Posted On: 02/13/20 12:16 AM

Over in Hallandale Beach, I took in the 4A-District 14 semifinals to determine the championship match-up set for Saturday.

In the night cap, top seed University School  maintained a double-digit lead throughout to defeat the #4 seed Mater Lakes Academy Bears, 77-50. The Sharks swarmed out on the Bears early, opening up a 20-4 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter. Just over eight minutes later, the back-to-back state champions would hold a 42-24 lead at the break. To put a synopsis on U-School's first half success, one only has to point to the size and length of its starters on the floor. The Sharks were able to disrupt the Bears passing lanes while causing Mater Lakes to shoot 10-for-29 in the first half. Overall, University was able to get scoring contributions from eight different players and saw four scorers in double figures. Currently, the Sharks sit 9th overall in the Florida High School Athletic Association rankings. 

It was a gritty performance for Mater Lakes Academy, who is a young group led by 2023 guards Anthony Floyd and Jamai Tejada. I profiled the pair earlier this season and neither should be discouraged by a defeat

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