8A: Coral Springs topples Riverview in 8A Final
Whichever team won, it was going to be the school’s first boys basketball state championship.
And the first-time winner was Coral Springs, which came back from an early 10-point deficit to defeat No. 1-ranked Sarasota Riverview 61-57 in the Class 8A championship game of the FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships on Saturday at The Lakeland Center.
Neither team had previously won a state title in boys basketball and between them, they had just one previous state finals appearance — Riverview in 1993.
Along with being the first boys basketball championship for Coral Springs, it’s only the fourth state title in any sport for the school that opened in 1975. They also have two in golf and one in girls basketball (1979).
“It’s really near and dear to my heart,” Coral Springs coach Devin Barta said. “I’m an alumnus of Coral Springs. When I was there, there were no banners in the gym for boys basketball. I was like, ‘I want to put a banner up there, even a district title, so we started first with that.’
“I said I want to see a picture, I want to see a banner that’ll hang there forever. These guys bought into that, and I must be a pretty good salesman.”
The Colts (22-7) led by as many as nine in the fourth quarter but had to hold off a furious last-minute rally by Riverview that saw the Rams cut the lead to two with 11 seconds left.
Myron Dewar, who finished with 21 points, was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final minute including 4-for-4 in the last 11 seconds to ice the victory for the Colts.