| February, 2014

Fiers ‘back home’ at DBHS

Posted on 27 February 2014 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Gary Curreri

While Deerfield Beach High School’s baseball team is still searching for its first win of the season, it already scored a victory of sorts during the offseason.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers, a 2003 graduate of Deerfield Beach High, spent a few weeks at his alma mater helping coach the players before he left for spring training. The Pompano native worked with both the pitcher and position players on the varsity and junior varsity programs.

Fiers said he came back to help players reach the next level. He is good friends with Bucks assistant coach Mike Dobre and asked to come out and help.

I wanted to help them out with everything whether it is baseball or life in general,” said Fiers, who is 10-14 for his major league career. “I came out every day before I left for spring training and I loved being out there.”

After graduating from Deerfield Beach, Fiers went on to Broward College, spent a year at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky for one year and finished as an All-American at Nova Southeastern University. He was drafted in 2009 in the 22nd round by Milwaukee and reached the big leagues in 2011.

Fiers said he always had a dream to pitch in the major leagues. He played with another major leaguer in Mickey Storey, who is a pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays, for three years at Deerfield.

It’s definitely a tough game and takes a lot of hard work,” said Fiers, 28, of Pompano Beach. “I pride myself on that. I always had that dream and I wanted it. I’ve had setbacks. I’ve had success. It was a long journey. I had the mindset of knowing I was going to make it and staying positive.”

Fiers said he was impressed by the work ethic the players displayed at DBHS. He worked on the fundamentals of baseball with many of the players. In his senior year at Deerfield Beach, they lost in the regional final to Hialeah High.

It was his second visit to Deerfield Beach High since he graduated. Fiers went while he was at Broward College and also volunteered at nearby Zion Lutheran when Dobre was a coach there.

I like coaching and helping out kids,” Fiers said. “They have to take it as a game, because it is a game. You want to go out and have fun and that makes it easier. Some guys maybe take it as a job, but it is not a job yet. You want to get good grades and that will help you out.”

I graduated 10 years ago and it feels the same,” Fiers continued. “It is good to come back and help them get where they want to go. I just want them to compete and, hopefully, their mindset is to want to win. I just wanted to try and make the game as simple as possible.”

Deerfield Beach High School junior Kyle Miller said it was a bonus to have Fiers around.

It was great to have coach Fiers around,” Miller said. “He’s been through this program before and he knows the ins and outs of baseball. He is somebody you can listen to because he is at the top level of baseball right now.

He is not just some guy that puts on a hat and calls himself a coach,” Miller added. “He lives it every day. It was good to have him around teaching us.”

Miller said among the things that Fiers helped him with was his approach to pitching.

He is a right-handed pitcher who doesn’t throw 98 (mph), but he knows how to pitch and get outs,” Miller said. “He relies on good off speed pitches and good location. You really learn good pitching from a guy like Mike Fiers. It’s cool that he volunteered to give back to the program, a program that gave him so much as a kid.”

This definitely gives you hope to see a guy who came out of Deerfield and has had great success playing the sport,” Miller said. “It shows a lot of kids that if you work hard every day and you want it bad enough, even if you don’t throw a 106-mph fastball, you can still have success.”

Mike was like the Pied Piper with the players following him and picking his brain,” said first year Bucks coach Angelo Latrento. “He’s a homegrown kid who gave the kids hope and motivation.”

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FLICKS: August Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club & MIFF

Posted on 27 February 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


August Osage County is your typical Hollywood contender for an academy award. It features serious award-winning actors like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper. The story is based on a Pulitzer Award-winning play and it has the Weinstein Brothers marketing machine behind it. The film is finely directed by John Wells with an emphasis on symbolic cinematography, contrasting the beautiful landscapes of Oklahoma with the spider’s lair of the Weston Family.

