Posted: 11:58 pm Saturday, February 7th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
There were a few surprises as district tournaments wrapped up Saturday night, but for the most part everything went as expected.
The biggest shocker was Jupiter taking 9-6A. The Warriors proved the regular season doesn’t mean a whole lot as long as you play well late. They will host Boca Raton. I started to hear some buzz about Boca as the regular season was winding down. Boca lost to Trinity Christian by nine points, lost to Lakes by one, and beat West Boca by nine at the end of the season. Boca then lost to Atlantic by 30 in the district final.
Palm Beach Lakes, the 9-6A runner-up will travel to Atlantic. The Rams attempted a lot of three-pointers and didn’t really play like they had in the other games I saw them in. It seemed like there was some confusion and that they had a good game plan but had trouble executing it. I expect that they’ll play better, especially against the Eagles, whom they are no stranger to. Lakes beat Atlantic by six points earlier this season, by 10 in the region semifinals last season and by 12 in the regional quarterfinals the year before. Atlantic has been strong all season so this should be a good one.
The other surprise was that West Boca did not make it to the 14-5A finals. Martin County eliminated West Boca in Friday night’s semis and went on to beat Dwyer for the district title. Martin County hosts Sebastian River. I had heard from a lot of coaches that Dwyer was talented though that didn’t translate into a lot of wins. But the Panthers are still in it, traveling to Fort Pierce Central.
Lincoln Park continued to roll with a 14-4A championship and will host Titusville.
Cardinal Newman beat St. Andrew’s by two to take the 13-3A district title. Cardinal Newman hosts 18-7 Pompano Beach and St. Andrew’s goes to Plantation American Heritage.
King’s Academy, having the best season in the program’s history, won the 13-2A title beating Jupiter Christian by nine points. King’s will host Coral Springs Christian and Hollywood Christian will host Jupiter Christian.
Barring a major upset in 1A, the region quarters are going to be the calm before the storm when district winners Trinity Christian and Lake Worth Christian meet in the region semis. Neither should have a problem getting past their region quarter opponents – Yeshiva and Berean Christian, respectively, – then it’s time to hold on to your hats for that next round.