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Lourdes takes Round 1 from Miami High in Holiday Classic final

 

Lourdes coach Chris McKeon called Friday night’s matchup against host Miami High “Round 1 of a heavyweight fight.”

Both teams, which will see each other at least once more this season — on Jan.19 — could meet again in the Class 8A postseason.

Lourdes took the first game 49-39 to capture the Holiday Classic, a three-day tournament consisting of eight teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Three players scored in double figures for the Bobcats (16-1), including tournament MVP Tiffany Suarez.

Senior forward Kiara Palmer finished with a double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds), and junior guard Melanie Jordan tacked on 10 points.

“I just think that we were trying to run our sets and get everything going, make sure we know our roles as players,” said Suarez, who tallied a game-high 17 points.

After one quarter the teams were tied at 12. Sophomore center Beatrice Mompremier collected six rebounds for Miami High through the first eight minutes and 14 overall.

Jordan, who played all 32 minutes, connected on a fast break for a three-point play to give the Bobcats their then-largest lead at 17-12 with 6:12 left in the second. But the Stingarees pulled within one a minute later.

When Suarez, a University of Virginia recruit, picked up her third foul with 3:07 remaining, Lourdes still managed a 10-1 run without her to close out the half with a 28-18 lead.

All 28 points scored by the Bobcats came from the trio of Suarez, Palmer and Jordan.

In the third quarter, Miami High (13-4) trailed by as many as 14 before countering with an 11-4 run to make it 36-29 with 1:53 to go.

“I feel we were very impatient with the basketball and we just fouled them too much,” Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said. “You can’t give them more than 20 points from the free-throw line. That’s the first thing we tell our kids is ‘Don’t foul Lourdes,’ but we know we’ll see them again.”

Lourdes opened up the fourth with eight straight points before guard Amanda Mendoza’s three-pointer with a little under four minutes in the game. Terri Kimbrough scored a team-high nine points for Miami High. Tyresha Johnson added seven.

“When Beatrice got in foul trouble, it turned the whole complexion of the game,” McKeon said. “We were able to do some things without her. She’s a force, and when we don’t have to look for her, it opens things up for us.”

The Holiday Classic, held for the first time at Miami High’s renovated gymnasium, was previously the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. Suarez, Jordan and Palmer made the all-tournament team. Mendoza, Mompremier and Kimbrough earned the same honor for the Stingarees.

“I feel like we’re in a great place,” Palmer said. “Our main goal is to go to states. Nothing else matters but going to states.”

CHRISTINA DE NICOLA

LOU (16-1): Suarez 17, Palmer 14, Jordan 10, Farinas 4, Nunez 2, Buitrago 2. MH (13-4): Kimbrough 9, Mendoza 8, Johnson 7, Mompremier 7, Smith 4, Guerarro 2, Sweeting 2. Halftime: LOU 28-18. Three-pointers: Johnson 1, Kimbrough 1, Mendoza 1. Rebounds: Mompremier 14. Assists: Mendoza 3. Steals: Jordan 5. Blocks: Palmer 3.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Despite an inspirational effort to climb back into the semifinal game, the Hialeah Gardens boys’ basketball team will not repeat as Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic champions.

The Gladiators fought back against Potomac (Md.) Bullis from a deficit as big as 16 in the first half with an 18-0 run from the end of the first half to the start of the third quarter to take a 33-30 lead.

It was all Bullis Bulldogs from then on out, however, and Hialeah Gardens lost Friday’s tournament semifinal game 62-45 at Ronald Reagan High School.

“I think their tough man-to-man defense [had the Bulldogs pulling away],” Hialeah Gardens coach Marcos Molina said.

Bullis was led by Holy Cross commitment Anthony Thompson, who scored 25 points and made his impact felt from the opening tip with eight of his team’s first 10 points.

Hialeah Gardens, last year’s Class 8A state champion, was lifted by its frontcourt duo of Adrian Gonzalez and Alvaro Simoza to get back into the game. Both scored in double figures – Gonzalez with 15 and Simoza with 12.

The good news for the Gladiators is that they get to come right back out Saturday to try and redeem themselves.

“These Christmas tournaments are all about getting better for the playoffs,” Molina said. “Hopefully, this’ll get us ready for playoff time, for districts, when games really matter.”

