By Dave Brousseau
FORT LAUDERDALE – For over 20 years the Dillard boys’ basketball team has been among the state elite.
After the Panthers 58-44 victory over Deerfield Beach on Tuesday at Dillard High, there’s ample room for improvement
“None of our victories have been pretty, but you must remember Deerfield is pretty good team,” said Dillard coach Darryl Burrows. “They are a tough team and they slowed the game down a bit.
Dillard found way to separate themselves with defense and transition baskets, by outscoring the Buck in the fourth quarter 22-14.
The Panthers found offense from Asonaba Bromley with 13 second half points. Though the Bucks made nine 3-pointers on the night to close to the lead, they struggle when not shooting from long distance. Bromley finished with 15 points, while Ivan Reynolds had 16 points.
“Defense has been our strong hold and if you beat a team 2-0 you still won the game,” said Burrows.
Dillard (11-5) defeated Deerfield Beach last month at the Kreul Classic 47-40 and Tuesday’s meeting had all the making of a duplicate result.
The Panthers have struggled much of the season scoring points, averaging only 54.7 per game. Leading only 23-17 at the half Dillard would be challenged to reach that mark.
Though the Bucks (11-6) weren’t finding success with made baskets, what they made were five 3-points enabling them to stay within striking distance on the lead.
Dillard opened the season 5-0, had been 5-5 since before Tuesday’s win.
Deerfield was led by Degarrian Glass with 15 points and Marshaun West with 12 points.
DILLARD 58, DEERFIELD BEACH 44
DB (11-6): Glass 5-1-15, West 4-3-12, Miller 0-1-1, Valcourt 2-0-6, Mereus 2-0-6, McQueen 0-2-2.
D (11-5): Reynolds 6-3-16, Edwards 0-1-1, Mack 2-4-8, Bernot 0-1-1, Bromley 7-0-15, Burrows 2-0-6, Haynes 4-1-9
3-pointers: Burrows, Bromley, Reynolds, Glass 4, Valcourt 2, Mereus 2. Half: D 23-17.