Carol City to meet rival Norland in GMAC semis


Last week’s best performances

Team of the week

The Miami High girls’ basketball team won its second GMAC title and first since 2010. The Stingarees upset Norland in the final 52-49 behind Beatrice Mompremier’s 17 points and 16 rebounds and a gutsy effort by Amanda Mendoza (nine points, three steals in the final). Mompremier finished with 38 points, 42 rebounds and 13 blocks for the tournament.

Athletes of the week

Sam Singer, Ransom, boys’ basketball: Singer nearly had a triple-double with 35 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Raiders to a 84-59 win over Booker T. Washington.

Imani Edwards, Southridge, basketball: Edwards had a combined 92 points, 17 assists, 17 rebounds and 23 steals in three victories last week against Jackson, Booker T. Washington and Edison.

Melanie Jordan, Lourdes, girls’ basketball: Jordan had 16 points and five steals to lead the Bobcats to a 37-30 win against Coral Springs Charter.

Brittany Dinkins, Norland, girls’ basketball: Dinkins had a combined 65 points in three games, including 10 three-pointers, to lead the Vikings to the final of the GMAC tournament.

Melchisedek Hilaire, Pace, wrestling: Hilaire had two pins in less than a minute to lead the Spartans to wins against Mater Lakes and Archbishop McCarthy.

Maykol Valdes, Westland Hialeah, boys’ soccer: Valdes scored in regulation and then hit one of five penalty kicks in a shootout to beat American and secure the school’s first district title.

Diego Gaitan, Coral Reef, boys’ soccer: Gaitan stopped two penalty shots in a shootout to help the Barracudas beat South Dade and win the District 16-5A title.

Ale Salazar, Miami Springs, girls’ soccer: Salazar scored the game-winning goal for the Golden Hawks to lift them to a 1-0 win against Mater Academy in the Region 4-4A semifinals.

Samantha Earle, Gulliver, girls’ soccer: Earle scored key goals in each of the Raiders’ 3-0 victories over La Salle and Ransom Everglades to advance to the Region 4-2A final.

Many assumed Deandre Burnett’s graduation would finish the Carol City boys’ basketball team as a contender.

The Chiefs have since adapted.

With a taller and more balanced lineup, Carol City stands at the top of its district going into next week’s playoffs.

But the Chiefs are hoping to show they are a state-title contender this week in a competitive GMAC tournament. Carol City began that attempt on the right note Monday night with a 55-45 victory against Columbus in a quarterfinal at Norland High.

“A lot of people thought we were done after last season, but we knew we had a special group of young players coming back,” Carol City coach Barry Robinson said. “One of the first things we told these kids was not to worry about replacing a guy like [Burnett]. Guys like him don’t come around that often. But we knew if we the combination of five players on the court working well together, we’d be OK.”

The Chiefs (19-4), who are making their first GMAC appearance in three seasons, advanced to play the host Vikings (19-4) Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a semifinal. Norland routed Coral Reef 55-32 in the second game of the evening, dominating the Barracudas (17-6) from the second quarter on.

In the other half of the bracket played at Miami High, Booker T. Washington (18-5) and South Miami (20-3) each pulled off close wins to advance to the semifinals. Booker T. beat Miami High (12-8), and South Miami outlasted American (17-4). Booker T. and South Miami will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the other semifinal.

Burnett averaged a county-best 36.2 points per game last season leading a Carol City squad that was quicker and more guard-oriented.

The Chiefs’ lineup, all measuring 6-3 or taller, has relied on its size advantage to find offense this season.

Carol City, the No. 1 seed in District 13-8A, pulled away from Columbus (17-7) led by 6-9 center Rashad Thompkins, who finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Devonte McKennie finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Marquill Smith had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

“Having that kind of size alone has made a big difference,” Robinson said. “Rashad has the ability to do a little bit of everything for us down low.”

