J.P. Taravella Boys Basketball Hosts Senior Night in NBA Arena

J.P. Taravella Boys Basketball Hosts Senior Night in NBA Arena

Photos by Coach Curtis Bonny.

By: Matt Rothman

It has been a wild season for the J.P. Taravella boys basketball team.

They not only had to face COVID-19, but they also couldn’t play any home games due to damage to their home court.

On Monday, JPT held their senior night against Elite Academy at the FTX Arena — home of the Miami Heat. The Trojans ended up falling 55-53 but played well against a team that had a record of 17-3 this year.

“Playing and coaching in the FTX Arena was a dream was a dream come true,” said Head Coach Curtis Bonny. “Both teams got a reality check and newfound appreciation for the NBA three-point line. Once the initial jitters were out, we all got back to playing our games.”

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Still, the Trojans had the chance to honor six terrific seniors before their game in Fernando Garrido, Jeremy Stewart, James Dixson, Arturo Meeks, Dorsainvil Jean Jr., and Le’jaugh Franklyn.

Fernando Garrido. {Verified Visuals}

Garrido, Dixson, and Meeks combined for 41 points. 

“I truly love and enjoy coaching this group of kids,” Coach Bonny added. “They used each adversity as an opportunity to grow as a student-athlete and human being in general. They truly embodied our team motto, “Get Better Every Day.”

The Trojans are now 7-13 this season and will have two more games in the regular season before they play South Plantation High School in the District Championship on Tuesday, February 8.

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Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism. Originally from Long Island, he moved to Parkland shortly after high school.

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