We are introduced to Pa Weston (Sam Shepard), who has hired a caregiver. Pa disappears and Ma (Streep) summons her family. With children portrayed by Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson, one can expect shouting matches around the subjects of drug abuse, suicide and incest. In between this dysfunctional family feud, this film features moments of comedy and laughter.

The problem is that it does not feel like a slice of life. For all of its technical beauty, it’s an ugly film to watch. Streep and Roberts reveal their inner barnacles and give excellent, but disturbing, performances.

Disturbing best describes the ensemble cast in Dallas Buyers Club. Directed by Jean- Marc Vallee, this film features extreme close-ups of the AIDS epidemic from the perspective of both patient and caregiver. Yet given its gloomy premise, it has many redemptive moments.

Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a roughhousing rodeo cowboy. After an orgy, Ron contracts the HIV virus and is given 30 days to live. During this month, he runs afoul the medical community and dislikes being associated with the homosexual community. When he survives past his original death sentence, he challenges the medical community when he learns about AZT – a drug that can postpone full blown AIDS. McConaughey gives the performance of his career and is likely to take home an Oscar Sunday night.

Dallas Buyers Club and August Osage County are performance- driven movies with the best actors of the age.

For 31 days, Turner Classic Movies has been presenting Oscar-nominated and winning films from the previous 85 years. Given the distance of time, one can see that performances can become outdated. Though Oscar-nominated, Sir Laurence Olivier gave an unintentionally comic performance as Othello complete in blackface minstrel. How I wish I caught James Earl Jones’ performance in Othello at Parker Playhouse 30 years ago. Christopher Plummer, who portrayed Iago in that stage production, will be honored at the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), which begins March 7. Mike Myers, Shirley MacLaine, John Turturro and Andy Garcia are expected to attend.

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Posted on 27 February 2014 by LeslieM


Feb. 13 A woman reported her bicycle stolen from the Tri-Rail station at 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 13 A woman reported her home at 418 SE 2 Court entered by two men. When the men saw her, they fled.

Feb. 13 A woman reported her car parked at 331 NE 48 St. broken into and a stereo system stolen.

Feb. 14 Two men were arrested and charged with entering a home at 4261 NE 4 Ave. and stealing a flat- screen television and an iPad.

Feb. 14 It was reported that a decal was stolen from a license plate from a car parked at 660 SW 14 St.

Feb. 16 An individual was arrested and charged with shoplifting at TJ Maxx at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

DEERFIELD — District 4

Feb. 17 Conveyance burglary was reported at Starlight Cove, 550 NW 39 Terr. Complainant advised BSO that he delayed reporting a burglary to an unlocked work van for one week. The loss was approximately $7.

Feb. 17 Residential burglary was reported in Independence Bay, at 401 Lincoln Court. The caller advised BSO that someone broke the front bedroom window and entered the residence. They took a 42″ flat screen TV (unknown make or model, worth $300) and exited from the rear sliding door. The area was checked with negative results.


Feb. 4 Someone broke into a 2009 Suzuki SX4 parked in a driveway at 4400 NE 28 Ave. and stole $15 in cash.

Feb. 4 Someone stole a Lincoln Town Car that was not operating properly from a driveway at 2730 NE 44 St. in the early morning hours. It was found nearby.

Feb. 6 Someone stole two bottles of Vicodin and Percocet from a residence at 3701 NE 27 Terr. The victim has no idea who may have taken them.

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Posted on 27 February 2014 by LeslieM

RE: ‘Walk a Mile for a Cure’

Dear Editor:

Thank you so much to those who participated in the Walk a Mile for a Cure Beach Walk [early Sunday morning, Feb. 16, during Founders’ Days.]

There were 108 participants of all ages and we raised $1,770 for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The weather was beautiful and I think everyone had a great time getting fresh air and walking the beach, followed by a delicious breakfast of donuts, bagels and fruit … all for such a worthy cause!

Hopefully, this will become an annual event and, for this reason, I would love any comments you would like to share … anything you liked or thought could be changed for next year … your input is appreciated!

