You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

Frazier’s 32 points not enough for Wellington in state semifinals


Trent Frazier put on a show Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to lift Wellington past Kissimmee-Osceola in a Class 9A boys basketball state semifinal.

Despite a game-high 32 points from the Illinois signee, the Kowboys edged Wellington 52-50 on a Tevin Florent layup with 1.2 seconds remaining.

The game-winning basket, which came off a pass from Joshua Marte, lifted Osceola (28-2) into today’s state championship game against Apopka-Wekiva, which defeated South Miami in the earlier semifinal.

“We made plays at the end of the game when we needed to make them,” Kowboys coach Nathan Alexander said. “I’m very proud of this group.”

Neither team shot well at the start, with the Wolverines (27-4) hitting just 24 percent of their shots in the opening quarter, and the Kowboys 33 percent.

Wellington’s defense was much better, forcing five turnovers and holding Osceola’s leading scorer Brady Fernandes scoreless.

The quarter closed on a Frazier 3-pointer that tied the game at 11.

Frazier stayed hot in the second quarter, draining three consecutive 3-pointers and following with a pair of free throws to stake the Wolverines to a 24-20 lead with 4:05 remaining.

Frazier finished the first half with a game-high 22 points, which equaled the Kowboys’ team total.

“He gave me a headache,” Osceola forward Frankie Fabian said of defending Frazier.

The Kowboys, who had a big size advantage over the Wolverines, couldn’t match Frazier from the floor. Osceola hit just 7-of-23 shots in the first half, and just 1-of-5 from 3-point range

Wellington shot 50 percent from long range, and took a 30-22 lead into halftime.

But an injury to Frazier, who limped off the court after taking a hard charge just eight seconds into the second half, gave the Kowboys life.

With Frazier on the bench, Osceola scored three field goals in 53 seconds to cut the Wellington lead to 30-28.

Frazier returned a short time later with Wellington holding a one-point lead. But it didn’t last.

Marte’s 3-pointer gave the Kowboys a 39-37 lead with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, but Wellington went back on top 40-39 on a Bryan Williams field goal with six seconds left.

That play set up a tight fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands multiple times.

The game was tied at 50 with 42 seconds remaining, giving Osceola plenty of time to set up the winning shot. Florent got the ball from Marte with 1.2 seconds left, and banked in a layup for the final points.

Despite the result, Wolverines coach Matt Colin said he was proud of his team’s accomplishments this season.

“This team has tremendous heart,” Colin said. “They fight day in and day out. I see it in practice. I always have confidence in them.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

2017 Free Agency Preview: What will it take for the Miami Heat to re-sign James Johnson?
2017 Free Agency Preview: What will it take for the Miami Heat to re-sign James Johnson?

James Johnson of the Miami Heat reacts to a play during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena in February. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) With free agency set to start at 12 a.m. Saturday, we’ll take a look at the biggest free-agent questions surrounding the Heat. Today we ask, what will...
Smoltz thinks the kid-glove treatment of Urias and others is a flaw
Smoltz thinks the kid-glove treatment of Urias and others is a flaw

The hot button of John Smoltz was pushed last Tuesday when the Hall of Fame pitcher was asked on a conference call about the Los Angeles Dodgers' conservative approach to developing pitching phenom Julio Urias. This was three days before the Dodgers announced on Friday that Urias, the prized 20-year-old who last year became the first teenager to pitch...
How one-and-done players took over the NBA draft
How one-and-done players took over the NBA draft

The NBA implemented the one-and-done rule more than a decade ago, forcing high schoolers in the Class of 2006 to wait a year before becoming eligible for the NBA draft, but it has never had more of an impact than it did Thursday night.  The numbers shattered records: 11 freshmen taken in the lottery and 16 by the end of the first round. The only...
We should all love something as much as Murphy loves baseball
We should all love something as much as Murphy loves baseball

Can I play, can I play? Oh, Mom, Dad, please, can I keep playing some more? Isn't that how Daniel Murphy, on a baseball field, seems to you? "Yes, that's probably pretty much right," Daniel Murphy says of himself. That notion of a 32-year-old child at play — tough play, diligent play, studious play, yet always so much ridiculous fun...
Outspoken US swimmer Lilly King refuses to stay in her lane
Outspoken US swimmer Lilly King refuses to stay in her lane

Lilly King has always been one to speak her mind. If it rubs people the wrong way, so be it.  "That's just who she is," said her dad, Mark King. "It's not a show for the media. It's not a show for television. It's authentic."  The 20-year-old made quite an impression at last year's Rio Olympics, calling out Russian star...
More Stories