•  Carol City 55, Columbus 45 – COL (17-7): Melendez 5, Cortina 2, Minervino 16, Rodriguez 3, Rico 7, Vanzant 2, Durant 6, Sawyer 1, Halfaker 3. CC (19-4): White 4, Smith 10, McKennie 10, Williams 2, Allen 4, Jackson 3, Thompkins 22. Half: CC 22-20. Three-pointers: Melendez, Minervino 2, Rico, Durant 2. Rebounds: Thompkins 11. Assists: McKennie 7. Blocks: Thompkins 3.

•  GMAC quarterfinal - Norland 55, Coral Reef 32: The Vikings played at an up-tempo pace often turning turnovers into fast-break points. But that wasn’t as impressive as their defense against a dynamic Barracudas’ team led by their pair of Division I signees, Cedric Hankerson (Boston University) and Brian Glasford (Stetson).

Norland held the duo to a combined 19 points, allowing it to build a lead as large as 30 points in the second half. Larry McKnight led the effort with 15 points and a game-high five steals.

Tyrell Williams dominated in the paint with 11 rebounds and two blocks to go along with 10 points.

“It was definitely a great defensive effort to hold two good guards like that in check,” Norland coach Lawton Williams III said. “Those are Division I guys and we did a great job slowing them down.”

Glasford scored 13 points and Hankerson was held to six, and their solid looks at the basket came few and far between as the Vikings pressured Coral Reef into numerous turnovers in the second quarter. Norland used a 14-3 surge in that quarter to pull away for good.


•  Norland 55, Coral Reef 32 – NOR (19-4): McKnight 15, Mike 5, Johnson 8, D. Roberts 1, Huell 2, Deceus 6, McCrea 8, Williams 10. CR (17-6): Cannady 3, Glasford 13, Audain 2, McCrary 2, Peart 2, Bryan 2, Hankerson 6, Borias 2. Half: N 28-14. Three-pointers: McKnight, Mike, Cannady, Glasford 2. Rebounds: Williams 11. Assists: Roberts 5. McKnight 5.

•  GMAC quarterfinal – Booker T. Washington 66, Miami High 64: The Tornadoes (18-5) rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to knock out the tournament’s home team.

After scoring only 21 points in the first half, Booker T. put up 24 in the third period and finally took a 59-58 lead with 2:45 left in the game.

The Stings (12-8), who never led again, were powered by Wadley Mompremier (18 points) and Allen Baez (17).

But in the waning seconds, Devin Holcomb and Demetrius Jackson hit layups over Mompremier, and Baez missed two free throws that could have brough Stings within one.

Mompremier redeemed himself by converting on a three-point play with 9.7 seconds left to make the score 65-64, Booker T.

After a Tornadoes free throw, Miami High called timeout with 0.9 seconds left.

The referees then ruled that there was actually 1.9 seconds remaining. That gave Baez enough time to try a jumper from the foul line, but it missed, and Booker T. prevailed.


•  Booker T. 66, Miami High 64 – MH: Mompremier 18, Baez 17, Gualtieri 11, Sierra 2, Cook 2, Coqmard 4, James 5, Concepcion 5. BTW: Holcomb 23, Spiller 16, Pitpit 9, Boyd 2, Williams 1, Passmore 6, Ray 3, Jackson 6. Halftime: 32-21 MH. Three-pointers: Mompremier 2, Gualtieri, Coqmard, James, Holcomb 3, Spiller 2, Pitpit 3.

•  GMAC quarterfinal – South Miami 63, American 61 – The Cobras, armed with what coach Robert Doctor said is his best team yet, got double-doubles from three players in the win.

Jorge Perez-Laham had 15 points and 10 assists, Tre Simmons added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Ketrick Bartley contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cobras (20-3) led by 20 points midway through the third quarter, but the Patriots (20-5) put together a 15-5 run and then kept right on coming.

American hit 10 three-pointers, including five by Prince Foster, who had a game-high 28 points.

The Patriots’ Jonathan Spicer hit a three-pointer in the final seconds to cut the deficit to 63-59, and Foster got a steal and a layup at the buzzer for the final score.


•  South Miami 63, American 61 – SM: Laham 15, Bartley 11, Blanco 3, Cratit 13, Lopez 8, Simmons 13. AME: Foster 28, Spicer 14, Andrews 15, Barba 2, Liz 2. Halftime: 32-21 SM. Three-pointers: Lahan 3, Bartley, Blanco, Cratit, Foster 5, Spicer 2, Andrews 3.


