Late block propels Columbus to victory

 

Special to The Miami Herald

Coming into the Thursday night’s game against Columbus, the South Miami boys’ basketball team was ranked first in the state in Class 8A.

After the Explorers’ Kevin O’Brien made a last-second block at the buzzer to defeat the Cobras 38-37 at home, Columbus (12-2, District 7-1) is now tied with South Miami (11-3, District 7-1) for the first-place seed in District 15-8A.

“They are ranked No. 1 in the state. Our guys followed the game plan to the letter,” Columbus coach Henry Lorenzo said. “Johnny Minervino, Marquise Clark and Chris Melendez and Kevin O’Brien came up with huge timely three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

“It gives us a great opportunity to be tied in the district. Columbus and South Miami have battled over the years.”

Trailing by one point, South Miami’s Jorge Perez Leham went up for a last-second shot, but the shot was blocked by O’Brien to seal the victory.

O’Brien also put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Leham scored 10 points for the Cobras, but it was still not enough to stop the Explorers from redeeming themselves for a 54-32 loss in November to South Miami at home.

Columbus 38, South Miami 37 – COL (12-2): Melendez 6, Minervino 9, Clark 7, Rico 2, O’Brien 14. SM (11-3): Leham 10, Bartley 2, Cratit 7, Lopez 7, Barney 2, Simmons 8. Halftime: COL 17-13. Three-pointers: Melendez, Minervino 3, Clark 2, O’Brien 2, Leham 2, Kratit. Rebounds: O’Brien 11. Assists: Minervino 5. Steals; Minervino 3, Clark 3.

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

•  Kreul Classic – Hialeah Gardens 62, Lexington Catholic 60 – HG: Sanchez 10, Huertas 9, Frye 2, Gonzalez 20, Simoza 15, Leonardo 6. LC: Avare 8, Griffin 14, Johnson 11, Ryan 5, Whitman 18, Banahan 4. Three-pointers: Avare 2, Griffin 2, Johnson 2, Sanchez, Simoza 1.

•  Kreul Classic – High Point Christian 65, University 33 – HPC: McLean 7, Mack 5, Baldwin 7, Wright 12, Kent 10, Gill 4, Masten 5, Williams 3, Kobani 12. US: Romero 3, Barton 9, Kulhari 2, Bullock 4, Allen 6, Bain 7, Striggles 2. Three-pointers: Romero, Barton, McLean 2, Mack, Baldwin, Kent 2.

Braddock 41, South Dade 38 – BRA (5-5): Ramos 12, Fernandez 11, Arrieta 10, Farinas 4, Rosario 4. SD: Beaufort 9, Birtz 8, Davis 8, Fernandez 7, Gavo 2, Collins 2, Hall 2. Halftime: SD 25-11. Three-pointers: Fernandez 3, Arrieta 1, Ramos 1. Rebounds: Arrieta 6. Assists: Arrieta 5.

•  Doral 55, LaSalle 36 – DOR: Reese 12, Ruiz 11, Fernandez 8, Mercondez 6, Mendia 6, Santos 4, Pierre 4, Solivan 3, Garcia 2. Halftime: DOR 27-13.

Carol City 52, American 49 – CC: White 4, Smith 13, Mckennie 15, Williams 5, Thompkins 14, Bell 2, Jackson 1. AME: Foster 15, Andrews 12, Tavernier 5, Escobar 11, Liz 4. Halftime: CC 15-10. Rebounds: Thompkins 14. Blocks: Thompkins 3. Steals: Mckennie 4. Three-pointers: Mckennie 1, Smith 1, Williams 1, Foster 3, Tavernier 1, Escobar 3, Andrews 2.

•  American Prep 63, Grace Academy 38 – AP (11-3): Servero 4, Adem 10, Sawyer 12, Lindsay 19, Brown 18. GA: Easterling 21, Prass 13, Dunn 4. Halftime AP 27-12. Three-pointers: Lindsay 3, Easterling 4, Servero 1. Rebounds: Brown 14. Assists: Sawyer 7. Steals: Servero 5.

•  Coral Park 54, Ferguson 53.

•  Palmer Trinity Holiday Tournament – Varela 42, Vero Beach 40 – VAR: Gutierrez 12, Lafontant 10, Navarro 8, Pujol 6, Baez 3, Duran 2, Washington 1. Three-pointers: Gutierrez 3, Pujol 2, Baez 1. Rebounds: Navarro 10. Steals: Pujol 3. Assists: Navarro 3.

•  Northwestern 58, Miami Beach 45 – NW: Nottage 8, Hatcher 6, Mainor 15, Curry 7, Bellamy 2, Reynolds 5, Clay 10, Griffin 5. MB: Tolliver 3, Warren 9, Elvirez 6, Williams 2, Klepper 4, Quanti 5, McCall 10, Greenfield 6. Halftime: NW 26-22. Three-pointers: Mainor 1, Clay 1, Tolliver 1, Warren 1, Elvirez 2. Rebounds: Reynolds 8. Assists: Nottage 7. Steals: Mainor 4.

•  Booker T. 67, Miami Beach 47 – BTW (7-3): Spiller 12, Pitpit 6, Boyd 8, Williams 11, Passmore 4, Ray 5, Jackson 18, Henvill 3. MB: Warren 4, Elvirez , J. Williams 7, Kleeter 3, Lasouba 16, McCall 4, Greenfield 3. Halftime: BTW 31-27. Three-pointers: Pitpit 2, Ray, Henvill, Elvirez 4, J. Williams 1, Lasouba. Rebounds: Jackson 15. Spiller 10. Steals: Spiller 5.

