By Dave Brousseau
FORT LAUDERDALE – Neither of Thursday’s quarterfinal winners at the 23rd annual BCAA Big 8 boys basketball tournament have never won the championship.
Moving on is Pembroke Pines Charter as they hung on to defeat Boyd Anderson 80-74 in overtime and Stranahan who edged Miramar 46-44. Each advanced to Friday’s semifinals at Fort Lauderdale High
Stranahan (18-7) will play Dillard at 6:30, while Pines Charter (19-1) meets Northeast at 8. The championship game is Saturday at 7:30.
Senior guard Dallas Graziani rescued the Jaguars from possible defeat by scoring eight of his game-high 25 points in overtime His lay-up with 55.1 seconds left in the extra frame gave Pines Charter the lead for good.
“I think we just had some ill-advised turnovers,” said Pines Charter coach Dave Rocca on the Boyd Anderson comeback. “Bottom line is we didn’t take care of the ball.
As for Graziani, when you talk about an x-amount of points in an x-number of minutes, he can do that. He looks to get it going.”
The Jaguars can be thankful for creating the separation they needed by converting six 3-pointers in the third quarter to grab a 54-48 lead.
Still it wasn’t enough as the Cobras rallied late to send the game into overtime as Martin Mercedes scored 13 fourth quarter pointers, including the tying free throw with seconds remaining in regulation.
“The long ball, like any team, is important,” said Roca. “We got to make shots. The bottom line is when we’re making them, we stretch the floor.”
Balanced scoring was also key for the Jaguars as Javen Smith added 14 points, Amarchi Ujabour 13 points and Pate Laidley 11 points.
Other than Mercedes, the Cobras (15-10) got 15 points from Kemari Brown And 11 points from Dave Dalge.
Stranahan, used it scrappy defense to pull out the win over Miramar. The Dragons also got timely fourth quarter 3-pointers from Chase Culpepper, Thaddues Squire and Dave Herard that helped gain and keep the lead.
Stranahan finished with eight 3-pointers on the night.
“Miramar came out wanting it from the jump and we had to dig deep to want it more than them,” said Stranahan coach Terrence Williams. “Defense is the key for us. That’s what helped us win a state championship last year
When we settled in it game us some momentum on the offensive side.”
Mario Bynes gave the Dragons their first lead of the game with 2:02 left in the third quarter at 31-30.
The teams combined for only five made baskets and 16 points in the quarter as Miramar held to a 32-31 lead.
Stranahan ended the first half with an 8-2 run, key by a pair of 3-pointers from Culpepper (11 points) and Herard that cut the deficit to 24-23.
Deshawn Jean-Charles and Brent Davis each had 13 points to lead the Patriots (17-6).
STRANAHAN 46, MIRAMAR 44
M (17-6): Jean-Charles 1-10-13, Cooper 2-0-6, Meran 3-0-6, Davis 4-4-13, Lott 2-2-6.
S (18-7): Squire 3-0-7, Bynes 3-0-8, Herard 2-1-7, Robinson 2-0-5, C. Culpepper 4-1-11, Legiste 3-0-6.
3-pointers: Culpepper 2, Herard 2, Bynes 2, Squire, Robinson, Cooper 2, Davis, Jean-Charles. Half: M 24-23.
PEMBROKE PINES CHARTER 80, BOYD ANDERSON 74 (OT)
BA (15-10): Maxinaud 1-1-3, Gordon 2-0-5, Brown 5-4-15, Mercedes 8-6-23, Jean-Francois 4-1-11, Ermat 2-0-5, Thomas 2-0-4.
PPC (19-1): Price 2-2-6, Sprouse 3-0-9, Baqai 1-0-2, Smith 5-2-14, Graziani 6-9-25, Ujabour 6-1-13, Laidley 5-1-11.
3-pointers: . Half: PPC 30-28.