High School Roundup

Last-second three propels Columbus over Belen

 

Special to The Miami Herald

It’s a must in southwest Miami-Dade County that the Columbus-Belen rivalry gets displayed on a bigger stage than the rest of the schools — no matter the sport.

The two Catholic, all-boys schools, which draw large crowds of students and alumni every time they meet, played the first baseball game in the newly constructed Marlins Park last year and have made it a recent tradition to play their annual football meeting at FIU Stadium.

So it’s no surprise the two would face off in the first high school basketball game hosted by the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

There was hype coming into the game, and the game itself, played in front of about 3,000 fans, did not disappoint.

Columbus guard Chris Melendez, set up by the drive-and-dish of Johnny Minervino, drilled a wide-open top-of-the-key three with 0.9 seconds left in a tied game to give the Explorers a 57-54 win Friday night.

“That was a fantastic individual play by a great player,” Columbus coach Henry Lorenzo said. “In big games like this, in the end, they know what we do, we know what they do. It comes down to making a play.”

Belen called a timeout, but having to go the length of the floor, did not get a half-court heave off in time.

Minervino led the way for the Explorers with 19 points, 15 of which came in the second half, and four assists.

Melendez, who also hit a three-pointer with 55 seconds to go to give Columbus a 54-52 lead, finished with 13 points, and center Kevin O’Brien pitched in 12 to go with his seven rebounds.

Columbus (16-4) battled from down by as many as 11 points in the first half. Belen began the game on a 10-0 run, but the Explorers clawed their way back to within a point at halftime.

“We gritted this one out,” said Lorenzo, with supporters surrounding him on the floor waiting to congratulate him. “We got down early in this game, and we grinded. That’s what we preach to these guys – to just grind it.”

The game-winner by Melendez spoiled a 28-point game from Belen leading scorer Javier Alvarez. Guillermo Pujals added 17 pointsto score in the post for the Wolverines (10-9).

•  Columbus 57, Belen 54 – COL (16-4): Minervino 19, O’Brien 12, Melendez 13, Durant 2, Rico 9, Cortina 2. BEL (10-9): Alvarez 28, Pujals 17, Couto 5, Medina 2, Iparraguirre 2. Halftime: BEL 29-28. Three-pointers: Melendez 3, Minervino, Alvarez 3. Rebounds: O’Brien 7. Assists: Minervino 4. Steals: Iparraguirre 3. Blocks: Battle 2.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

District 16-2A final – Gulliver 2, Ransom 1: After having to sit out the postseason last year with an injury, midfielder Kai-Lin Hernandez led the Gulliver girls’ to the district title.

“It was a tough game and we fought it out until the last seconds,” Hernandez said. “We were composed and played well.”

Gulliver will go on to face district runner-up LaSalle in the regional quarterfinal next week.

COREY W. CAMPBELL

District 16-4A final — Mater Academy 2, Miami Springs 1: Mater Academy defeated Miami Springs at Traz Powell Stadium. Mater (23-2-1), which suffered an 8-1 loss to Springs in the regular season, will move on and host either South Broward or Hollywood McArthur on Wednesday at Traz Powell. Meanwhile, the Golden Hawks (15-5-4), who had won their district seven out of the previous eight years going into Friday, will travel to Broward County to take on the South Broward/McArthur winner.

The game-winning goal came in the 71st minute when Mater’s Elexus Martin let go of a shot from 25 yards out that skipped in front of Springs goalkeeper Jenacil Villar and took a strange hop, getting past her and hitting the back of the net.

BILL DALEY

District 13-2A final — Chaminade Madonna 1, Cardinal Gibbons 0 (2 OT): In an action-filled match that included clutch goalkeeping from both teams, the Lions earned the district title as Gabrielle Wykle scored the winning goal in the final seconds of second overtime to avenge an earlier 2-1 loss to the Chiefs earlier in the season.

The victory allows the Lions to host next week’s regional quarterfinals.

CONCEPCION LEDEZMA

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

After a shocking 62-55 defeat to American Heritage, two-time defending state champions Dillard is on a mission to restore order.

Just don’t expect SourceHoops Class 4A No.1 Coral Springs Charter (17-5) to play the foil when they face Class 5A No. 1 Dillard (16-2) in a MLK Girls’ Super Showcase at Miami Pace High school on Saturday at 8 p.m..

The game will feature the reigning Broward Players of the Year, forward Kayla Wright (8A-5A) and Aisha Edwards (4A-1A), who is averaging 21.5 points.

