An early season matchup of boys basketball district title contenders Lake Worth and Boca Raton went the Trojans’ way Tuesday night.
Joshua Rathell had a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryan Henry added 16 points to lead Lake Worth to a 76-58 victory over the visiting Bobcats.
The win was the third straight to open the season for the Trojans, who visit Boynton Beach today. Boca Raton dropped to 1-2.
“It’s never easy when we play them,” Lake Worth coach Murray Smith said of the Bobcats, who closed within seven points midway through the fourth quarter before the Trojans pulled away. “The final score is not indicative.”
Lake Worth got off to a slow start, missing nearly a dozen shots before Rathell connected on a field goal with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter.
The basket pulled the Trojans within 9-2, and Lake Worth continued to draw closer as the clock wound down. Tim Taylor’s 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 14.
Lake Worth took its first lead to open the second quarter, and began to pull away as the Bobcats struggled with turnovers and poor shooting.
The Trojans built a 30-16 lead on an Avery Brookes’ jumper at 3:11, and maintained their cushion at halftime with a 34-20 advantage.
Rathell had a game-high 10 points at the half for Lake Worth.
Rathell and the Trojans continued to shoot well to open the second half, particularly from 3-point range.
But the Bobcats kept pace, and cut the Trojans’ lead to 48-41 on a Ben Woody layup with 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
“There were moments where we let our guard down a little bit,” Smith said. “But I thought we never completely lost our poise.”
Boca Raton stayed within reach for much of the fourth quarter, but Lake Worth closed with a 14-3 run to pull away for the win.
“I liked the urgency that we had in the second half,” Bobcats coach Max Spinner said. “We just can’t shoot under 50 percent from the free-throw line and have 20-to-25 turnovers.”
Maxime Demeus led Boca with 16 points, while Cade Long added 13.
Atlantic 58, Spanish River 48: Reginald Duhart scored 17 points and Kadeem Wilks added 11 as the Eagles (1-0) defeated the Sharks (0-4) in Boca Raton. Jashone Anderson scored 15 points for the Sharks.
Palm Beach Lakes 68, Jupiter 58: Lavorris Givins scored 24 points and Ty Hands added 19 to lead the Rams over the Warriors in West Palm Beach. Rashad Hatcher scored 12 points for Jupiter.
Wellington 56, Village Academy 45: Jay Medor scored 18 points and Trent Frazier added 14 to lead the Wolverines (2-1) over the Tigers in Wellington. Josue Passius scored 14 points for Village.
Oxbridge Academy 59, Palm Beach Gardens 41: Ronique Spencer scored 16 points as the Thunderwolves (2-0) stopped the Gators in Palm Beach Gardens. Jared Olsen scored 12 points for Gardens.
West Boca Raton 73, Olympic Heights 69: Rubens Jerome scored 21 points, but the Lions (1-2) fell to the Bulls (3-0) in Boca Raton.
Jupiter Christian 70, Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep 68: Clay Fitzmorris made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help the Eagles (2-0) escape in Coconut Creek. Deion Fernandez and Isaac Sellers added 15 points apiece for Jupiter Christian.
St. Andrew’s 60, American Heritage 35: Ivan Chmyrenko scored 11 points and Anthony Polite added 10 as the Scots overpowered the Stallions in Boca Raton.
Somerset Canyons 53, Yeshiva 41: Michael Quan had 17 points and four assists, Jose Passisus added 12 points and Andre Peguero contributed nine points and five blocks as the Cougars (1-1) defeated the Storm in Boca Raton.