No. 2 Wellington boys improve to 19-0

Jan 23, 2018
Wellington’s Bryan Williams drives past Palm Beach Gardens’ Michael Gooden during Tuesday’s game in Wellington. Williams scored 14 points to help the Wolverines to the win over the Gators. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

The streak continued Tuesday night for the Wellington boys basketball team.

The second-ranked Wolverines won their 19th consecutive game — extending a school record they broke last week — in a 63-45 victory over district rival Palm Beach Gardens.

Texan Moulton had a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Bryan Williams added 14 points for Wellington (19-0), which broke open a close game with a big second quarter.

The win was the second of the season for the Wolverines over the Gators (4-12), and keeps Wellington out in front in the District 9-9A standings.

“Obviously, it’s a run that we want to keep going as long as we can,” Wellington coach Matt Colin said of his team’s winning streak. “As long as we keep playing well, I’m happy with what we put out there.”

Both teams shot poorly from the free-throw line to open the game, and only slightly better from the field.

The Gators and Wolverines were a combined 2-for-10 from the foul line in the first quarter, while turnovers and inconsistent shooting also caused problems for both.

Wellington led 7-6 midway through the quarter before pulling away slightly to take a 15-8 lead after the first eight minutes.

The Wolverines continued to pull away to start the second quarter, stretching their lead to 23 points following a Linton Brown 3-pointer with 2:15 left.

Brown had 10 points at halftime for Wellington, which outscored Palm Beach Gardens 22-8 in the second quarter and led 37-16 at the break.

Gardens cut into the Wolverines’ lead with a good start to the second half, pulling within 16 points with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter.

The Gators outscored Wellington 16-15 in the quarter, but still trailed 52-32 going into the final eight minutes.

Gardens wasn’t able to get much closer, and the Wolverines closed out the win with their starters on the bench.

Brown finished with 13 points for Wellington, while Johnathon Philistin added nine points and Nico Toledo had seven.

“We’re usually having three or four guys scoring in double figures,” Colin said. “That’s what we emphasize. We want them to share the basketball, and they’re doing a great job of doing it.”

Armani Hayes led Palm Beach Gardens with 12 points.

No. 1 Dwyer 71, West Boca Raton 28: Miles Coleman had 21 points and seven steals, Eddie Davis added 15 points and eight rebounds and Michael Ingraham contributed 10 points as the Warriors (18-1) coasted past the Bulls in Palm Beach Gardens.

Boca Raton 75, No. 6 Atlantic 73: Max Demeus scored 33 points and Cade Long added 27 as the Bobcats (11-7) upset the Eagles in Boca Raton.

No. 8 Suncoast 69, Fort Pierce Westwood 46: Torrin Andrews had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Samuel Role added 10 points and 11 assists and Maclenby Geffard contributed 11 points and nine rebounds as the Chargers (13-4) routed the Panthers in Rivera Beach.

St. John Paul 59, No. 10 St. Andrew’s 58: Kobe Opoku scored 15 points and David Curlee added 13, as the Eagles knocked off the Scots (12-6) in Boca Raton. Jammy Pierre-Louis led St. Andrew’s with 25 points and five rebounds.

Jupiter 64, Seminole Ridge 52: Trent Webb scored 16 points and Josh Glesil added 12 as the Warriors defeated the Hawks in Jupiter. Malachi McDowell and Brandon Schabert each scored 14 for Seminole Ridge.

Palm Beach Central 52, John I. Leonard 37: Gyvicht Geneus had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Drew Potter added 15 points and five rebounds as the Broncos (12-7) handled the Lancers in Wellington. Wylon Hamilton scored 15 to lead Leonard.

Palm Beach Lakes 77, Olympic Heights 29: Brayden Washington scored 17 points, and Sheldon Edwards and Ty Hands each added 14 as the Rams (8-6) overpowered the Lions in West Palm Beach.

Benjamin 50, Somerset Canyons 49: Jordan Travis scored 17 points and Michael Edwards added 10, including the game-winning free throw, to lift the Buccaneers (13-7) over the Cougars in Palm Beach Gardens.

American Heritage 66, Village Academy 65: Aamir Justice scored 22 points and Bailey Uderitz added 15 as the Stallions edged the Tigers in Delray Beach.

Grandview Prep 79, Hollywood Christian 48: Chance Donovan had 30 points and 11 rebounds and David Yudien added 12 points and 11 assists as the Pride (14-1) routed the Eagles in Boca Raton.

Jupiter Christian 74, Vero Beach-St. Edward’s 39: Dion Fernander had 23 points and six assists and Clay Fitzmorris added nine points as the Eagles (15-4) rolled past the Pirates in Jupiter.

Oxbridge Academy 63, King’s Academy 55: Dante Wilcox scored 19 points and Jack Meyers added 13 to lead the ThunderWolves (12-8) past the Lions.