The state of Florida scoring leader B.J. Taylor poured in 44 points on Thursday night to lead Boone (14-7, 2-0) to a 76-70 comeback victory over Dr. Phillips (12-5, 1-1) for sole possession of first place in 8A, District 4.
Sophomore Q Bargnare added 15 points for the Braves.
Taylor, a 6-foot-2 UCF signee, upped his season scoring average to 34.9 points per game, tops all-time for the Metro Conference. His 734 points for the year is a new school record, surpassing the previous Braves record of 662 set by Benny Shaw, who scored 662 in 27 games.
Jonathan Laurent scored 20 for DP.
Keith Stone Scores 30pts
ZION LUTHERAN 68, RANSOM EVERGLADES 47: Junior forward Keith Stone scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Lions, but it was big third quarter that helped Zion (16-5) prevail.
A 16-5 run in the third quarter did the most damage with eight points coming from Vince Stubbs, who finished with 18 points "I think everything starts with our defense,: Zion Lutheran coach John Guion said.
"We are really getting confident in what we're doing. Offensively Stone and Stubbs are so capable and we are very capable. We are playing well as a team." Ransom Everglades senior center Trey Mourning, son of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning was held to 12 points. He was the only player from Ransom in double figures. The Zion defense did a great job keeping Mourning from having clean looks at the basket.
Providence outlasts St. John Bosco in a thriller
Providence (Jacksonville) out lasted Bellflower St. John Bosco, No. 10 in National Prep Polls' preseason ranks, for a 75-70 victory in the fifth and final game of the opening day of the City of Palms Classic.
Led by Duke commit Grayson Allen and his 31 points, seven rebounds, the Stallions, No. 16 in National Prep Polls' preseason ranks, scored the Braves, 22-16 in the fourth quarter to win it.
“It was a back-and-forth game. We wanted to start the first half aggressive and give them the first blow. It was a game of runs. Coach told us to not get too happy after a short run. Just too stay focused.”
Christian Terrell produced 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The future FGCU player said it was very exciting to play in front of a crowd that could be was exciting to play in front of a crowd that can be watching him next year at FGCU.