BY GENE NARDI
The Wellington High School boys varsity basketball squad traveled to crosstown rival Palm Beach Central High School on Friday, Jan. 24, defeating the Broncos 51-36 before a capacity crowd.
Both teams traded scores early and were deadlocked 4-4, but not for long. It was the Wolverines that settled into a more consistent rhythm and commanded a 14-8 lead going into the second quarter.
Wellington (12-10) extended its lead midway through the second quarter to 21-8. The Broncos clawed back, winning some rebounds, to close the gap within 9 points at 24-15 at the end of the first half.
The Broncos (8-14) had a strong third quarter, winning some turnovers and coming within 4 points of the Wolverine lead at 34-30.
In the final period, Wellington kicked it in high gear on both sides of the ball. The Wolverines limited the Broncos to just 6 points and put up a game-high 17 points on offense for the 51-36 win.
Danny Prud’Homme put up 17 points and four 3-point baskets to lead the Wolverines. Wellington’s Alex Dieudonne added 13 points. Javierre Betts tallied 20 points for Palm Beach Central.
The Broncos hosted Glades Central High School on Wednesday, Jan. 29, but results were not available at press time. They travel next to Park Vista High School on Friday, Jan. 31 for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Meanwhile, Wellington hosts West Boca Raton High School on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
ABOVE: Bronco guard Javierre Betts tries to move the ball up the court.