Varela right-handed pitcher Juan Pimentel has signed with Indian River State College.


•  Edison 78, Miami Christian 69 – ED (14-5): Dervil 25, King 20, Thelon 15, Grimes 10, Oristil 3, Cooper 2. MC: Ramirez 3, Campos 6, Shamyr Borgelin 25, Shamarly Borgelin 15, Penate 6, Rosario 8, Beckelheimer 6. Halftime: MC: 38-30. Three-pointers: King 4, Dervil, Ramirez, Shamyr Borgelin, Penate 2, Beckelheimer 2. Rebounds: Grimes 14. Assists: Dervil 8. Steals: Labady 5. Blocks: Grimes 3.

•  Archbishop Carroll 62, Ferguson 25 – CAR (21-4): Amaro 12, Brimah 11, Lima 6, A. Leon 6, Gabuardi 6, Brown 5, Cohen 5, Fernandez 4, N. Leon 3, Garcia 2, Levitt 2. FER: Gonzalez 5, Berveralt 4, Marine 3, Garcia 2, Acosta, Davis 2, Sfolts 2, Pradel 2, Alicea 2, Alacorn 1. Halftime: CAR 35-12. Three-pointers: Amaro 4, Gabuardi 2, A. Leon 2, N. Leon 1, Gonzalez 1. Rebounds: Brimah 11. Assists: Lima 7. Steals: Cohen 6. Blocks: Brimah 5.

•  Florida Christian 67, Dade Christian 46 – FC: Hernandez 6, Valdes 3, Wicks 7, Cordoza 23, Herschman 10, Montes De Oca 2, Jane 1, Perez 2, Weeks 2, Sikora 10. DC: Miller 12, Sampson 14, Ferguson 9, D. Ferguson 2, Vallejo 2, Batten 4, Florvic 2. Rebounds: Sikora 6. Assists: Wicks 5. Steals: 4. Three-pointers: Hershman 4.

•  Archbishop Curley 48, Palmer Trinity 39 – CUR (19-6): Lemonier 2, Cheron 14, Ermilius 8, Dorvil 2, Brown 19, Esquillian 5. PT: Pico 2, Beclzer 15, Dorsy 13, Marley 2, Bonet 6. Halftime: CUR 29-23. Three-pointers: Cheron, Beclzer 3, Dorsy 3. Rebounds: Brown 13. Assists: Esquillian 4. Steals: Ermilius 3. Blocks: Brown 4.

•  Westwood Christian 87, Naples St. John Neumann 70 – WWC (20-4): Ramis 22, Shoon 17, Conceicao 14, Joseph 12, Jou 4, Gonzalez 10, Mortensen 4, Diaz 1, Molina 3. Three-pointers: Ramis 5, Shoon 2, Gonzalez 3, Molina 1. Rebounds: Conceicao 17. Steals: Ramis, Gonzalez 4. Assists: Gonzalez, Molina 5. Blocks: Conceicao 3.

•  Belen 55, Doral Academy 31 – BEL (13-11): Iparraguirre 2, Perez 6, Alvarez 15, Medina 7, Fernandez 4, Couto 7, Pujals 8, Diaz Silveira 2, Battle 4. DA: Ruiz 8, Fernandez 11, Mendi 7, Steel 5. Three-pointers: Fernandez, Iparraguirre, Medina, Alvarez, Couto, Young 2, Harrigan, Hankins. Assists: Medina 4. Rebounds: Medina, Iparraguirre 9. Steals: Alvarez 3.

•  Keys Gate 64, Somerset 41 – KG: Gage 21, Reyes 10, Palacio 10, Robinson 3, Span 7. Halftime: KG 27-20. Rebounds: Robinson 7. Assists: Reyes 5. Steals: Reyes 2. Blocks: Span.