Christie McVay

Youth Engagement Chair

Relay for Life of Deerfield Beach/Lighthouse Point/ Hillsboro Beach



Posted on 27 February 2014 by LeslieM

Florida Renaissance Festival

Through March 16 (Weekends), 10 a.m. to sunset

Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

$20-adults/$9-children ages 6-11/Kids 5 & younger free. www.ren-fest.com or 800-3-REN-FES.

St. Ambrose Carnival

Thursday, Feb. 27 to March 2

St. Ambrose Church 380 S. Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Rides, games, food, drinks, entertainment, Bingo and more! Ticket prices for rides vary. 954-427-2225 or www.stambrosecarnival.com for more info.

Pompano Beach Republican Club meets

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Community Center 1801 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Guest speaker: Andrea McGee, candidate for Congress, District 22. Refreshments served. 954-786-7536.

Premier Master’s Art Show

Friday, Feb. 28, 6 to 9 p.m.

2611 E. Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Artists from around Florida showcasing photography, painting, collage and mixed media. Live music and wine. Admission free/open to public. 100 percent of art sales go directly to artist. 954-788-9044 or www.greightspaces.com.

First Christian Church Yard Sale

Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Christian Church 1860 NE 39 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Proceeds go toward church youth fundraiser activities. 954-942-2515.

First Annual Victorian Gothic Masquerade

Saturday, March 1, 7 to 11 p.m.

Sample McDougald House 450 NE 10 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

New Orleans, early 1800s setting, costumed dance unique and interactive performers, musicians, DJ, opportunities to learn the waltz and be professionally photographed. Black tie affair, mask required. $65 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres and two drinks. Cash bar available.) Tickets must be purchased in advanced at http://artisticproductionsinc.com.

Historic Butler House Tour

Saturday, Mar. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Butler House 380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Call for appointment: 954-429-0378.

Boca Raton Green Market

Saturday, Mar. 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Royal Palm Place S. Fed. Hwy. & SE Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432

Farm-to-table, freshly-picked produce and organics from local growers, plants, flowers, bakery items and more. 561- 299-8684.

Women’s History Month event

Saturday, Mar. 1, 11 a.m.

Deerfield Beach Percy White Library 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The History of Women Artists from the 1500s. 954-357- 7680.

Free Prostate Screening

Saturday, Mar. 1, 10 a.m. to noon

Broward Health North 201 E. Sample Rd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Register for free prostate screening. By appointment only. 954-759-7400.

Intracoastal Clean-up

Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m.

Sullivan Park (on Riverview Rd., off Hillsboro Blvd.) Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Help remove trash and debris. Volunteers of all ages welcome and will receive WWCU T-shirt and invitation to “Trash Bash” after party. Wear close-toed shoes, sunscreen and clothes for getting dirty. Bring bottled water. Gloves provided. Visit waterwaycleanup.org for more information and to sign up.

Shimmy for a Cause

Sunday, March 2, 4 p.m.

Puppetry Arts Center Theater 94 NE 2 Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33444

See some belly dancing and give back! Hosted by the Anti- Cancer Belly Dancers, benefits Relay for Life. $25. www.beledy.net/acbd.

Annual Black Heritage, Women’s History Month Banquet

Saturday, March 1, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.).

Westside Park Dr. Leo J. Robb, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium 445 SW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Soul food buffet and entertainment by Reaxion Band and Ethnotricity African Dance Group. Guest speakers: Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Bishop Quan L. Miller. Also “Saluting Hometown Heroes” honorees: Troy Randell, William “Willie” West, Francine Baugh, Coach Allen Jackson, Amie Kay Tanner and Rev. Geraldine Miller. Tickets at Johnny Tigner, Sr. Community Center for $25. African attire recommended, but not required. For more information, call 954- 480-4480 or visit www.deerfield-beach.com

Women’s issues support group

Tuesday, March 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Faulk Center for Counseling 2455 Boca Rio Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33433

For women who need support and to discuss concerns about everything from finances and divorce to caregiving issues, loss of a loved one, substance abuse, general malaise and more! First meeting free. Only $5 after. Call for more info: 561-483-5300. www.faulkcenterforcounseling.org

The Legends Rock On Show

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Doors open 6:30 p.m. $12. 954-786-4111.

