WESTON — Cypress Bay jumped on rival Western early Tuesday night and never let up off the gas.
The Lightning built on their lead each quarter and led by as much as 62-38 in the fourth period en route to a 64-50 Class 9A regional semifinal victory.
Cypress Bay (19-6) will meet perennial Palm Beach County powerhouse Wellington on Friday in the regional final. Wellington defeated Jupiter 60-51 on Tuesday. The victor advances to the Boys State Basketball Tournament in Lakeland.
“Rival games are tough and having to beat them three times in a row was a challenge,” Cypress Bay coach Jason Looky said. “But I just told the boys inside: This is the farthest we’ve ever went. Sometimes you just find a way and I personally think this is one of the best games that a Cypress Bay team has ever played.”
The Lightning ran their record to 3-1 vs. Western (19-10) this season. Cypress Bay canned four 3-pointers in the first 5:10 of the game to grab a 24-10 lead and never looked back.
Sophomore Tristan Goldstein hit on 6 of 7 shots from the field to lead Cypress Bay with 19 points, 16 of them coming in the first half. Senior guard Tyler Krivitzkin added 18 points and junior Isaiah Quinteros 16.
The Lightning held high-scoring Western Division I prospect Damari Monsanto to a 5-for-17 shooting night and 17 total points.
“I think they just came out ready to play,” Western coach Kenneth Kelly said. “We thought we were ready to play.”
Linton Brown had a huge night for Wellington (23-6) with 30 points and nine rebounds. De’Ante added 14 points that included three 3-pointers. Jagger Ruiz finished with 10 points and six assists.
In other Class 9A regional semifinals on Tuesday North Miami defeated Pembroke Pines Charter 69-62.
— Pat Lammer
CYPRESS BAY 64, WESTERN 50
W (19-10): Miller 3-0-7, Ostrow 1-0-3, Monsanto 5-6-17, G. Anderson 5-2-12, Ruiz 1-0-2, Nicasio 1-0-3, Rabinovich 1-0-3, J. Anderson 1-0-3.
CB (19-6): Brikat 4-1-9, Alexis 0-0-0, Quinteros 7-0-16, Krivitzkin 5-7-18, Goldstein 6-4-19, Kattan 0-0-0, Green 1-0-2.
3-point goals: Miller, Ostrow, Monsanto, Nicasio, Rabinovich, J. Anderson; Goldstein 3, Quinteros 2, Krivitzkin. Half: CB 37-26.
BLANCHE ELY 75, FOREST HILL 65: The Tigers (22-6) won their 15th consecutive game following their Class 8A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
They will play at Mater Academy in a regional final on Friday.
Ely is seeking back-to-back 8A state titles and seventh championship under coach Melvin Randall.
MATER ACADEMY 44, MCARTHUR 42: The Mustangs season concluded on a buzzer beater.
McArthur (18-10) was led by Rahmel Davis with nine points and David Pack with eight points.
Malik Renea gad 21 points and Isaiah Josue had 15 points for the Lions (16-5).
DILLARD 55, BOYD ANDERSON 51: The Panthers win not only avenged a district championship loss to Boyd Anderson but move the school closer to an eighth state title.
The Panthers (19-6) will travel to Doral Academy in a regional final on Friday at 7 p.m. The Cobras season ended at 17-10).
STRANAHAN 62, SUNCOAST 45: The Dragons haven’t played at the state tournament since 1961 or in a state championship game since 1959.
Tuesday the moved a step closer to both following their Class 6A regional semifinal victory over Suncoast.
Stranahan (24-5) will host Eustis (20-8) in a regional final on Friday at 7 p.m.
Leading 29-26 at the half, the Dragons effectively buries the Chargers in the third quarter with a 17-1 run.
Dave Herard led the Dragons with 15 points, while Daquion Vickers and Inady Legiste each had 13 points.
ST. ANDREW’S 70, OXBRIDGE ACADEMY 62: Behind a strong performance by Yussif Basa-Ama’s 15 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, the Scots provided the biggest upset of the night by defeating the previously undefeated ThunderWolves in a Class 5A regional semifinal on Tuesday.
St. Andrew’s (25-4) will host Tampa Catholic in a regional final on Friday.
The Scots were also led by Jackson May with 21 points seven rebounds, Josh Minott with 17 points and four rebounds and Alejandro Ralt with 10 points.
Oxbridge (25-1) was paced by A.J. Cajuste’s 26 points and Dante Wilcox with 15 points.
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 68, CHAMINADE-MADONNA 56: The Sharks took another step closer to defend their Class 5A state championship on Tuesday.
University (24-4) will play at Westminster Christian in a regional final on Friday.
Tied at 30-30 at the first half break, the Sharks big second half helped them outscore the Lions 38-26
WESTMINSTER ACADEMY 77, SAGEMONT 44: Led by Sam Griffin’s 26 points and another 22 points from Chase Johnston, the Lions advanced to the Class 4A state tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
Westminster Academy (24-4) will play University Christian (26-3) in a state semifinal game on Wednesday at the RP Funding Center on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Lions will attempt to win their third straight 4A state title.
Freshman Ben Middlebrooks added 12 points, while Stephan Swenson had right points and 11 assists. Anthony Atkinson had nine points.
JUPITER CHRISTIAN 55, CHAMPAGNAT 54: The Eagles advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals, where they will Orlando Christian Prep on Monday at 8 p.m.