Miami Dade High School boys’ basketball

Demetrius Jackson leads Booker T. Washington to Ralei Sealey victory


Special to The Miami Herald

Booker T. Washington continues to insist it’s not just a football school.

The boys’ basketball team won its second tournament of the holiday season Friday, taking first place in the sixth annual Ralei Sealey New Year’s Classic at La Salle with a 57-45 win over Columbus.

Demetrius Jackson, a 6-5 junior forward, had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds to go with three steals and four blocks defensively to lead Booker T. (13-3).

“That’s the only way we’re going to get that victory,” Jackson said. “It starts with me being dominant on the inside, and that affects everybody else.”

After closing out the first half with a put-back layup off an offensive rebound, Jackson scored four of Booker T.’s next six field goals to ignite a 12-0 early third-quarter run that had the Tornadoes ahead after trailing by as many as 10.

Columbus (14-3) came back to tie the game early in the fourth when center Kevin O’Brien went on a 7-0 run by himself, but Booker T. finished on an 11-2 run over the final 3:35 to seal the victory.

The Tornadoes had problems stopping Marquise Clark, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, but Booker T. coach Javorie Wilson made a switch at halftime to put Richie Spiller, an All-Dade selection last year, on Clark defensively, which made all the difference.

“I just thought that every time our kids faced adversity, they responded,” Wilson said. “Whether it was the first half, whether it was this kid Marquise Clark going off for 17 points — that’s Richie. … He sacrificed points and everything for our team to win. He locked that kid up.”

Spiller, who was tournament MVP at the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic last week, finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

With the win, Booker T. also avenged an earlier loss this season to Columbus in the A-Rod Classic. The Tornadoes were without Jackson that time.

The Tornadoes now look ahead to a Thursday matchup with Edison, a neighborhood rival and district foe.

The tournament hosted by La Salle honors Ralei Sealey, a former multi-sport athlete at Gulliver who died in August 2007 when he drowned at a Key Biscayne regatta with football teammates.

•  Booker T. Washington 57, Columbus 45 – BTW (13-3): Jackson 22, Spiller 12, Pitpit 9, Holcomb 5, Passmore 4, Boyd 3, Ray 2. COL (14-3): Clark 19, O’Brien 9, Minervino 8, Rico 7, Sawyer 2. Halftime: COL 26-21. Three-pointers: Minervino, Clark, O’Brien, Pitpit 3, Spiller, Boyd. Rebounds: Jackson 13. Assists: Spiller 5. Steals: Jackson 3. Blocks: Jackson 5.


•  Archbishop Curley 53, Calvary Christian 30 – CUR (11 4): Lemonier 6, Cheron 3, Ermitus 10, Maurice 4, Dorvil 6, Brown 24. CAL: Chisholm 10, Minters 5, Tchiuldjin 2, Rossello 2, Ross 1, Diaz 9, Newlan. Halftime: CUR 23 7. Three: Chisholm 2, Minters, Diaz 2. Rebounds: Brown 14. Assists: Blanchard 3, Ermitus 3. Steals: Lemonier 3.

•  Archbishop McCarthy 63, Marathon 41 – AM (9 5): Moya 4, Gil 3, Thorn 7, Duren 2, Amortegui 3, Collie 2, Talbot 8, Richard 12, Bavaro 2, Liburd 4, McBride 14, Arias 2. MAR (2 10): Cavitt 4, Rojas 10, Stewart 6, Ryan 11, Bluca 3, Santray 2, Garcia 2, Chaplin 3. Halftime: AM 29 18. Three pointers: McBride 2, Gil, Talbot, Ryan 2, Bluca, Cavitt, Rojas. Rebounds: Richard 8.

•  North Broward Prep 67, Calusa Prep 58 – CP: Desinor 24, Bowes 4, Alexander 11, Carter 6, Vargas 5, Leonard 6, Uyaelunmo 2. NBP (8): Harris 22, Barnette 11, Reyes 12, Riskind 18, Treseher 4. Halftime: NBP 33 26. Three pointers: Riskind 6, Barnette, Desinor, Bowes, Vargas. Rebounds: Reyes 14.


•  Adidas Holiday Slam – Miami Country Day 64, LaSalle 17 – MCD 15 0: Mackenzie 8, Swaby 10, B. Blot 9, Lewis 18, Minott 11, L. Blot 6, Kotalik 2. LS: Moye 1, Alfaro 2, Tilman 2, Madriz 3, Cruz 2, Chapateau 7. Halftime: MCD 53-8. Three-pointers: Mackenzie 2, Lewis 2, Minott 1, Chapateau 1, Madriz 1. Rebounds: Swaby 8. Assists: Lewis 8. Steals: Minott 10.

•  Adidas Holiday Slam – Sagemont 61, Florida Christian 37 – SAG (11 4): Cole 7, Black 21, Rucker 9, Smith 12, Pierre 4, Griffin 3, Correa 2, Jones 3. FC: Prinz 4, Martinez 8, Donato, Jimenez 10, Jim 10, Saumell 4. Halftime: SAG 30 21. Three pointers: Smith 4. Black 2, Jones, Martinez, Jimenez 2. Rebounds: Rucker 8. Assists: Rucker 7. Steals: Rucker 4, Smith 4.

Adidas Holiday Slam – Gulliver Prep 63, Sheridan Hills Christian 33

•  Adidas Holiday Slam – Ransom 34, Florida Christian 33

•  Late Thursday – Adidas Holiday Slam – Miami Country Day 60, Gulliver 25 – MCD 14-0: Mackenzie 8, Swaby 15, B. Blot 9, Lewis 12, Minott 12, L. Blot 2, Kotalik 2. GUL: Deutch 7, Westbrooks 9, Pyatt 6, Gomez 3. Halftime: MCD 39-8. Three-pointers: Westbrooks 2, Gomez 1, Lewis 2, Minott 1. Rebounds: Minott 8. Assists: Mackenzie 7. Steals: Mackenzie 8



Adidas Holiday Slam at Florida Christianconsolations: 11 a.m.; Championship: 3:30.

Archbishop McCarthy at Key West, 5:30

Monsignor Pace at Palmer Trinity, 1:30


Archbishop McCarthy at

Key West, 7


Ransom Everglades at Westminster Christian, 1



Brito Miami vs. Archemedian (Archemedian), 5

Hebrew Academy vs. Champagnat (CPG), 7:30

Varela vs. Braddock (BRAD), 7:30

Dade Christian vs. Hillel (HIL), 7

Northwest Christian vs. Mater East (Mater East), 7:30

Archbishop Curley vs. Mater Lakes (Mater Lakes), 5

Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Princeton Christian (PRC), 5

Westminster Christian vs. Westwood Christian (WWC), 7:30

Pompano Beach vs. Mourning (Mourning), 7:30


Monsignor Pace vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 4

Hillel vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 5

Braddock vs. Miami High (MHS), 5

St. Brendan vs. TERRA (TERRA), 3:30

MAST vs. Varela (VAR), 3:30

Archemedian vs. Westminster Christian (WCS), 4


American vs. Ferguson (FER), 5

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

Northwest Christian vs. Mater East (Mater East), 6

Varela vs. Miami Beach (MB), 5

Killian vs. Carol City (CC), 5

Southridge vs. Miami Central (CEN), 5

Coral Park vs. Miami Palmetto (PAL), 7:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 5

Westland Hialeah vs. Ronald Reagan (RR), 5

Edison vs. South Miami (SM), 5


Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Miami Central (Cen), 3:30

South Miami vs. Jackson (JAX), 3:30

Dade Christian vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 4

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