Pickleball / Free Demo Clinic

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 9 to 11 a.m.

Constitution Park 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Great for seniors and young adults. 954-480-4494.

Save the date: DB Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Gala

Saturday, March 8, 6 p.m.

Deer Creek Country Club 2801 DC Country Club Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Visit www.deerfieldchamber.com for details.

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CLERGY CORNER: Ever think about Adoption?

Posted on 27 February 2014 by LeslieM

Many years ago, a friend and his wife learned they would not be able to have their own natural born children. They decided to adopt. It took the patience of a judge for them to move through the process, but they finally succeeded.

They imagined an infant from the beginning. An infant, they thought, would be perfect and know them as parents from the outset. What they received were not one, but two, young boys. These boys were anything but infants and anything but perfect. They had been abused by their drug-addicted parents. The boys arrived with mental, psychological and emotional baggage.

But, my friend and his wife were steadfast in their parental duties, long-suffering in their love for these two boys through formative years of school expulsions, arrests, juvenile detention and one heart-wrenching problem after another.

My friend once told me, “As hard as it has been, our faith has grown alongside these boys. The experience may have given us insight as to how God feels watching us grow!”

Adoption meant these boys received far more than a new last name and safe place to stay. They were adopted into a family. They were forgiven even when they didn’t deserve it. They were loved. They survived.

Did you ever wonder what would have become of baby Moses had he not been adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter or what would have happened to Hadassah, the beautiful young woman who became Queen Esther, had she not been adopted by good ole Uncle Mordecai?

Moses likely would have been drowned with the other male babies. Hadassah probably would have been killed with the rest of her people. The course of human history and the development of Judeo Christian faith traditions would at the very least be different were it not for God’s plans for adoption.

What are God’s plans for adoption today?

There are thousands of children in South Florida in need of physical adoption. If you are able, then I encourage you to consider adoption, But, the truth is, we all have need of adoption, just an adoption of a different, more permanent, kind.

The Apostle Paul says it this way: “Even before God made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ….” [Ephesians 1:4- 5, NLT]

Our most important adoption is made possible by the cross, not by the courts. There is no lengthy legal process. We consent to our adoption when we accept Christ as Lord.

No perfection required. None of us remain innocent as a newborn child. We all have baggage. None of us are always loveable, and we may not deserve forgiveness, but we all can have it through Christ.

Pray God continues to be steadfast and longsuffering with the open loving arms of adoption, patiently watching us grow and accepting us into the family.

Ever think about adoption? I hope so because the most consequential adoption you will ever think about is your own …

Dennis Andrews is a minister at Community Presbyterian Church of Deerfield Beach (Steeple on the Beach) located five blocks south of Hillsboro on A1A. See more at www.comm unitych.org or on Facebook. Worship gatherings are: Saturdays @ Six, Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

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Woodward & Bernstein at FAU

Posted on 27 February 2014 by JLusk

IMG_5788By Rachel Galvin

On Feb. 19, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein visited the campus of Florida Atlantic University. Moderated by historian and former director of Nixon’s presidential library Tim Naftali, the event included a back and forth between the duo talking about everything from the Watergate scandal and subsequent resignation (and later pardoning) of President Nixon to interactions with later presidents and others. President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the list of mentions in a talk that contained much humor and candor. The event brought in approximately 2400 people to the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium.

Bernstein classified Nixon as ‘the most fascinating figure in history’ saying that even after office, he still was in the arena “fighting for his own version of history.” He called Nixon ‘a human character that borders on being a tragic figure.’ He mused about Nixon’s deep desire for the presidency and the tragedy of getting his goal and then squandering it. He viewed Nixon as a “great political mind,” saying that his portraits of foreign leaders were “brilliant” and “incisive.” He also noted that Nixon seemed to understand his own downfall.