•  Hebrew Academy 60, Posnack 18 – HEB (13-6): Abramowitz 25, Schechter 12, Masin 12, Paul 4, Meyerson 2, Moyal 2, Furst 2, Taieb 1. POS: Brandwein 6, Baratz 6, Shewitz 4, Soffer 2. Halftime: HEB 30-11. Three-pointers: Masin 3, Brandwein 2, Schechter. Rebounds: Abramowitz 11. Assists Schechter 8. Steals: Meyerson 4.

•  St. Brendan 61, TERRA 42 – STB (10-12): Ruiz 4, Dominguez 15, Claro 2, Harduval 3, G. Garcia 7, Philogene 2, Suarez 3, Moliver 20, Moreau 2, Calderine 3. TER: Morales 4, Fernandez 9, Munoz 4, Grant 1, Novo 2, Gutierrez 4, Melamud 6, Barrios 2, Mayor 1, Guzman 3, Schau 2. Three-pointers: Ruiz, G. Garcia, Calderine, Harduval, Moliver 2, Morales. Assists: Dominguez 6. Rebounds: Ruiz 7. Steals: Philogene 3.

Princeton Christian 60, Brito 49 – PRI: Herrmann 18, Seijas 15, J. Strenta 4, Doering 2, Victoria 9, Thomas 13. BRI: Limosine 34, Huerta 6, Qawasmi 4, Nieto 4, Murad 2. Halftime: PRI 38-19.



GMAC semifinals at Miami High: Carol City-Columbus winner vs. Norland-Coral Reef winner, 6; South Miami-American winner vs. Miami High-Booker T. winner, 7:30

Ferguson vs. Archbishop Carroll (CAR), 7:30

Westwood Christian vs. Dade Christian (DC), 7:30

LaSalle vs. MAST (MAST), 6:00

South Dade vs. Coral Park (CP), 7:30

Edison vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 7:30

Hollywood Christian vs. Northwest Christian (NWC), 6:30

Reagan vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 7:30


District 13-8A semifinals at Krop: American vs. Hialeah, 6; Krop vs. Carol City, 7:30

District 15-8A quarterfinals at Coral Park: Southwest vs. Ferguson, 5:30; Braddock vs. Coral Park, 7

District 16-8A semifinals at Southridge: Palmetto vs. Southridge, 5; Varela vs. Coral Reef, 7

District 14-4A semifinals at Monsignor Pace: Edison vs. Jackson, 5:30; Booker T. vs. Monsignor Pace, 7

District 16-3A semifinals at Palmer Trinity: Marathon vs. Florida Christian, 5; Westminster Christian vs. Palmer Trinity, 7


Region 4-5A final at Columbus: Lourdes vs. Weston Cypress Bay, 7

Region 4-4A final: Miami Springs at Melbourne, 7

Region 4-2A final: Gulliver at Delray American Heritage, 7



Varela vs. Belen Jesuit (BEL), 7:30

Brito Miami vs. Divine Savior (Divine Savior), 7:00

Hebrew Academy vs. Doctors Charter (Doctors Charter), 8:00

Doral Academy vs. Gulliver Prep (GP), 7:30

Monsignor Pace vs. International Studies Charter (International Studies Charter), 7:00

Ferguson vs. Miami Christian (MCS), 7:35

Marathon vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:30

Somerset Charter (Homestead) vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 5:00


District 14-8A semifinals at Miami Beach: Coral Gables vs. Miami Beach, 6; Miami High vs. Miami Springs, 7:30

District 15-8A semifinals at Coral Park: Braddock-Coral Park winner vs. South Miami, 5:30; Southwest-Ferguson winner vs. Lourdes, 7


Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Miami High at Cypress Bay, 7

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: West Broward vs. Miami Beach, TBA

Region 4-5A quarterfinal at Tropical Park: Coral Gables vs. Coral Reef, TBA

Region 4-5A quarterfinal: South Dade vs. Coral Park, TBA

Region 4-4A quarterfinal: American at South Broward, 7

Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Fort Lauderdale vs. Westland Hialeah, TBA

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Gulliver at La Salle, 7

Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Booker T. Washington at Ransom Everglades, 7

Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Palmer Trinity at Hillel, 7

Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Miami Country Day at Westminster Christian, 3:30

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