By Dave Brousseau
LAKELAND – The wait is over.
The 49th season of boys’ basketball at Miramar High ended the way it started, with a convincing victory.
Led by forward Deshawn Jean-Charles 25 points, the Patriots won the schools first boys state basketball championship with a 66-51 victory over Seminole in a Class 7A title game at the RP Funding Center on Saturday.
The Patriots (24-6) won 13 of their final 14 games, including the last seven. The only loss came to Class 4A state champion Stranahan in the BCAA Big 8 quarterfinals.
“We play one style and that’s disciplined,” said Miramar coach Tramaine Stevens, who has coached at school since 2015.
He led the Patriots to the 2018 state semifinals before losing to Wellington. Miramar also lost in the 201 semifinals.
Miramar trailed only once throughout the game at 2-0, Senior guard Brent Davis gave the Patriots the lead for good at 4-2 with 4:59 left in the first quarter.
Miramar also won the rebounding battle with a 48-24 advantage, including a defensive rebounding edge of 37-18. Patriots forward Michael Lott led the way with 20 rebounds.
The Patriots defense shutout the Seminole offense in holding them 17 of 55 from the field (30.9 percent).
Faheim Saintleger Meran added 13 points and Khamaury McMillian 11 points for the Patriots.
MIRAMAR 66, SEMINOLE 51
S (23-7): Shaukat 1-0-2, D. Henderson 0-1-1, Baker 8-6-22, Perkins 4-2-10, Wynn 1-2-4, J. Henderson 1-0-3, Coefield 1-4-6, Harrison 1-0-3.
M (24-6): Jean-Charles 8-9-25, Lott 4-0-8, McMillan 5-1-11, Saintleger Meran 3-7-13, Davis 3-2-8, Bailey 0-1-1.
3-pointers: J. Henderson, Harrison. Half: M 28-22.