Thursday night the Coral Glades Jaguars fell at home by a score of 67-42 to the visiting Nova Titans, ending their regular season with a subpar 6-14 record. As for the Titans, they improve to 19-4 on the season with district play approaching in February.
The matchup against Nova was senior night for the Jaguars and it was a big night for senior Julian Levy. The 4-year varsity player and heart and soul of the Coral Glades basketball program came into the game 21 points away from 1,000 for his career, and 25 short of the school record. Unfortunately, Levy came up short on this milestone and will have to wait for the Jaguars district matchup against the Taravella Trojans for another shot at the record.
The Titans offense began to pull away as the game progressed and Shemar Bennett was a focal point of the late game push. Bennett’s wingspan allowed him to dominate the Jaguars in the paint all night long, picking up the majority of his points on offensive rebounds. Seth Coddington ran the offense well for Nova and Zane Desouza found his stroke from outside, connecting multiple times from deep.
There was a special moment in the fourth quarter when senior Dylan Arias, four-year team manager, checked in the game for the Jaguars. After a few tries, Arias scored his first points of his high school career, much to the pleasure of the crowd and players from both teams. Although senior night did not go as planned for the Jaguars, who fell by a wide margin, it ended on a special note with Arias scoring.
The Jaguars have districts to look forward to in February against a district rival and red hot Taravella Trojans squad led by seniors Anthony Biggs and Marcus Cassesa. Nova will face off against Cypress bay later in the month before they enter districts. Nova is currently tied for first place in their district and will look to hang on to that title with a win against the Lightning.