FABIAN LYON

MORE GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  District 15-3A final — American Heritage 5, Archbishop McCarthy 0

•  Late Thursday — District 15-2A final — Doral Academy 2, LaSalle 1: Melanie Villalobos goal, assist. Alex Montero goal. DA 15-5-3

•  Late Thursday — District 15-1A semifinal — Dade Christian 5, Archbishop Curley 0: Emily Tarasuik 2 goals. Amanda Martin goal, assist. Abby Clanton goal, assist. DC 17-4-2

BOYS’ SOCCER

•  Monarch 3, Pompano 0: Alejandro Bermudez 2 goals. Gus Vieira goal. Rafael DeJesus 10th shutout

•  Late Thursday — Archbishop Curley 1, Marathon 1: Alexis Aguero goal. Tony Yeash 7 saves. CUR 9-9-1

•  Late Thursday — Ransom Everglades 3, Miami Country Day 0: Jeremy Peters goal, Robert Shellow goal, Matt Lirman goal. RE: 17-2-3

MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

•  Miami Beach 55, Sunset 8 - MB (18-6): Reque 53, Pessoa 2. SUN: Perez 2, Bennett 4, Castro 2. Three-pointers: Reque 11. Rebounds: Smith 12. Assists: Henry 10

•  Palmer Trinity 64, Marathon 24 - PT (18-3): James 10, Smith 2, Solar 5, Hebb 12, Granada 12, Parten 4, Baiamonte 2, Pino 11, Quintero 2. MAR (8-9): Hidalgo 1, Qualls 11, Raymond 7, Nieda 3. Halftime: PT 26-10. Three-pointers: James 2, Solar, Pino. Rebounds: Hebb, James 6. Assists: Hebb 5. Steals: Smith 4.

Ransom Everglades 46, LaSalle 34 - RE: Crotty 5, Lopez 16, Smith 2, Oppenheim 2, Deutch 17, McDowell 4. LAS: Lopez 12, Tilman 9, De la Madriz 6, Berry 1, Moye 6. Halftime: RE 28-18. Three-pointers: A. Lopez 5, Deutch 3, C. Lopez 4, De la Madriz 2, Tilman 1. Rebounds: Smith 10. Steals: Smith 4. Assists: Deutch 5

•  Late Thursday — Palmetto 44, St. Brendan 38 - PAL (13-7): Calice 18, Quartin 1, Bellinghieri 9, Miyazaki 7, Gross 9. SB: Martinez 4, Diaz 4, Rodriguez 2, Vargas 10, Gonzalez 2, Bolunas 2, Ka Diaz 5, Falla 9. Halftime: SB 16-14. Three-pointers: Ka Diaz. Rebounds: Quartin 7. Assists: Calice. Steals: Calice 3

•  Late Thursday — Gulliver 52, Pine Crest 51 - GUL (14-8): Deutch 7, Pyatt 6, Pyatt 6, Wirshing 3, Nixon 24, Pagliery 8, Campbell 2. PC: Johnson 28, Jarecki 8, Shea 5, Landers 3, Brody 10. Three-pointers: Wirshing, Nixon 4, Johnson 2, Jarecki 2, Brody 3. Rebounds: J. Pyatt 6, M. Pyatt 6. Assists: Wirshing 8

Late Thursday — Doral Academy 71, Mater Lakes 11 - DA: Neres 13, Llamo 13, Gomez 10, Gonzalez 10, Machado 8, Rivero 8, Grafals 4, Rondon 4, Molina 1. ML: Aparicio 6, Barrios 4, Dominguez 1

•  Late Wednesday — Ransom Everglades 69, Terra 34 - RE: Crotty 10, Lopez 6, Bakes 4, Smith 8, Oppenheim 2, Schatz 1, Deutch 26, McDowell 2, Hallman 8, Sheppard 2. TERRA: Burstein 2, Reyes 2, Perlberg 15, Zagales 6, Tato 5, Corujo 2, Pandolfo 2. Halftime- RE 33-18. Three-pointers: Perlberg 2, Deutch, Lopez. Rebounds: Smith 9. Assists: Deutch 4. Steals: Deutch 5, Smith 5

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

•  Dade Christian 51, Mater Lakes 47 - DC: Miller 17, Sampson 21, Ferguson 9, Vallejo 4. ML: Lamelas 13, Rodriguez 1, Morales 2, Ortiz 19, Wims 8, Alcins 2, Martinez 2. Halftime: ML 24-21. Three-pointers: Miller 4, Ferguson 1, Ortiz 2. Rebounds: Sampson 9. Assist: Sampson 7. Steals: Perera 5

