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Booker T. wins tourney

 

Special to The Miami Herald

After watching the football team win the Class 4A state championship this month, the Booker T. Washington boys’ basketball team knew it had to make a statement to keep up in athletic success within the program.

Although the Tornadoes didn’t win a state championship Saturday, they did come away the victors of one of South Florida’s most prominent holiday basketball tournaments.

The Booker T. Washington boys’ basketball team won the South Florida bracket of the 2012 Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic with a 61-31 win against Mater Academy on Saturday at Ronald Reagan High.

“The alumni have been talking to me saying, ‘Hey, what you guys going to do now that the football team won the championship?’ ” Booker T. coach Javorie Wilson said. “Definitely we’re hearing little whispers about the football state championship, so that kind of motivates [the team].”

The swarming Tornado defense suffocated the Lions, forcing them into 18 turnovers and holding them to 27.7 percent shooting from the field, including 3 for 25 in the second half.

Richie Spiller, who was named South Florida bracket tournament MVP, had 16 points and four assists running the Tornado offense.

“I’ve been working since my freshman year. It feels good to finally earn something that shows my hard work,” Spiller said while holding his MVP award.

The third quarter, which has plagued Mater Academy throughout the season, saw the Tornadoes outscore Mater 18-4 in the frame with the Tornadoes ending the quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 46-28 lead into the fourth.

Booker T. outscored Mater 33-7 after halftime.

Devin Holcomb, who drilled 5 of 10 three-point attempts to finish with 17 points, hit two of his long-distance shots during the run, and 6-5 forward Demetrius Jackson had back-to-back put-backs off offensive rebounds to ignite it.

Jackson ended the night with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also had three blocks. Going to the paint, showing off the midrange jump shot and cleaning up misses with put-backs, Jackson scored however he desired against the Mater defense.

“He’s all-around,” Wilson said. “He helps us a lot rebounding. He’s a double-double machine.”

Spiller, Jackson and Holcomb all earned all-tournament honors.

Booker T. (10-3) has aspirations to reach Lakeland for the state tournament this season. As the team posed for pictures holding up its championship plaques, players opted to collectively proclaim “Lakeland” instead of the more traditional “cheese.”

“Lakeland” is also the word of choice the Tornadoes often use to break their huddle at the end of practices.

“I feel like all our games on our schedule are winnable,” Spiller said. “So Lakeland, that’s where we’re going to be.”

For the Lions (6-7), coach Corey Stephens understands that he has a young team that is developing. A majority of their rotation players are underclassmen. Junior guard Jesus Fernandez was the lone double-figure scorer for Mater with 13 points.

After earning the tournament crown, Booker T. Washington will now concentrate on winning its district before it can reach its ultimate goal of a Lakeland arrival.

•  Tournament roundup: In the championship game of the national bracket, Potomac (Md.) Bullis earned a 57-55 overtime victory over West Charlotte (N.C.). Center Andre Walker hit the game-winning field goal from five feet away to seal it with five seconds left. Jamaal Greenwood sent the game into overtime at the buzzer of regulation with a three-pointer from the elbow.

Hialeah Gardens, last year’s Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic champion took third place in the national bracket by defeating Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara 83-63. Adrian Gonzalez led the Gladiators with 33 points and Alvaro Simoza added a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

In the national bracket’s fifth place game, Coral Reef’s Cedric Hankerson dueled Ironton (Ohio)’s Zac Carter. Carter outscored Hankerson, 37-33, but Hankerson’s Barracudas took home the victory with a nail-biting 75-73 win.

Joan Povea led Palmetto with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the Panthers to a 59-54 win in the national bracket seventh place game.

Miami Central took third place in the South Florida bracket, beating Cooper City 49-48 with Rodney Simeon connecting two of his 14 points on a game-winning layup in the final seconds.

The Rockets’ Rashard Johnson had 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Finishing in fifth place in the South Florida bracket was Coral Park, which had four players score in double figures in a 67-37 mauling of Doral Academy.

Saturday’s action started out with Killian taking seventh place with a 49-47 victory against host Reagan.

• South Florida Bracket Championship – Booker T. 61, Mater Academy 31 – BTW: Spiller 16, Holcomb 17, Williams 4, Passmore 3, Ray 3, Jackson 16, Henvill 2. MA: J. Fernandez 13, Montilla 6, Adderley 2, Mejia 4, Joseph 6. Halftime: BTW 28-24. Three-pointers: Holcomb 5,

Spiller, Ray. Rebounds: Jackson 11. Assists: Spiller 4. Steals: Spiller, Pitpit, Adderley 2. Blocks: Jackson 3.

