Consistent South Miami routs Carol City in GMAC title game

For the past two months, South Miami has been the most consistent boys’ basketball team in Miami-Dade County.

In three games at this week’s GMAC tournament, the Cobras have looked like the most complete team.

South Miami once again used its combination of size, skill and accurate shooting to dominate another of the county’s best Thursday night as it routed Carol City 72-56 to secure the GMAC championship at the Miami High gym.

The county crown was the Cobras’ first since 1999.

South Miami (22-3) won its 12th consecutive game and 20th in its past 21 games.

All South Miami coach Robert Doctor wants is for his players to maintain that level of focus for another four weeks on the potential road to state.

“We’ve been keeping them focused every day and every day practices have been hard,” Doctor said. “Winning this tournament is great. I remember 1996 as a player we won it, and it was a great feeling. I wanted to see these guys to experience that.”

Antravious Simmons, the Cobras’ senior 6-9 center and Virginia Commonwealth commitment, finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. For the tournament, Simmons finished with 37 points and 36 rebounds.

But the Cobras’ backcourt play paced them from the start and allowed them to lead Carol City (20-5) wire to wire.

South Miami built a lead as large as 25 points in the fourth quarter as 6-1 senior point guard Jorge Perez-Laham conducted the offense with nine assists and 15 points. For the tournament, Perez-Laham finished with 42 points and 23 assists.

“Jorge sets us up a lot, and he’s stepped it up scoring-wise,” Doctor said.

Carol City’s Marquill Smith kept the Chiefs in it at times, scoring 23 points including four three-pointers.

But the Cobras quick transition scoring was too much.

South Miami senior 6-4 guard John Cratit finished with a game-high 22 points and had four assists and three steals. Senior 6-4 forward Ketrick Bartley finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Perez-Laham has offers from Barry and Lynn Universities, according to Doctor, and Cratit is being recruited by Palm Beach Atlantic.

CC (20-5): White 4, Smith 23, McKennie 12, Thompkins 14, Bell 2. SM (22-3): Perez-Laham 15, Bartley 12, Blanco 6, Cratit 22, Simmons 10, Lopez 8, Barney 1. Half: SM 40-25. Fouled out: McKennie. Technical: CC delay of game. Three-pointers: Perez-Laham 2, Blanco 2, Cratit, Smith 4. Rebounds: Simmons 14. Assists: Perez-Laham 9. Steals: Cratit 3.


•  District 14-3A finals: For the third consecutive year, but first under new coach James Pierre, the North Miami Beach wrestling team won the District 14-3A finals.

With a team score of 208 at Ronald Reagan High, the Chargers nearly doubled the score of runner-up North Miami (106). Nine NMB wrestlers won their individual championship finals to place first in their weight class, and two others had second-place finishes.

“We’ve been putting in work all summer long,” Pierre said. “Hard work pays off, like I tell them since day one, and I’m glad they did it. We’re making some noise right now.”

Pierre worked as an assistant under cousin John Severe for the Chargers’ previous two district titles. Now Severe coaches his alma mater, North Miami, and, although his team may not be prepared to make the leap just yet, he’s trying to make it a two-horse race in the district between the Pioneers and the Chargers.

North Miami earned a district runner-up team finish for the first time in more than 10 years and had three wrestlers win individual titles in their weight classes.

All individual wrestlers to reach championship or consolation finals in their respective weight classes will represent their teams in regionals Feb. 8-9 at Reagan.


Team standings: 1. North Miami Beach 208; 2. North Miami 106; 3. American 84; 4. Goleman 81; 5. Reagan 76; 6. Krop 71; 7. Hialeah Gardens 53. Championship finals – 106: Jacoby Jones-Medious (NM) pin Isaiah Lysius (KR) 3:33; 113: Ricardo Rendueles (GOL) dec. Marcus Martinez (NMB) 5-2; 120: Luc Poliard (NMB) dec. Jonathan Astacio-Munoz (AM) 4-2; 126: Lerch Oremar (NMB) dec. David Hurtado (AM) 8-1; 132: Jonas Cherenfant (NM) dec. Donald Gracia (NMB) 9-7; 138: Daniel Marcelin (NM) pin Zachary Rendueles (GOL) tech fall 17-2; 145: Ritchie Guillaume (NMB) pin Immanuel Pierre (RR) 0:22; 152: Matthew Rodriguez-Kirk (NMB) pin Miguel Mejia (RR) 1:12; 160: Marvyns Joseph (NMB) pin Carlos Seiglie (GOL) 4:47; 170: Courtney Stubbs (NMB) dec. Raekwon Reggler (AM) 9-7; 182: Jonathan Cimadevilla (AM) dec. Sebastian Theodore (KR) 7-3; 195: Tirso Batista (NMB) pin Andres Arroliga (RR) 3:00; 220: Steven Decius (NMB) pin Anthony Bello (GOL) 1:45; 285: Daniel Leon (NMB) pin Theodore Griffin (NM) 0:20. Consolation finals – 106: Jorge Arias (RR) pin Stephanie Solorzano (HG); 113: Jessica Rodriguez (HG) bye; 120: Alan Lau (KR) bye; 126: Carlos Rodriguez (HG) pin Andres Preschel (KR); 132: Stephen Delgado (GOL) dec. Carlos Padilla (RR) 13-3; 138: Raul Gomez (KR) bye; 145: Miguel Rodriguez (KR) bye; 152: Joshua Hernandez (AM) pin Deandre Cherry (NM) 0:59; 160: Andy Perez (RR) dec. Armstrong Pierre-Charl (NM) 4-1; 170: David Phanor (NM) pin Carlos Quintana (RR) 3:27; 182: Ivan Martinez (GOL) dec. Samuel Betancourt (HG) 10-2; 195: Randy Diaz (HG) DQ Oscar Cruz (KR); 220: Michael Rodriguez (HG) pin Eric Meadows (NM); 285: Jamal King (KR) pin Akeem Samuels (AM) 1:30.


