our length. They're not a very big team, so we wanted to make sure we made it tough for them to score."
Said Owens: "We knew they were going to hit shots, so we just tried to contain them. Coach preached that we play hard, play help-side defense, and we got a lot of steals and stops."
Cypress Bay actually led 7-3 early, but Deerfield closed the first period with a 7-0 run. The Bucks ripped off eight unanswered points during one stretch in the second period and took a 23-15 lead into halftime. They outscored the Lightning 14-3 in the third period and pushed their lead to 23 points early in the fourth.