• National Bracket Third Place Game – Hialeah Gardens 83, Bishop McNamara 63 – HG: Diaz 1, Sanchez 6, Huertas 12, Frye 2, Gonzalez, 33, Simoza 18, Kurnick1, Leonardo 10. BM: Rawls 2, Jiggetts 27, Arnold Ramey 4, Martin 2, Watson 2, Green 16, Wise 2, Johnson 6, Crockett

1, Aranda 1. Halftime: HG: 38-24. Three-pointers: Huertas, Gonzalez, Jiggetts 3. Rebounds: Simoza 11. Assists: Sanchez, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Rawls 3. Steal: Jenkins 2. Blocks: Gonzalez 2.

• National Bracket Fifth Place Game – Coral Reef 75, Ironton 73 – CR: Canady 2, Glasford 23, Bargamento 6, Audain 2, Peart 9, Hankerson 33. IRO: Cox 3, Carter 37, Glover 3, White 6, Fletcher 23, Stephens 1. Halftime: CR 44- 32. Three-pointers: Carter 7, Glasford 4, Hankerson 3,

Fletcher 2, Cox. Rebounds: White 10. Assists: Hankerson, Glasford 3. Steals: Carter 4.

• National Bracket Seventh Place Game – Palmetto 59, Coral Gables 54 – PAL: Schulz 6, Pubchara 8, Mulett 8, Coffey 11, Povea 19, Wasser 7. CG: Dawson 14, Martinez 11, Aguero 6, Melendez 3, Jobe 3, Kirkpatrick 17. Halftime: CG 28-19. Three-pointers: Schulz, Pubchara 2, Mulett 2, Povea, Wasser, Dawson, Aguero 2, Melendez, Jobe. Rebounds: Kirkpatrick 10. Assists: Povea, Wasser 4. Steals: Dawson, Martinez 3.

• South Florida Bracket Third Place Game – Central 49, Cooper City 48 – CEN: Simeon 14, Fils-Aime 11, Hardy 9, Daniels 2, R. Johnson 10, Occi 1, E. Johnson 2. CC: White 6, Palmer 17, Rosinsky 8, Alicot 4, Heintz 8, Roberts 2, Siegel 3. Halftime: CEN 22- 18. Three-pointers: Simeon 2, R. Johnson. Rebounds: R. Johnson, Palmer 7. Assists: R. Johnson 3. Steals: R. Johnson 4. Blocks: Heintz 2.

• South Florida Bracket Fifth Place Game – Coral Park 67, Doral Academy 37 – CP: Cisneros 3, Forcade 2, Sotolongo 11, Bermudez 8, Delgado 15, Thomas 10, Hernandez 4, Paula 2, Pimentel 12. DA: J. Fernandez 5, Ruiz 7, Garcia 9, A. Fernandez 3, Pierre 3, Mendia 4, Steel 2, Marcondes 2, Solivan 2. Halftime: CP 32-24. Three-pointers: Garcia 3, J. Fernandez, Ruiz, A. Fernandez, Pierre, Cisneros, Sotolongo, Delgado. Rebounds: Bermudez 7. Assists: Bermudez 5. Steals: Sotolongo 4.

• South Florida Bracket Seventh Place Game – Killian 49, Reagan 47 — KIL: Moore 9, M. Watkins 6, R. Watkins 5, Lewis 12, Garrammone 2, Coleman 13, Campbell 2. RR: R. Ortega 5, Allrich 5, I. Ortega 8, Campos 2, Dacunha 16, Pena 3, Prado 2, Sarmiento 6. Halftime: RR 20-18. Three-pointers: Caoleman 2, R. Ortega, I. Ortega, Dacunha, Rebounds: Dacunha. Assists: Campos 4. Steals: Watkins 4.

• National Bracket — All-Tournament Team: Cedric Hankerson (Coral Reef), Stephan Jiggetts (Bishop McNamara), Md., Alvaro Simoza (Hialeah Gardens), Adrian Gonzalez (Hialeah Gardens), Kennedy Meeks (West Charlotte), Trey Foster (West Charlotte), Winton Lyle (Bullis), Anthony Thompson (Bullis)

• South Florida Bracket — All-Tournament Team: Ricardo Lorenzo (Mater), Jesus Fernandez (Mater), Demetrius Jackson (Booker T.), Devin Holcomb (Booker T.), Richie Spiller (Booker T. - MVP), Rodney Simeon (Central), Scott Palmer (Cooper City), Francisco Bermudez (Coral Park)

