CORAL SPRINGS – Junior wing Ace Taylor scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while junior guard Daniel MacGregor added 28 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Clearwater Calvary Christian past Coral Springs, 83-52, at the 33rd Annual Kreul Classic, Tuesday. The Warriors raced out to a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter and never looked back to improve to 8-2 overall. The Colts fell to 5-5.
The 6-foot-6 Taylor was terrific all game with his three-level scoring ability and rebounding. His length and soft touch around the basket gave Coral Springs problems all night. Taylor was also able to extend the floor for two 3-pointers. The 6-foot-1 MacGregor was relentless attacking the basket using his compact frame and toughness. More so, his shifty handle and burst led to opportunities at the rim. MacGregor’s non-stop motor and leadership on the floor was evident throughout the game.
“I was really proud of the guy’s energy we brought today and intensity,” said Calvary Christian head coach Keb Burley. “The effort was outstanding, so very proud of the guys. Ace really came out and played hard today. He had a really good game, proud of his effort. He was locked in mentally and just came out and did a fantastic job. Daniel is always locked in. He is ready to go any day of the week. He gave us another great effort.”
MacGregor averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and five assists last season. As a sophomore, he helped Calvary Christian win 22 games before falling to Tampa Catholic in the regional semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament. Macgregor is regarded as one of the best players in the Tampa area.
“I felt like the team we played was great and I felt like our team came out to play,” said MacGregor. “We were ready to compete and just play our game. I’m a dog and a winner. I just want to win no matter what.”
The Colts’ slow first quarter start picked up behind junior Jahiem Goldbourne. The 6-foot-2 forward finished strong with a team-high 17 points. Goldbourne found some success scoring down the lane and off put-backs, especially in the second half. Senior guard Noah Yehya added nine points on a pair of 3-pointers. Despite the deficit, Coral Springs kept up the defensive pressure which led to turnovers late in the outing. The Colts scored 16 and 14 points over the final two quarters in part due to their defensive diligence before the Warriors crossed half court.
Still, the offensive firepower of Calvary Christian was too much to overcome. Taylor’s big-time effort came after averaging 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore. His ascendence along with Macgregor’s steady presence gives the Warriors a formidable 1-2 punch.
“We played with a really good effort and moved the ball really well,” said Taylor. “If we didn’t make any shots, we crashed and got the rebounds. We played pretty well. I played pretty well. I work on all things. Usually, I do the spin move and hook shot. They’re pretty good.”