Bullis advances to the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic’s national bracket championship game where it will face West Charlotte (N.C.), which defeated Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara 82-55 behind 24 points, eight rebounds and four blocks from UNC recruit Kennedy Meeks.

Hialeah Gardens will get a shot at Bishop McNamara in the national bracket’s third-place game.

In other national bracket action, Coral Reef trailed by as many as 17 against district foe Palmetto but outscored the Panthers 26-8 in the fourth quarter to come back and win 64-58. Coral Reef will now face Ironton (Ohio) in the fifth-place game. Palmetto gets Coral Gables in the seventh-place game.

The tournament also consists of a South Florida bracket. The championship game there will be played between Booker T. Washington and Mater Academy.

Behind 19 points from Demetrius Jackson and 14 from Richie Spiller, the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes stormed past the Central Rockets 54-41.

Their opponent, Mater Academy, defeated Cooper City 57-43 with a balanced scoring attack that saw six different Lions score at least seven points. Cooper City’s Daniel Heintz registered a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Cooper City gets Miami Central in the South Florida bracket third-place game.

Coral Park and Doral Academy will square off in the fifth-place game after the Rams earned a 52-46 victory over Reagan and Doral Academy took down Killian 57-47. Killian and Reagan will meet in the seventh-place game.

DAVID FURONES

South Florida Bracket — Booker T. 54, Central 41 – BTW: Spiller 14, Holcomb 7, Pitpit 5, Williams 4, Ray 3, Jackson 19, Henvill 2. CEN: Simeon 14, Fils-Aime 4, Hardy 5, Daniels 3, R. Johnson 2, Francois 3, Occi 6, E. Johnson 2, David 2. Halftime: BTW 26-17. Three-pointers: Simeon 2, Daniels, Holcomb, Pitpit, Ray. Rebounds: Jackson 10. Assists: Spiller, Hardy 2. Steals: Spiller, Jackson 4. Blocks: Jackson.

South Florida Bracket — Mater Academy 57, Cooper City 43 – MA: J. Fernandez 8, Montilla 9, Adderley 5, Mejia 9, Joseph 9, Lorenzo 10, Nunez 7. CC: White 2, Palmer 11,Shafmaster 3, Rosinsky 10, Alicot 4, Heintz 13. Halftime: MA 29-24. Three-pointers: Montilla, Adderley, Mejia, Joseph, Lorenzo, Nunez, Palmer 2, Shafmaster. Rebounds: Heintz 12. Assists: Alicot 3. Steals: Nunez, Montilla 3.

South Florida Bracket — Coral Park 52, Reagan 46 – CP: Sotolongo 14, Bermudez 17, Delgado 9, Hernandez 3, Paula 2, Pimentel 7. RR: R. Ortega 9, Allrich 4, I. Ortega 4, Campos 2, Dacunha 17, Pena 7, Sarmiento 3. Halftime: CP 25-17. Three-pointers: Sotolongo, Bermudez, Delgado, Hernandez, R. Ortega 3, Dacunha, Pena. Rebounds: Bermudez 10. Assists: Dacunha 5. Steals: Bermudez 3.

South Florida Bracket — Doral Academy 57, Killian 47 – DA: Ruiz 15, Reese 14, Garcia 5, Fernandez 5, Mendia 11, Marcondes 2, Solivan 5. KIL: M. Watkins 15, R. Watkins 1, Coleman 14, Miller 1, Horton 6, Campbell 10. Halftime: DA 35-20. Three-pointers: Reese 2, Garcia, Mendia 2, M. Watkins. Rebounds: M. Watkins 7. Assists: Reese, Miller 3.

National Bracket — Ironton (OH) 74, Coral Gables 55 – IRN: Boykin 4, Bowling 5, Cox 4, Carter 24, Glover 6, White 15, Fletcher 13, Stephens 3. CG: Dawson 10, Delrosario 13, Aguero 2, Melendez 9, Kirkpatrick 16, Cottle 5. Halftime: IRN 35-26. Three-pointers: Carter, Fletcher, Delrosario, Melendez 2, Kirkpatrick 2. Rebounds: Carter 7. Assists: Carter 4. Steals: Carter 3. Blocks: Glover.

