Dwyer beat back a big challenge from surging Forest Hill on Tuesday night to clinch the top seed in next month’s District 13-8A boys basketball tournament.
Javonni Quince scored a game-high 14 points, and the top-ranked Panthers broke open a close game with a big fourth quarter on the way to a 59-46 victory over the No. 4 Falcons.
The Panthers improved to 20-1 with the win, while Forest Hill dropped to 19-2. Both teams could meet again next month in the district tournament final.
Eddie Davis added 13 points for Dwyer, which is coming off an overtime win over district rival Royal Palm Beach last Friday.
“We’ve played a tough schedule, and we’ve been in some fourth-quarter games,” Panthers coach Fred Ross said. “Plus, we’ve played four overtime games, which maybe we should have lost. We’re kind of built for the fourth quarter.”
Tuesday’s game was tight at the start, with neither team settling into a rhythm on offense until late in the first quarter.
The lead changed hands four times in the quarter, with the Panthers going out in front with less than two minutes remaining.
Dwyer led 17-12 after the first quarter, but it’s advantage was short-lived. Phillip Lyttle’s 3-pointer at 5:19 put the Falcons ahead 20-19.
Dwyer retook the lead, and the teams handed it back and forth over the final four minutes until a late Falcons’ run.
Forest Hill led 28-26 at halftime, with sophomore guard D’ante Daniels leading all scorers with 12 points. Quince had eight points for Dwyer.
Defense carried the third quarter, as the teams combined for just 20 points and a handful of turnovers.
Forest Hill led for most of the quarter, but a pair of Davis free throws with 52 seconds remaining tied it at 37.
Davis continued to stay hot in the fourth quarter, and Dwyer followed his lead. The Panthers went ahead 47-39 with 4:41 remaining, and pulled away from there.
Dwyer outscored Forest Hill 22-9 to close the game.
Ingraham finished with 11 points for the Panthers and Miles Coleman added eight.
No. 2 Wellington 77, Jupiter 42: Bryan Williams scored 24 points, Jon Philistin added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Nico Toledo contributed 10 points and eight assists as the Wolverines (22-0) routed the Warriors in Wellington.
Cardinal Newman 52, No. 5 Inlet Grove 50: Liam Kazman had 22 points and nine rebounds and Emmanual Onuama added 14 points, including the game winner with four seconds remaining, as the Crusaders (9-8) upset the Hurricanes (15-7) in West Palm Beach. Kevin Anders scored 18 points for Inlet Grove.
No. 8 Spanish River 64, Somerset Canyons 62: Malacai Davis had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Jeremy Hock added 16 points and five rebounds as the Sharks (14-6) edged the Cougars in Boca Raton. Michael Quon scored 13 points for Somerset Canyons.
Benjamin 66, No. 10 Grandview Prep 50: Ben Lubarsky scored 23 points and Jordan Travis added 21 as the Buccaneers (15-7) upset the Pride in Boca Raton.
John I. Leonard 52, Palm Beach Gardens 43: Jerquan Worthen scored 13 points as the Lancers (6-10) defeated the Gators (4-13) in Palm Beach Gardens. Ricardrick Haye and Mike Gooden each scored 11 points for Palm Beach Gardens.
Palm Beach Central 63, Seminole Ridge 42: William Van Hook had 15 points and five assists and Drew Potter added 11 rebounds and 10 points to lead the Broncos (14-7) over the Hawks in Loxahatchee.
Palm Beach Lakes 89, Boca Raton 79: Sheldon Edwards made six 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Giancarlo Rosado added 21 points to lead the Rams over the Bobcats in West Palm Beach. Cade Long scored 29 points and Maxime Demeus added 28 for Boca Raton.
Jupiter Christian 71, Jensen Beach 47: Gethro Germinal scored 19 points and Gedeon Germinal added 14 to lead the Eagles (18-4) over the Falcons in Jensen Beach. Dion Fernander added 13 points for Jupiter Christian.