Marjory Stoneman Douglas Boys Basketball Wins 2 Games in Showcase to Start 11-1 For 1st Time in 2 Decades 1
Nick Frazier of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Basketball. {Toro Hoops}

By: Matt Rothman 

In the last 17 years, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas basketball team started 10-1 three times.

They ended up falling in their next game in both 2005 and 2015. However, the Eagles finally broke through and began their season 11-1 following a historic win over Westwood Christian High School and Pembroke Pines Charter in the Sunshine State Winter Classic this week.

“We are really happy with where we are at,” said Head Coach Teddy Lyons. “We have a long way to go, and we are taking it game by game, but the kids are excited. They are really playing well and just want to continue to get better.”

During MSD’s 81-27 win over Westwood Christian on Thursday, the Eagles had their most significant win under Lyons and gave up the fewest points since allowing 23 in a game against Everglades since 2014. MSD also scored the second most points in a game this year with 81; it was the fifth time they scored at least 80 points with Lyons.

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Nick Frazier had 18 points, including four three-pointers against Westwood Christian. Jaheem Smith, who is back from an injury, chipped in 14 points with his ability to use his speed to get into the lane and Jhalen Phang added nine. The Eagles followed that up with a 62-54 win over Pembroke Pines Charter on Friday. Damerius Summers led the way with 27 points and ten rebounds. Frazier had 17 points and Evin Jenkins has been setting the tone defensively for MSD despite not being 100 percent.

“I felt like we have really been locked in defensively,” Lyons added. “We have been taking care of the basketball. Our first game was against a very young and inexperienced team, and then we got a big win against Charter. The guys have been in a business mentality.”

Next, the Eagles will have nearly two weeks off before facing South Broward High School on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs are 4-7 this year with wins over Charles W. Flanagan, McArthur, Highlands Christian, and Everglades High School, but fell 54-49 to the Eagles a season ago.

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Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.