National Bracket — Coral Reef 64, Palmetto 58 – CR: Thompson 2, Canady 2, Glasford 16, Stevens 2, Bargamento 12, Peart 2, Hankerson 26, Holcombe 2. PAL: De la Cruz 3, Schulz 7, Pubchara 2, Coffey 12, Parlic 9, Povea 9, Wasser 16. Halftime: PAL 33-23. Three-pointers: Glasford, Bargamento, Hankerson 2, De la Cruz, Povea, Wasser 2. Rebounds: Glasford 6. Assists: Wasser 5. Steals: Schulz, Glasford 4.

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Miami Christian 65, Sunset 58 - MC (5-4): Ramirez 6, Penate, DJ 7, Campos 10, Sham Borgelin 5, Shar Borgelin 20, E Penate 6, Rosario 11. SUN: Hernandez 3, Padilla 10, Montero 12, Fletcher 11, Alvarenga 5, Felipe 13, Rosales 4. Halftime: MC 30-23. Three-pointers: Hernandez, Padilla 2, Montero 2, Fletcher, Felipe, DJ Penate, E Penate 2, Rosario. Rebounds: Shar Borgelin 12. Assist: Velasquez 4. Steals: Ramirez 4

Adidas Holiday Slam — Archbishop Carroll 59, University School 51 - AC (13-3): Lima 13, Brimah 12, Garcia 8, Amaro 8, Cohen 7, Brown 6, Leon 5. US: Bain 21, Battle 12, Hewitt 8, Barton 5, Allen 5. Halftime: AC 26-20. Three-pointers: Garcia 2, Amaro, Lima, Leon, Barton, Battle, Allen. Rebounds: Brimah 11. Assists: Lima 6. Steals: Garcia 2, Amaro 2. Blocks: Brimah 3

American Prep 63, Allison Academy 30 - AP (13-3): Lindsay 3, Ortiz 3, Appleton 3, Williams 3, Adem 4, Cervero 7, Sawyer 16, Brown 24. AA (5-9): Gutierrez 14, Carmi 9, Kennedy 7. Halftime: AP 28-13. Three-pointers: Cervero, Lindsay, Ortiz, Appleton, Williams, Gutierrez, Sawyer 3. Rebounds: Brown 14. Assists: Sawyer 7. Steals: Williams 4. Blocks: Lindsay 4

All Florida Paper Holiday Shootout at Gulliver

Miami Northwestern 72, Champagnat 66 - NW: Kelly 20, Nottage 18, Reynolds 13, Mainor 11, Griffin 8, Curry 4, Bellamy 2. CHAMP: Leadan 19, Labranche 14, Mackey 13, Collie 9, Holanda 7, Nanin 4. Halftime: CHAMP 27-24.

Fort Pierce Central 45, Chaminade-Madonna 37 - FPC: Bailey 13, Knight 10, Walker 8, Smith 6, Rhoheed 6, Cummings 2. CHA: Longman 13, Toombs 9, Dumourning 7, Brown 6, B. Jai Jai 2. Halftime: FPC 25-14

Hughes Center (OH) 44 vs. Grandview Prep 49 - HC: Daniels 13, Cook 12, Harris 7, Nared 6, Rivera 4, Howe 4. GP: Canate 15, Mance 15, Jones 12, Glinton 6, Frazier 1. Halftime: HC 18-17.

Gulliver 74, Boca Raton 57 - GUL: Ralat 23, Lafuente 19, Thomas 11, Chasin 9, Carreras 8, Grimwade 4. BR: Young 13, Dore 11, McKee 9, O’Connor 7, Maloney 6, Southards 6, Gayle 2, Fullingsworth 2. Halftime: GUL 33-28. Rebounds: Thomas 8. Assists: Ralat 7. Steals: Lafuente 5. Blocks: Grimwade 4

MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Sagemont 46, Gulliver 43 – SAG (9-4): Black 10, Rucker 5, Smith 3, Pierre 8, Griffin 14, Correa 6. GUL: Westbrooks 10, Pyatt 4, Wirshing 15, Nixon 14. Halftime: SAG 22-18. Three-pointers: Smith, Pierre, Westbrooks, Wirshing 2, Nixon 3. Rebounds: Griffin 13. Assists: Pierre 3, Correa 3. Steals: Black 2, Rucker 2.