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• American 60, Naples Palmetto Ridge 43 - AME (11-3): Foster 14, Barba 3, Spicer 10, Tavernier 2, Andrews 15, Escobar 5, Liz 5, Amparo 6. Halftime AME 31-24. Three-pointers: Foster, Spicer, Andrews 2. Rebounds: Amparo 8. Assists: Foster 4

• American 48, Ft Myers Dunbar 43 - AME (12-3) - Foster 12, Spicer 3, Tavernier 8, Andrews 8, Escobar 5, Liz 8, Amparo 6. Halftime: AME 24-20. Three-pointers: Foster, Andrews, Escobar. Rebounds: Liz Amparo 8, Assists: Foster 6. Steals: Andrews 3

All Florida Paper Holiday Shootout at Gulliver

• Champagnat 52, Chaminade-Madonna 43 - CHAMP: Mackey 19, Leadan 10, Collie 10, Nanin 6, Labranche 5, Arnold 1. CM: Dumornay 12, Toombs 10, B. JaiJai 9, Brown 6, Longman 3, Callahan 3. Halftime: CHAMP 21-18.

• Fort Pierce Central 56, Northwestern 45 - NW: Reynolds 16, Nottage 13, Kelly 9, Mainor 3, Griffin 2, Bellamy 1. FPC: Walker 16, Bailey 12, Cummings 10, Knight 10, Rhaheed 6, Smith 2. Halftime: FPC 23-22

• Hughes Center (OH) 62, Boca Raton 35 - BR: Southards 9, McKee 7, Dore 6, Gayle 5, M. O’Connor 5, Maloney 2, E. O’Connor 1. HC: Rivera 18, Harris 12, Daniels 12, Nared 10, Montley 6, Long 3, Cook 1

• Grandview Prep 74, Gulliver 51 - GUL: Ralat 16, Lafuente 16, Thomas 10, Carreras 4, Chasin 4, Comras 1. GP: Canete 24, Glinton 17, Walsh 14, Jones 8, Mance 5, Schner 3, Frazier 3

Champion: Grandview Prep. 2nd Place: Gulliver Prep. 3rd Place: Hughes Center (OH)

The Rock Holiday Classic at North Broward Prep

• Championship — Middletown (OH) 67, North Broward Prep 65 - MID: Shouse 2, Edwards 33, Sorrell 12, Deon 2, Jackson 8, Fayne 10. NBP: Harris 18, Lewis 6, Arnette 6, Reyes 18, Rifkind 15

• Game 11 — Westwood Christian 85, Douglas High 64 - WC (11-3): Shoon 22, Joseph 15, Ramis 15, Jou 11, Molina 2, Conceicao 20. Three-pointers: Ramis 3, Shoon 3, Joseph 2. Rebounds: Conceicao 15. Assists: Ramis 6 Steals: Ramis 5. Blocks: Conceicao 5

• More The Rock Holiday Classic results — Game 10: Palm Beach Central 54, American Heritage Delray 42. Game 9: Hudson 63, Lake Worth Christian 62. Late Friday — American Heritage Delray 57, Lake Worth Christian 50; Middletown (OH) 73, Westwood Christian 55; North Broward Prep 64, Douglas 61.

• Late Friday — Kingdom of the Sun semifinal — Deerfield Beach 49, La Salle 41 - DB: Carpenter 10, Jenkins 4, Owens 18, Johnson 10, Huntley 7. LAS: Jef. Larkin 9, Jer. Larkin 4, Bell 4, Southers 9, Speed 10, Cooper 5. Rebounds: Owens 9. Assists: Carpenter 4. Steals: Johnson 2

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• Sabres Holiday Classic — Championship Game — Palmer Trinity 52, St. Brendan 43 - PT (14-2): Gonzalez 2, James 3, Smith 11, Hebb 9, Granada 11, Parten 9, Waldman 7. SB: Martinez 11, Diaz 1, Vargas 16, Gonzalez 5, K. Diaz 2, Falla 5. Halftime: PT 36-24. Rebounds: Parten 10. Assists: Granada 3. Steals: Smith 3.

• Sabres Holiday Classic — Miami Country Day 72, Calusa Prep 51 - MCD (11-2): Cordero 5, Parizo 32, Woodside 10, Sherwood 3, Zimmer 8, Gomez 10, Kydd 4. CP: Desinor 8, Bowes 7, Alexander 13, Carter 3, Leonard 14, Hernandez 4, Linton 2. Halftime: MCD 44-19. Three-Pointers: Parizo 4, Sherwood, Alexander Carter Rebounds: Kydd 7. Steals: Parizo 3

• 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

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