Stoneman Douglas Boys’ Hoops Storm Off To Strong Start – Sun Sentinel

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Stoneman Douglas boys’ basketball coach Teddy Lyons took over the Eagles program three years ago and is finally seeing the results he had hoped for as they have begun the season 9-2.

The Eagles started the year off with a 51-45 loss to Western and followed that up with a 48-31 setback against Cooper City. Since then, they have reeled off nine straight victories, including its latest, a 77-35 victory over visiting Coral Springs Charter School.

In his first season, the Eagles finished 7-14 and then concluded a COVID-shortened 2020 year with a 3-6 year.

“When I came in, I wanted to build the culture,” Lyons said. “We have gotten to the point where I feel we can really compete. It was an inauspicious start, but everything seems to be coming together this year. Hopefully, we keep going.

“Last year was a rough year for me,” he said. “We didn’t have many games during the season and finished 3-5 and lost in the playoffs to a very good Deerfield Beach team. I wasn’t able to coach that game because my father had passed away after a long battle with cancer. It was a really rough year.”

Lyons said he came back this year even more determined.

“I grinded with these kids all summer and they are rewarding us, me and my assistant coach Jason Sucarichi, with the work we are putting in.

“We lost a game I thought we should have won against Western and then got beat by a very good Cooper City team,” Lyons said. “We didn’t play very well and they put it on us and we paid. After that Cooper City game, our seniors Diego Rodriguez and Sean Sucarichi got together with the guys in the parking lot and I don’t know what they said in that players-only meeting after that game, but they knew they could play better and they could play harder and they have responded. We have been battle-tested with a lot of different types of games and we have to do a few things better, but I feel good about where we are at.”

Senior guard Sean Sucarichi scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the first half as Stoneman Douglas jumped out to a 44-22 halftime advantage and coasted to the win.

Sucarichi started his high school basketball career at Taravella and transferred to Stoneman Douglas three years ago. The 17-year-old Coral Springs resident said the Eagles are finding their groove. They are hoping to add the fourth district championship in school history after winning in 1997, 2006 and 2015.

“We are coming together as a whole now,” he said. “We are pretty deep. We have a great starting five and everybody else brings good energy. They fight the whole game. I believe we can go really far.

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“We have to keep the foot on the gas and keep the motor up,” Sucarichi said. “We can go really far. We are tight like glue. We are friends off the court too, like family.”

Eagles’ senior center Wesley Aurelus and senior guard Diego Rodriguez each had 12 points, while junior guard Evin Jenkins and junior guard Nick Frazier (8 points each) and junior forward Jordan Thomas (7) also contributed.

Stoneman Douglas senior guard Diego Rodriguez, left, looks to drive to the basket in a recent game against visiting Coral Springs Charter. The Eagle rolled to a 77-35 victory for their ninth win in a row. (Gary Curreri/Contributor)

“Our team is really solid this year,” said Rodriguez, 18, who lives in Parkland. “I feel like we are all connected. I feel like it is a great team and everybody likes each other. The chemistry is great. We just hang out all the time and we are friends off the court.”

Junior guard Ty Stevens (4 points), senior guard Brandon Gopaul and junior guard Noah George (3 points each) also found the scoresheet for the Eagles.

“We just love playing the game and playing with each other,” Rodriguez said. “It’s fun. We press a lot and we like to force turnovers and get easy baskets. After we lost the first two, it wasn’t a big deal. We knew we would bounce back. I believe we are good and we are confident we can win every basketball game.”

Coral Springs Charter (1-8) was led by junior forward John Hefferman (9 points), freshman guard Camden Fearon (7) and junior guard Camden Fearon (6).