Sabers Holiday Classic — Palmer Trinity 61, Killian 35 - PT (13-2): Gonzalez 7, Arriaga 2, James 8, Smith 4, Hebb 6, Granada 14, Parten 10, Pino 6, Waldman 4. KIL: Hill 6, P. Fonvil 6, Zelaya 3, N. Tarver 1, Dennis 4. Halftime: PT 29-15. Three-pointers: Fonvil 3, Granada 2, Pino 2, Zelaya 1. Rebounds: Parten 10. Assists: Granada 6. Steals: Smith 7

Adida’s Holiday Slam results — Suncoast 63, Krop 54; Treasure Coast 47, Southridge 42; Piper 80, Pace 68; Strawberry Crest 59, Florida Christian 43; Archbishop Caroll 59, University School 51; Faith Christian 64, Freedom 49; Atlantic 58, Calusa Prep 42

Late Thursday — 5th Annual Florida Prospects Christmas Holiday Tournament at Dr. Phillips High School — Cardinal Gibbons 50, Wekiva 40 - CG (10-3): Williams 24, Cohen 10, Lanzon 6, Ozaltin 5, Armstead 4, Jones 1. WEK: Alkins 14, Serionx 10, Cdeman 9, Hutchinson 3, Moody 3, Johnson 1. Halftime: CG 21-15. Rebounds: Jones 12, Cohen 10, Pollock 8. Assists: Williams 4. Steals: Williams 3.

Late Thursday — Braddock Bulldogs Holiday Classic — Miami Beach 47 Braddock 48 - MB: Reque 14, Morgan 15, Pardo 11, Nedrick 6. BRA: Benedit 6, Gomez 6, Osceola 20, Martinez 6, Flores 2, Bermudez 6, Rojas 2. Halftime: MB 29-21

Late Thursday — Braddock Bulldogs Holiday Classic — Krop 65, Varela 48 - Krop: Carr 8, Alberts 2, Anyagallgbo 10, Kevona 16, Seraphine 2, Upshur 4, Julmiste 8, Hines 15. VAR: Collado 3, Estupinan 11, Brown 13, McIntyre 4, Verdes 17. Halftime: Krop 31-14

Late Thursday — Braddock Bulldogs Holiday Classic — Lake Worth 68, Braddock 61 - LW: Pinkney 4, Garvin 27, Leslie 4, Auguste 2, Normil 18, Bureau 11, Joseph 2. BRA: Benedit 17, Fernandez 7, Gomez 3, Osceola 26, Martinez 8. Halftime: LW 41-32

Late Thursday — Braddock Bulldogs Holiday Classic — Varela 68, Atlantic 65 (OT) - ATL: Grant 7, Brown 6, Thigpen 27, Akins 14 Owens 9, Trent 4. VAR: Estupinan 10, Brown 23, McIntyre 14, Verdes 19, Andino 2. Halftime: VAR 30-25

Late Thursday — Braddock Bulldogs Holiday Classic — Lake Worth 57, Krop 55 - LW: Jean Louis 3, Garvin 36, Leslie 3, Normil 3, Bureau 9, Joseph 3. Krop: Carr 2, Alberts 14, Anyagallgbo 12, Kevona 6, Upshur 8, Julmiste 6, Hines 7. Halftime: Krop 30-24

Late Thursday — Braddock Bulldogs Holiday Classic — Braddock 68, Atlantic 52 - ATL: Brown, K 15, Thigpen 9, Akins 10, Owens 6, Romain 2, Trent 4, J Brown 6. BRA: Benedit 25, Gomez 2, Osceola 24, Martinez 8, Flores 6, Fernandez 3. Halftime: BRA 38-28

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

Junior Orange Bowl Classic (All Games at Ronald Reagan)

South Florida Bracket

7th Place Game - Killian vs. Reagan, 9 a.m.

5th Place Game - Coral Park vs. Doral Academy, 12

3rd Place Game - Cooper City vs. Miami Central, 3:30

Championship Game - Mater Academy vs. Booker T. 6:30 p.m.

National Bracket

7th Place Game - Palmetto vs. Coral Gables, 10:30 a.m.

5th Place Game - Coral Reef vs. Ironton (OH), 1:30

3rd Place Game - Bishop McNamara (MD) vs. [Loser of Hialeah Gardens game], 5

Championship Game - West Charlotte (NC) vs. [Winner of Hialeah Gardens game], 8

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