•  Archbishop Carroll 53, Coral Shores 31 — AC (21-4): Amaro 11, Brimah 11, Lima 9, Garcia 4, Levitt 4, Cohen 4, Fernandez 4, Leon 2, Serrapiñana 2, Brown 2. CS: Taylor 6, Jacobson 6, Mokher 6, Ismer 4, Dumakenny 4, Scott 2, Cabral 2, Govan 2. Halftime: AC 32-13. Three-pointers: Amaro 2, Lima. Rebounds: Fernandez 8, Brimah 8. Assists: Lima 6, Garcia 6. Steals: Levitt 4. Blocks: Brimah 5

•  Late Wednesday — Hollywood Christian 73, Northwest Christian 38 - HC: Josh 24, Will 20, Treyvon 18. NWC: Jones 28, Michel 6, Mincey 4. Halftime: HC 46-17. Rebounds: Treyvon 12. Assist: Will 6. Steals: Will 4

•  Late Wednesday — Belen Jesuit 59, Felix Varela 40 – BEL (14-10): Iparraguirre 6, Murphy 3, Alvarez 5, Medina 3, Fernandez 5, Couto 18, Roca 3, Pujals 14, Diaz Silveira 2, Battle 2. FV: Gutierrez 9, Baez 2, Duran 5, J. Baez 8, Lafortune 3, J. Lafortune 8, Torres-Lara 2, Ortiz 1, Brown 2. Three-pointers: Murphy, Medina, Couto 3, Gutierrez, Lafortune. Rebounds: Roca 5, Pujals 5. Assists: Alvarez 9. Steals: Alvarez 4, Couto 4

•  Late Wednesday — Hebrew Academy 45, Doctor’s Charter 41 - HEB (14-6): Abramowitz 14, Schechter 11, Esformes 8, Masin 5, Paul 2, Meyerson 2, Furst 2, Dahan 1. DC: Aaron 12, Daryl 7, Myles 6, Cameron 6, Berric 5, Abiguel 3, Jeffrey 2. Halftime: HEB 24-18. Three-pointers: Esformes, Daryl. Rebounds: Abramowitz 13. Assists: Esformes 5. Steals: Abramowitz 3


•  District 16-8A final — Coral Reef 54, Palmetto 36 – CR (20-5): Hollin 19, R. Alespeiti 8, Schonenberg 8, Rodriguez 5, A. Alespeiti 5, Arabitg 5, Toussaint 2, Sanders 2. PAL: Calice 15, Elliott 10, Bistrong 5, Quartin 3, Miyazaki 2, Gross 1. Rebounds: Hollin 16. Assists: A. Alespeiti 5. Steals: R. Alespeiti 3, Toussaint 3. Blocks: Arabitg 5. Three-pointers: Rodriguez, R. Alespeiti 2, Schonenberg 2.

•  District 15-4A semifinal — Ransom Everglades 58, Doral Academy 28 – RE: Crotty 6, Lopez 3, Bakes 2, Smith 7, Oppenheim 11, Deutch 18, McDowell 4, Hallman 5, Sheppard 2. DA: Mara Neres 13, Rivero 4, Machado 3, Gomez 2, Gonzalez 2, Molina 2, Grafals 2. Halftime: RE 37-11. Three-pointers: Deutch 2, Oppenheim, Neres, Machado. Rebounds: Smith 10. Assists: Deutch 5. Steals: Lopez 7

•  Late Wednesday — District 15-8A semifinal — Lourdes 55, Ferguson 14 – LOU (24-1): Suarez 15, Palmer 13, Jordan 8, Farinas 6, Campanella 5, Buitrago 4, Nunez 2, Minervino 1, Sosa 1. FER (13-12): Doctor 5, Taghioff 4, Molina 2, Havers 2, Johnson 1. Halftime: LOU 32-5. Three-pointers: Jordan, Palmer, Campanella. Rebounds: Palmer 17. Assists: Suarez 7. Steals: Farinas 4. Blocks: Nunez 4


•  Late Wednesday - Region 4-1A quarterfinal - Westminster Christian 4, Miami Country Day 3 (OT): Westminster had a three point deficit until the final minutes. Sophomore Joey Alamo scored the tying goal and the winning goal in overtime. The Warriors will face Hillel on Saturday in the regional semifinal.



WP: Tayler Sanchez. Top performers: Tayler Sanchez 4-4, RBI. Samantha Diaz 3-4, 2 RBI. Gabrielle Brito 2-3, 2RBI



District 14-8A final: Miami High at Miami Beach, 7:30

District 15-8A final at Coral Park: South Miami vs. Lourdes, 7

District 16-4A final at Gulliver: St. Brendan-Key West winner vs. Coral Shores-Gulliver winner, 7

District 15-2A final: Westwood Christian at Miami Christian, 7

District 16-2A final at Miami Christian: Colonial Christian-Redland Christian winner vs. Calusa Prep, 7


Class 5A state semifinal at Columbus: Lourdes vs. Palm Beach Central, 7

Class 2A state semifinal: Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin at Gulliver, 3:30


District 15-3A at Braddock: 9:30 a.m.

District 16-1A at Key West: 4


State meet at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee

District 15-4A final at Ransom:

District 15-3A final at Archbishop Curley:

District 16-3A final:

District 16-3A at Sunset:

District 16-2A at Homestead:

Region 4-5A semifinal at Tropical:

Region 4-4A semifinal:

Region 4-2A semifinal:

Region 4-1A semifinal at Cutler Ridge Park:

State meet at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee

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