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Boys basketball: Wellington rolls to berth in state tournament

The Wellington boys basketball team gained revenge against Coral Springs on Friday night, rolling to an 82-62 victory in the Class 9A regional finals and a berth in next week’s state tournament.

Wellington’s suffocating defense held Coral Springs without a field goal until 4:30 remained in the first half. The Wolverines led by as many as 20 points in the first half and entered the intermission with a 41-22 lead.

The pressure applied by Wolverines senior guards Trent Frazier and Sage Chen-Young allowed them to penetrate inside, scoring numerous layups and knocking down shots from the perimeter.

Chen-Young scored 13 first-half points and Frazier, a University of Illinois-signee, added 12.

In the third quarter, Coral Springs turned up its intensity and was able to cut the deficit to 14 points with five minutes left in the quarter, but Wellington pushed the lead back to 17 by the end of the quarter.

A 3-pointer by Jelanie Heard cut the lead to 12 points with 2:30 remaining, but Frazier, Chen-Young and Jay Medor combined for 12 points in the final two minutes to lock up the victory.

“I think our guards did a great job of defending them,” Wellington coach Matt Colin said. “Once we’re able to defend, we’re able to rebound and run. We’re pretty good in transition.”

Frazier led all scorers with 29 points and nine rebounds. Chen-Young added 18 points and eight assists and Medor contributed 14 points.

Coral Springs was led by Heard’s 20 points and Wilvens Fleurizard added 17.

The Wolverines will face Kissimmee Osceola at 6 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals in Lakeland.

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