Woodward said that when Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, he called his friends and family to the east room to address them. In his “raw and unscripted” talk, he spoke about his mother and father and said that ‘others may hate you; but if you hate them, you destroy yourself.’

He got that hate was the piston of his administration,” said Woodward. “He knew that hating was what did him in.”

Naftali added that Kissinger learned from Churchill that the smartest way to be remembered was to write history about yourself. Kissinger, he said, wrote that he was the strategist and Nixon was the tactician. Actually, said Naftali, it was the opposite.

Woodward and Bernstein talked about how they were not believed by the general public or even by some of their own co-workers, but their editor stuck with them through thick and thin. The White House press core seemed to deflect their questions with ease by saying that the “Washington Post” was a “Fountain of misinformation.” The public, said, Bernstein, could not believe that the White House could ever “do anything so stupid as Watergate.”

When they did their due diligence to give the White House a chance to respond, they were ridiculed and threatened. When Bernstein called John Mitchell, the Attorney General of the U.S., for a comment and read him what they planned to put in print, including his involvement, Mitchell said, after saying Jesus’s name several times, “… if you run all that crap in the paper, Katie Graham (publisher of the “Washington Post”) is going to get her tit caught in a big fat wringer.”

Bernstein quipped, “I was more worried about my parts than Graham’s,” adding that Mitchell said “in a voice I can still hear today, ‘when this campaign is over, we’re going to do a story on you two boys…’.” Bernstein knew the threat was not an idle one.

When Bernstein told his editor Ben Bradlee about the conversation, he asked, “He really said that about Ms. Graham? Print the whole thing, but leave out her tit.”

[They talked about how Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” based on their book, did not want to play the editor role at first, despite the hefty $50,000 salary, because all the editor seemed to say was ‘Where is the f***ing story?’ They explained that that was what the editor of The “Washington Post” said. He finally agreed.]

During the Q&A, someone asked about Edward Snowden, to which Bernstein replied,”His actions have produced an awareness in this country and world about the scope of what NSA does.”

Although he viewed the information Snowden provided the masses as useful, he did point out that the issue needs to still be viewed in context of living in an age of terrorism.

Woodward felt that the main concern that we, as citizens, should be worried about is “secret government,” paraphrasing a judge who recently said that “democracy dies in darkness.”

Woodward said, “[After the Clinton presidency, in 2005] I asked Gore what percent of what went on in the Clinton White House (did we know ), he said 1 percent. If Clinton wrote a tell-all, [we would know] 20 percent.”

He said it is the job of journalism, citizens and the Congress to figure it out [what is going on in the government] and bring it to light.

The duo mentioned President Obama’s presidency, feeling he really is anti-war, but knowing that his use of drones is inconsistent with that agenda, something they deem to be quite difficult for him. In addition, they discussed their interactions with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Woodward said that Clinton upon meeting him mentioned she quoted his book so much she should give him royalties. When asked which passage, she said it was about when he interviewed President George W. Bush, asking “How do you think history will judge you on Iraq?”

Woodward retold the story, saying, “[Bush] said ‘history … we won’t know. We’ll all be dead.”

Clinton said to him adamantly, “You can’t think like that and be the president of the United States. Bush is a fatalist.”

Woodward quipped that he retorted, “Lincoln was a fatalist,” to which Clinton pounded her first against her hand and said, “George Washington, Thomas Jefferson … Bill …would never talk like that.”

Regarding President Gerald Ford pardoning Nixon, Woodward and Bernstein were angry at first, feeling it was “the final corrupt act [of the government]” But when Caroline Kennedy honored Ford with her “Profiles in Courage,” they saw that Ford’s response was actually a brave act beneficial to the country after all. Ford, they explained, felt that not pardoning Nixon would lead to Nixon, then a private citizen, being jailed and ‘two to three more years of Watergate.’ Ford wanted his own presidency and did not want to drag the country through any more than it had already endured.’

