The Wellington boys basketball team followed up its fourth consecutive district championship with a convincing win Thursday night in the first round of the regional playoffs.
Trent Frazier scored a game-high 26 points, and Sage Chen-Young added 14 points and six rebounds to lead the Wolverines to a 78-53 victory against visiting Atlantic in a Class 9A regional quarterfinal.
With the win, Wellington (25-3) advances to play Lake Worth on Tuesday in the regional semifinals.
The Eagles finished their season 18-10.
“It’s always nice to win during tournament time,” Wolverines coach Matt Colin said.
Wellington got off to a scorching start, hitting its first six shots, plus a free throw, to take a 16-0 lead just 2:20 into the game.
The Wolverines later built a 17-point advantage before the Eagles began chipping away behind R.J. Duhart.
Atlantic got within 21-13 before Wellington closed the quarter leading 26-15.
Wellington continued shooting well to open the second quarter, with Bryan Williams and Niko Toledo particularly effective from the outside.
The Wolverines led by 18 points before Atlantic narrowed the gap to 42-31 by halftime. Frazier led all scorers with 14 points at the midpoint. Williams had nine points, all on 3-pointers.
“We got off to a fast start, and we were able to give ourselves a little cushion,” Colin said.
The big lead proved beneficial for Wellington, which endured a scoring drought midway through the third quarter.
Corey Gammage and the Eagles cut the Wolverines’ lead to 49-41 before Wellington clamped down on defense. Frazier and Chen-Young then helped Wellington pull away.
The Wolverines ended the quarter with a 15-point lead, and held Atlantic to six points in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Frazier finished with a team-high nine rebounds for Wellington, while Toledo added 11 points.
Gammage had a team-high 15 points for Atlantic, while Duhart added 12.
Lake Worth 73, John I. Leonard 47: Avery Brooks scored 16 points as the Trojans (24-5) handled the Lancers in Lake Worth.
Palm Beach Lakes 84, Fort Lauderdale 68: Daiquan Wyatt scored 23 points and Lavorris Givins added 15 as the Trojans defeated the Flying L’s in Fort Lauderdale.
Suncoast 70, Fort Lauderdale-Archbishop McCarthy 65: Marvin Leveille had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jake Knorr added 10 points and seven rebounds as the Chargers won in Riviera Beach.
Cardinal Newman 56, Lincoln Park Academy 48: K.J. Fitzgerald scored 26 points and Armani Hayes added 16 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Crusaders (20-7) over the Greyhounds in Fort Pierce. Newman advances to face Oxbridge Academy in Tuesday’s regional semifinals.
Oxbridge Academy 79, Glades Central 49: Ronique Spencer scored 20 points and Dante Wilcox added 18 as the Thunderwolves routed the Raiders in West Palm Beach.
Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian 48, St. Andrew’s 42: Ryan McAdoo scored 12 points and Anthony Polite added seven, but the Scots (25-3) fell to the Eagles in Boca Raton.
Village Academy 82, Coral Springs Christian 58: Josue Passisus scored 23 points and A.J. Staton contributed 12 as the Tigers (22-6) overpowered the Crusaders in Delray Beach. Village will face Hialeah-Champagnat in the regional finals Tuesday.
Grandview Prep 78, Miami-Westwood Christian 60: Matt Schner scored 33 points as the Pride (26-3) overpowered the Warriors in Boca Raton. Grandview advances to play at Miami Christian in Tuesday’s regional finals.