Gulliver Prep 77, Coral Shores 42 - GUL (15-4): Chasin 11, Beattie 2, Parekh 2, Ralat 25, Lafuente 17, Thomas 9, Kadji 10, Siegel 1. Halftime GUL 51-22. Rebounds: Thomas 8. Assists: Chasin 4. Steals: Ralat 5

MLK Classic — Ransom Everglades 61, Tampa Berkeley Prep 51 - RE (16-2): Singer 30, Stern 6, Roach 10, Mourning 15. TBP: Barman 4, Mathis 9, McWilliams 5, Gray 10, Holmes 19, Green 4. Halftime: RE 27-18. Three-pointers: Singer 3, Roach 2, Mathis, McWilliams, Holmes 4. Rebounds: Mourning 12. Assists: Singer 6. Steals: Ertel 3. Blocks: Mourning 5

•  Archbishop Carroll 75, Northwestern 54 - AC (18-4): Leon 21, Brimah 14, Cohen 14, Amaro 10, Garcia 8, Lima 5, Gabuardi 3. NW: Nottage 25, Green 13, Kelly 4, Griffin 3, Mainor 2, Curry 2, Reynolds 2, Bellaway 2. Halftime: AC 36-22. Three-pointers: Leon 3, Cohen 2, Amaro 2, Lima, Gabuardi, Nottage 5. Rebounds: Brimah 10. Assists: Garcia 6. Steals: Amaro 2, Lima 2. Blocks: Brimah 9.

•  Late Thursday — American 68, North Miami Beach 64 (OT) - AME (16-3): Foster 16, Barba 2, Spicer 17, Tavernier 4, Andrews 17, Escobar 14, Liz 4. NMB: Larose 9, Leyer 4, Bissainthe 6, Joachin 17, Remedios 8, Mesinor 8, Jean-Pierre 6, Preriesca 2. Halftime: NMB 32- 28. Three-pointers: Foster 2, Escobar, Andrews, Remedios, Mesinor. Rebounds: Liz 11. Assists: Spicer 3, Foster 3. Steals: Andrews 3, Foster 3

•  Late Thursday — Miami High 81 Ronald Reagan 39 - MH (12-6): Syle 2, Concepcion 4, James 14, Young 3, Coqmard 15, McCoy 2, Baez 12, Gualtieri 15, Sierra 4, Cook 2, Mompremier 10. RR: R. Ortega 6, Allrich 3, I. Ortega 2, Dacunha 17, Prado 9, Vietri 2. Halftime: MH 36-20. Three-Pointers: James 4, Coqmard 4, Baez, Gualtieri 3, R. Ortega 2, Prado. Rebounds: Mompremier 9. Assists: Baez 12. Steals: Gualtieri 6. Blocks: Mompremier 7.

•  Late Thursday — Coral Park 47, Shouthwest 30 - CP (13-7): Pimentel 24, Sotolongo 11, Delgado 6. SW: Bornemann 8, Diaz 6, Alama 5, Noda 5. Rebounds: Pimentel 13. Blocks: Pimentel 8

•  Late Thursday — Palmetto 68, Southridge 60 - PAL: Coffey 19, Povea 17, Schulz 11, Pubchara 8, Wasser 7, De la Cruz 4, Parlic 2. SR: Edwards 19, Wimbley 16, Johnson 10, Sanchez 6, Chandler 5, Clarington 4. Halftime: PAL 32-28. Three-pointers: Wimbley 3, Pubchara 2, Schulz, Povea, Edwards. Rebounds: Schulz 9. Assists: Schulz 5. Steals: Wasser, Coffey 3. Blocks: Schulz, Coffey 2

•  Late Thursday — Champagnat 53, Florida Christian 35 - CH (12-4): Holanda 12, Chapotin 5, Collie 1, Leadon 4, Domingues 6, Mackey 6, LaBranche 15, Nairm 32. Rebounds: LaBranche 8, Mackey 7, Chapotin 7. Steals: Collie 5.

•  Late Wednesday — Ransom Everglades 79, TERRA 40 - RE (15-2): Mourning 8, Singer 23, Rivlin 4, B. Ertel 2, Stern 2, J. Ertel 2, K. Roach 16, Marx 10, Bercow 2, Campano 9. TERRA: Morales 6, Fernandez 5, Gutierez 1, Melamard 5, Barrios 3, Mayor 8, Guzman 4, Martinez 6, Schau 1, Parra 2. Three-pointers: Singer 3, Roach, Marx, Campano 2, Rose, Morales 2, Mayor 2, Martinez 2 . Rebounds: Mourning 11. Assists: Singer 5. Steals: Roach 5. Blocks: Mourning 12

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