MSD men’s varsity basketball has record-setting season


Sophie Goodman

Guard Tripp Davis (12) handles the ball past the opposing Coconut Creel defense. The Eagles went on to win the game 73-34, contributing towards their successful season.

Quincy Siffort, Writer

The 2021-22 season for the MSD men’s varsity basketball team was very successful. The team still experienced the ups and downs and heartbreaks of a typical season.

The Eagles started the season 0-2 in tough losses against Cooper City and Western High School.

The first game of the season, MSD had a neutral game against Western High. The team ended up losing by six in an overtime thriller. With nine seconds left in regulation, Western stole the ball off the inbound and drained a three pointer to tie the game and put it into overtime. Momentum was in Western’s hands for the rest of the game and they ended up winning.

The next game Douglas played was an away game against Cooper City High. MSD was outplayed for seemingly the entire game and ended up losing by 17 in a demoralizing way.

For the next 10 games the Eagles exploded for ten straight wins, which is a school record. They played rival schools like Coral Glades and Taravella. Both of the games were nail-biters and went down to the wire. MSD won these games by a total margin of five points.

Moreover, Douglas had multiple wins by over 20 points over schools like Pompano Beach High, Coral Springs Charter, and King’s Academy. King’s Academy was arguably the best team MSD played during this huge win streak with a 11-2 record at the time they played.

The Eagles’ win streak ended against Stranahan High School in a 64-54 loss. Douglas fought hard the whole game and was leading by eight points at one point. At that point in time, Stranahan was ranked 17th in the state and was one the favorites to win a state championship.

MSD went on to win their last seven games of the regular season winning by an average of 15 points per game showing that they deserve the top seed in the district.

On Douglas’ senior night against Coconut Creek High School, they put on a show. Winning by a margin of 39 points and celebrating the seniors.

The Eagles were on a roll heading into districts, ranked second in the tournament; they had a seemingly easy first round matchup against Boca High.

In the beginning of the game, it was close with each side making mistakes and not converting on the offensive end. As the early game jitters got out, MSD got out to a lead using their ability to finish around the basket. The game was back-and-forth heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles got out to another eight point lead. Late in the fourth, Boca came surging back and got the lead and didn’t look back. Boca upset MSD in a 58-52 win.

Though Douglas’ season came to a heartbreaking end, they were able to put themselves in the school history books. Still proving many doubters wrong, they should be proud of what they were able to do.