Woodward and Bernstein learned from this the importance of not rushing to judgment, a problem they have seen through the years, especially more recently, in journalism. They also see a lack of funding in journalism, and Woodward added that journalists need to get out in the field more, rather than typing away at their desks.

These were just a few of the topics they addressed during their talk and Q&A. Some of their responses were contested by guests following the lecture as they talked amongst themselves while waiting in a long line to get their recently purchased books written by the pair to be autographed at their book signing.

The following day, the pair went to FAU’s Jupiter campus for another talk.
















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Parade 2014 Founders’ Days

Posted on 20 February 2014 by LeslieM

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Bed Race 2014 Founders’ Days

Posted on 20 February 2014 by LeslieM

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Tigers fall in regional semifinal

Posted on 20 February 2014 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Gary Curreri

And just like that, Blanche Ely’s hopes for a boys’ basketball three-peat were squashed by a team that had its number all season. The Blanche Ely boys’ basketball team dropped a 61-54 decision in the Class 7A regional semifinal to host Boyd Anderson on Tuesday night, and, with it, vanished a spot in history.

Blanche Ely (21-5), which last season became the first boys’ basketball team to win back-to-back titles as it joined Dillard (2000-03) and Pine Crest (2008-09). They came up short in their bid to become the 12th in state history to win three consecutive titles.

Cobras’ guard Pitchon Pierre sank eight free throws in the fourth quarter as host Boyd Anderson (24-5) held off a late charge by the two-time defending Class 7A state champion to pull out the win. Pierre finished with 12 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds.

Blanche Ely (21-5), which had won 11 consecutive playoff games, closed to within two points at 45-43 with 6:24 left in the game, but struggled at the line and fell for the fourth consecutive time in five meetings against Boyd Anderson this season. The Cobras were 19 of 24 from the line, while Ely converted just 14 of 24 from the charity stripe.

It was a well-fought game, and what killed us was we lost it at the free throw line,” said Tigers coach Melvin Randall. “We missed double digits at the line.

You have to get to the line and knock them down and we didn’t. That was an important factor in the game. We have been shooting like that off and on the entire season. We had a couple of games this season where we shot 70-plus percent, but we made it hard in games this year by missing what we did at the line.”

Boyd Anderson’s Rodney Simeon had 17 points, while Nick Eubanks added 14 points and eight rebounds. Lance Tejada led Blanche Ely with 18 points, while Therell Gosier and Javon Heastie each had 11.

Boyd Anderson jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the first quarter as Simeon scored seven of his team-high 17 points and Dondre Duffus hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining in the period.

Blanche Ely battled back to take a 15-14 lead as it scored the first four points of the second quarter on two free throws by Javon Heastie and a basket off a steal by Gosier.

The host Cobras then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good at 22-15 on two free throws by Diondre Wilson. Boyd Anderson led 27-21 at halftime and extended the advantage to 29-21 on a rebound and layup by Nick Eubanks. Tejada then got hot as he made a free throw and a short jumper and found Gosier cutting to the basket for a layup to trim the lead to 26-29 with six minutes left in the third quarter.

The Tigers were also dealt a blow in the third quarter when Gosier was whistled for two fouls in a 38-second span and had to sit with four fouls and Boyd Anderson leading 30- 28. Gosier had scored eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots until then and didn’t re-enter the game until there was 3:02 remaining and the Cobras leading 51-46.

The game seesawed back and forth; however, the Tigers, which had won 11 consecutive playoff games, could get no closer than two points at 45-43 with 6:24 left.

I am disappointed, but I am not upset or mad that we lost,” said Tigers coach Melvin Randall. “It would be selfish for me to bicker. Of course, I wanted to win; but, in looking back, I have been there six times and won five.”

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