•  Carol City 52 American 49 – CC (10-1): White 4, Smith 13, Mckennie 15, Williams 5, Thompkins 14, Bell 2, Jackson 1. AMER: Foster 15, Andrews 12, Tavernier 5, Escobar 11, Liz 4. Halftime: CC 15-10. Three-pointers: Mckennie 1, Smith 1, Williams 1, Foster 3, Tavernier 1, Escobar 3, Andrews 2. Rebounds: Thompkins 14. Steals: Mckennie 4.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

•  Coral Reef 60, Pace 46 – CR (13-2): R Alespeiti 15, Hollin 13, Arabitg 11, Schonenberg 7, A Alespeiti 6, Toussaint 4, Sanders 4. PAC: Maikala 19, Kadesha 17, Destiny 6, Amber 3, Sharell 1. Three-pointers: A Alespeiti 1, R Alespeiti 1, Schonenberg 1. Rebounds: Hollin 20. Steals: A Alespeiti 5.

•  Hialeah Educational 31, Doctors Charter 14 – HEA (4-4): Zamora 15, Sanchez 11, Marrero 5. DOC: Kimmya 3, R Exalan 9, Junelle 2. Halftime: HEA 18-9. Three-pointers: Zamora 2, Kimmya 1.

•  Late Wednesday – Hebrew 39, Northwestern Christian 17 – HA (9-0): Gordon 17, Dobin 10, Moyal 4, Kahn 4, Matis 2, Chami 2. NWC: Hamilton 2, Tucker 3, Jones 7, Rod 2, West 3. Halftime: HA 20-5. Assists: Gordon 5. Rebounds: Gordon 8. Steals: Kahn 4.

•  Late Wednesday – Palmetto 53, Killian 26 – PAL (9-4): Calice 9, Quartin 2, Bellinghieri 8, Miyazaki 12, Bistrong 8, Elliot 4, Gross 8, Barrial 2. KIL: Joi 5, Patrecka 12, Nikeya 3, Giselle 2, Avis 4. Halftime: PAL 24-23. Three-pointers: Bellinghieri 2, Gross 2, Patrecka 2, Nikaya 1. Assists: Calice 3, Miyazaki 3. Steals: Calice 6. Rebounds: Miyazaki 5. Blocks: Calice 2.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  Coral Gables 6, Braddock 0: Nelly Sagarra 3 goals. Danielle Riesco goal, 2 assists. Kelly Rendon goal. Sophia Toche and Isabelle Izquierdo shutout. CG 13-4.

•  Miami Beach 8, Miami 0: Jessie Stein 4 goals, 2 assists. Cristy Mejil 3 goals. Diana Fonseca goal.

South Miami 2, Coral Park 1: Giselle Schreiber goal. Nastassja Holm goal. SM 9-8-1.

•  Mater Academy 8, Homestead 0.

•  Late Wednesday – Miami Beach 5, Hialeah Gardens 0: Jessie Stein 4 goals. Star Emison goal. Sabina Osman shutout.

BOYS’ SOCCER

•  Killian 2, Coral Reef 0: Giacomo Bacigalupo goal. Max Montevedo goal. Eric Von Haussen shutout. KIL 4-7-3.

•  St. Brendan 3, Archbishop Carroll 1: Guillermo Ruiz goal, assist. Octavio Gonzalez goal. Eric Quinones goal. SB 5-8-1.

•  TERRA 3, Coral Shores 3: Cristian Jimenez goal, 2 assists. Agustin Cioni 2 goals.

•  Late Wednesday – Varela 5, Southridge 0: Daniel Vega goal, Lucas Zapata goal, Olmes Duran goal, Fernando Alves De Olivera goal, Jake Tosta goal.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Archbishop Curley vs. Belen Jesuit (BEL), 5

St. Brendan vs. Belen Jesuit (BEL), 7:30

Doctors Charter vs. Dade Christian (DC), 6

Redland Christian vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Somerset Charter (Homestead)), 6:30

Brito Miami vs. Westwood Christian (WWC), 7

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Miami Palmetto vs. Hialeah Gardens (Hialeah Gardens), 5

South Miami vs. Homestead (HOM), 7:30

Hialeah vs. Lourdes (COL), 7:30

LaSalle vs. Mater Academy Charter (MAC), 4

Southridge vs. Miami Beach (MB), 5:30

Edison vs. Carol City (CC), 5

Redland Christian vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Somerset Charter (Homestead)), 5

WRESTLING

Cooper City vs. Coral Park (CP), 3

Cypress Bay vs. Coral Park (CP), 3

South Broward vs. South Dade (SD), 3

BOYS’ SOCCER

Archbishop Carroll vs. Mater Lakes (Mater Lakes), 4

LaSalle vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 5

Braddock vs. South Dade (SD), 3:30

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Hialeah vs. Lourdes (Kendall Soccer Complex), 6

TERRA vs. MAST (MAST), 2

Archemedian vs. Miami Christian (Miami Christian), 3:30

LaSalle vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 3

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Archbishop Curley at Belen 2:30

Key West vs. Gulliver Prep (GP), 7:30

Yeshiva vs. Hebrew Academy ( HEB), 9:30 p.m.

Belen Jesuit vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (HML), 7:30

Gulliver Prep vs. Westminster Christian (WCS), 4

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