8A: Coral Springs Holds Off Winter Park
Averaging just 4.2 points per game, Chris Lucien isn’t one of Coral Springs’ top scorers.
But when it came down to the final seconds and the game on the line, Colts coach Devin Barta wanted the ball in Lucien’s hands. He delivered, scoring four of the game’s final five points to lead the Colts to a 53-49 win over Winter Park in the Class 8A semifinals of the FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at The Lakeland Center.
For the game, Lucien had just nine points, but it was a basket and a pair of free throws after Winter Park had taken a 49-48 lead with 1:28 left that propelled Coral Springs into the Class 8A championship game against Sarasota Riverview tonight at 7:05.
“Chris has made a lot of clutch plays for us this year,” Barta said. “He had a buzzer-beater layup to open the season. Against (defending 8A champion) Wellington the other night (in the regional championship game), he was 8-for-8 (from the free throw line) down the stretch.”
Friday, it was Lucien’s basket with 1:01 left that gave Coral Springs a 50-49 lead and his two free throws with 22.3 seconds to play that pushed the lead to 52-49.
“I called the timeout on the sideline (before Lucien was fouled) because it looked like we were going to throw it in to someone else,” Barta said. “I called it to design it to make sure Chris got the ball.”
Myron Dewar added another free throw to ice it with 11 seconds to play, capping off a game in which Coral Springs led most of the game but Winter Park was always close.