By: Matt Rothman
It was a special night at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Monday, with seniors from the boys and girls basketball teams being honored.
While the girls ended up falling to start the night against Blanche Ely High School, they still had the chance to honor Julia Kaysar, Caitlyn Dalton, and Brielle Shamel.
The boys recognized Damerius Summers, Dylan Stettner, Evin Jenkins, Jhalen Phang, Nick Frazier, Ty Stevens, Tripp Davis, Jordan Thomas, and Jayden Joyner before their 74-56 win over Blanche Ely High School.
The highlight came early, with Stevens getting the start. After tearing his ACL in October, he took the floor for one possession and knocked down a three-pointer.
“What a perfect moment for a perfect kid,” said Head Coach Teddy Lyons. “Kids like Ty, Evin, and Nick are what Stoneman Douglas basketball is. They have built this culture. Jhalen, Damerius, Jordan, Jaylen, Tripp, and Dylan are great. I love all these kids, and I couldn’t be more proud and happier for them.”
This was the Eagles’ 15th win of the season. MSD, who started the year out 13-1, previously dropped four straight games. It was the first time in the past two years that the Eagles have dropped consecutive games before picking up a big win in the Sunshine State Broward vs. Dade Challenge against St. Brendan on Saturday.
“We have felt the disappointment of losing a few games here that we feel we could have and should have won, but there are lessons in every single game we lost that will prepare our staff and team to understand what it takes to win tough games as we head into the playoffs,” Lyons added.
MSD followed that up with a 59-50 victory to end North Broward Prep’s 10-game winning streak on Tuesday. MSD had Shaune Cannon filling in for Lyons, who will return for their final game against Hallandale High School on Jan. 31.
“Coach Shaune is a born leader,” Lyons said. “He has been the perfect compliment to myself and this group of unique kids.”
Next, the boys and girls basketball teams from MSD will return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 26, facing Coconut Creek High School.
- 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.
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