It’s Big 8 time for boys basketball in Broward County. While the teams that didn’t make it prepare for districts, eight teams will try and claim the title as the “BEST TEAM” in the Broward. For those of you who do not already know, the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) takes the top eight teams in the County public and private (St. Thomas and Cardinal Gibbons are the only private schools associated with the BCAA at this time).
This year’s field will feature a couple of Big 8 regulars, such as Blanche Ely and Dillard, the usual suspects. A few teams returning from last year’s field include Deerfield Beach, Western, Cooper City, Stranahan and Miramar. To round out this year’s field, Coral Springs Charter will be making its first appearance ever in the school’s brief history.
Broward County Athletic Director Rocky Gillis says, “This year’s BCAA/BARWIS Boys Big 8 Tournament should be exciting with some talented teams filling the bracket. Six of the eight teams from last year’s competitive field return to the tournament this year. Adding to the competition this year is a strong Dillard squad and a newcomer to the Big 8 stage, Coral Springs Charter.”
#4 Coral Springs Charter (18-6) vs #8 Miramar (15-6):
Coral Springs Charter and Miramar are two teams that mirror each other with tough man to man defense, scrappy guards and getting up and down the floor. This game will be fast pace from the tip. Both teams are coming off impressive wins from the week prior. Coral Springs Charter with a solid win vs Calvary Christian on February 1st, 66-63; and Miramar coming off of a nail bitter vs Stranahan on January 29th, 66-65. This has every indication of an instant Big 8 Classic.
We spoke with Head Coach Lamar Twitty regarding his match-up with Miramar and The Panthers making it to the Big 8 this year for the first time.
“I need my leaders to step up, Ivan Reynolds, Ian Tajalli and Justin Allen. Miramar is a good program, Tramaine Stevens does a great job, they play hard and well coached. I hear from everyone that my team plays hard and well coached, so this should be a great matchup and great game.”
Twitty also added, “It’s a big accomplishment,our guys been working so hard since the summer. This the first time our school has made the Big 8. We just want to compete at a high level and get better in the process. We are on a five game winning streak, we are starting to get healthy and hope to keep this momentum into the playoffs.”
Twitty closed with the following “Our quote all year that’s on the back of our warmups is “We’re building a culture of Accountability, Trust and Togetherness! Entitlement will not be TOLERATED!”
We also caught up with Miramar Head Coach Tramaine Stevens about his Big 8 matchup vs Coral Springs Charter:
“Making the Big 8 this year starts a tradition that up and coming teams of Miramar have a chance to look forward to. You here Coaches say I don’t care about making the Big 8, my staff and I use to say the same thing until we finally made it. Coral Springs Charter is well deserving and I expect a high energy matchup. Coach Twitty and I converse throughout the year game planning and talking basketball. That’s my guy. You know we played together and we have earned each other’s respect over the years. I know he is going to have them up for the game and well prepared.
I expect my guys to be consistent and just play Miramar basketball. We have rules in place and when we follow our rules and play with 3-Es (Energy, Effort and Enthusiasm) we can play with anyone. My guys understand that they are no longer Classified in a class. Family, friends, us as Coaches have an expectation of this Miramar group to produce and bring that “IT” factor every night. Now they have to go out and deliver.”
“I expect a big game from Brent Davis, Khumaury Mcmillan, Deshawn Jean-Charles and Pete Laidley. Brent Davis is our leader. He is the most experience on our team and will have to lead the way. Khamaury Mcmillan has blossomed into a true PG and floor general. With him at the helm controlling tempo and keeping us in motion to finish assignments are key. Deshawn Jean-Charles has one of the best IQs I have Coach yet. His ability to see things before they happen and to get his teammates involved is big for momentum. Pete Laidley is the enforcer. He’s anchors our defense by rebounding and altering shots. His ability to stretch the floor will create spacing and mismatches while running our sets. He’s anchors our defense by rebounding and altering shots. His ability to stretch the floor will create spacing and mismatches while running our sets.”
R.M.F. Prediction: This will go down to the wire but we got Miramar coming out on top. Miramar 67 Coral Springs Charter 65.
#3 Stranahan (20-4) vs #7 Deerfield Beach (18-7):
Deerfield Beach coming off a first ever Big 8 play-in game vs Hallandale yesterday 59-47. We do not the full details regarding this play-in game. The question we have is how will the bucks respond tonight versus Stranahan’s suffocating defense and up-tempo style after a grind out game last night. For the bucks to win they will have to control the tempo from start to finish. The Dragons are aiming to prove that they belong with all the top programs in the county. Kenny Brown is always exciting to watch on the sideline and Terrence Williams is a calm laid back guy.
Stranahan High Head Coach Terrence Williams gave us one quote “WE ALL WE GOT, WE ALL WE NEED!”
R.M.F. Prediction: Stranahan should win this one, it will be close early but look for the Dragons to pull away. Stranahan 73 Deerfield Beach 55
(All games played at Ft. Lauderdale High School: 1600 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305)