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Hialeah Gardens makes regional playoffs

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

Some have doubted whether the Hialeah Gardens boys’ basketball team is good enough to make another run at a state championship.

Entering the District 13-8A playoffs as the No. 3 seed following two regular-season setbacks to American put the Gladiators in a must-win game against the Patriots on Wednesday night at the Carol City gym.

Guard Luis Huertas helped Hialeah Gardens get a little closer.

With a couple of key starters in foul trouble, Huertas delivered 17 points, three assists and three steals to help the Gladiators beat American 65-52 in a district semifinal and advance to the regional playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Hialeah Gardens (20-5) avenged two one-point defeats to the Patriots (18-6) and will play Carol City in the district final Friday at 7 p.m. at the Chiefs gym. Carol City beat North Miami in the other semifinal.

“It had to be our best effort against [American] because they are a tough team that won’t quit,” Hialeah Gardens coach Marcos Molina said.

Adrian Gonzalez finished with a team-high 22 points and had seven rebounds. Henry Leonardo finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Alvaro Simoza had nine points.

But Gonzalez and Simoza both sat with three fouls each early in the third quarter. That’s when Huertas came in and delivered key points for Gardens, helping it build a double-digit lead. The Gladiators made 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch to hold off American.

“[Huertas] stepped up and played like a true senior leader,” Molina said. “He’s heard a lot of people say that we don’t have the same guards like last year when we had Ray Rodriguez and we can’t win state without those guys. Tonight, he showed how good this team can be when he contributes the way he did.”

HG (20-5): Sanchez 6, Huertas 17, Gonzalez 22, Simoza 10, Leonardo 9. AM (18-6): Foster 15, Spicer 18, Barba 3, Andrews 8, Escobar 4, Liz 2. Halftime: HG 19-12. Three-pointers: Foster 3, Spicer, Andrews 2, Huertas 2. Rebounds: Leonardo 10. Assists: Huertas 3. Steals: Huertas 3.

District 13-8A semifinal – Carol City 55, North Miami 41: The Chiefs (21-5) advanced to the regional playoffs for the first time since 2007, led by Marquill Smith’s 14 points, four steals and four rebounds.

Rashard Thompkins had nine points, seven rebounds and seven blocks. Devonte McKennie had 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Antonio Watson came off the bench to score six points and collect three rebounds.

NM: Fleurentin 4, St. Fleur 9, Augustin 5, Cine 7, Brown 11, Lafortune 4. CC (21-5): White 3, Smith 15, McKennie 10, Williams 4, Allen 4, Jackson 6, Wilson 4, Thompkins 9. Halftime: CC 29-14. Three-pointers: St. Fleur, Augustin, Smith. Rebounds: McKennie 8. Steals: McKennie, Smith 4.

SIGNINGS

• South Dade had three softball standouts sign Wednesday with colleges. Elizabeth Diaz and Samantha Cardillo each signed with Miami-Dade College. Nicole Rosado signed with South Florida State College.

• Sunset boys’ soccer standout Jorge Torres-Martin signed with Stony Brook.

• Gulliver girls’ soccer team had three players sign Wednesday — Nicole Harris (Troy), Kai-Lin Hernandez (High Point) and Sofia Trujillo (San Diego State).

• Belen golfer Oscar Cabanas signed with Fordham University. Belen also had soccer standout Eduardo Valle sign with Stony Brook.

• North Miami Beach soccer standout Diego Aguirre signed with Ohio State University.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

•  District 15-8A semifinal — Columbus 54, Coral Park 38 – COL (20-6): Chris Melendez 14, Kevin O’Brien 12, Sheldon Durant 10, Danny Rico 10

•  District 16-4A semifinal — Gulliver 66, St. Brendan 59 - GUL (20-6): Chasin 2, Beattie 19, Ralat 26, Lafuente 6, Thomas 11, Kadji 2. SB: Dominguez 22, Suarez 12, Harduval 9, Moliver 9, Garcia 5, Claro 2. Halftime: SB 27-26. Rebounds: Ralat 5. Assists: Ralat 5, Lafuente 5. Steals: Thomas 3.

•  District 14-4A semifinal — Booker T Washingtion 66, Edison 54 - BTW (19-6): Spiller 7, Holcomb 23, Boyd 1, Passmore 6, Jackson 25, Henville 6. EDI: Derveil 21, King 14, Thelon 13, Grimes 6. Halftime: BTW 42-23. Three-pointers: Spiller, Holcumb 2, Durveil 3, King 2, Thelon. Rebounds: Jackson 15. Assists: Spiller 7. Steals: Holcomb 4.

District 16-8A semifinal — Coral Reef 68, Varela 45 - CR: Leger 2, Cannady 5, Glasford 12, Stevens 11, Mccrary 3, Peart 6, Bryan 2, Hankerson 23. VAR: Gutierrez 6, Navarro 4, Pujol 8, Baez 8, Lafontant 17. Halftime: CR 27- 22. Rebounds: Hankerson 7. Assists: Glasford 6. Steals: Hankerson 4, Thompson 4.

•  District 14-4A semifinal — Archbishop Carroll 82, Monsignor Pace 55 - AC (22-4): Brimah 24, Amaro 13, Garcia 12, Brown 12, Cohen 6, Gabuardi 5, Lima 4, Levitt 4, Serrapiñana 2. MP: Duarte 19, Fisher 13, Thomas 6, Wilson 6, Alvarez 4, Oguga 2, Waite 2, Justinien 1, Alvarez 1, Sainril 1. Halftime: AC 44-30. Three-pointers: Amaro, Gabuardi, Duarte 3, Wilson 2. Rebounds: Brimah 18. Assists: Lima 10. Steals: Lima, Amaro

• District 14-8A semifinal — Miami Springs 54, Coral Gables 44 - Miami Springs (13-12): Fisher 9, Troya 17, Olivares 9, Reinvil 6, Matthews 8, Thomas 5. Rebounds: Troya 9, Matthews 9. Assists: Fisher 3, Olivares 3, Reinvil 3. Steals: Fisher, Matthews

•  District 16-8A semifinal — Palmetto 62, Southridge 61 - PAL (16-7): Coffey 26, Schulz 10, Wasser 9, Parlic 6, Mulett 7, De la Cruz 4, Pubchara 1. SR: Sanchez 29, Johnson 15, Edwards 6, Clarenton 4, Garcia 3. Halftime: SR 26-24. Three-pointers: Coffey 2, Wasser. Rebounds: Coffey 12. Assists: Schulz 5. Steals: Pubchara 2.

SOFTBALL

MATER ACADEMY 18, HOMESTEAD 3 (3)

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WP: Amanda Garcia (3-0). LP: Palan. Top performers: Michele Oliva 3-3, HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs. Ibis Abreu 3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 3 runs. MA 3-0.

ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 5, CARROLLTON 1

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WP: Devan Cinalli (1-0). LP: Vasquez. Top performers: Isabella Valderrama 2 runs. Emily Vaglio run.

LATE TUESDAY — MATER LAKES 7, HIALEAH 4

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WP: Sam Herranz (2-0). LP: Mendoza. Top performers: Jasmine Harris 3-4 HR, 3 RBI, Mariah Hernandez RBI. Melissa Luis RBI. MLA 2-0

LATE TUESDAY — SOUTHWEST 9, KILLIAN 4

WP: Samantha Lanzas. Top performers: Samantha Lanzas 2-3, run. Alex Castellanos 2-4, HR. Emily San Nicolas 1-3, 2 BB, 3 SB, 3 runs.

LATE TUESDAY — SOUTHRIDGE 15, SUNSET 1

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WP: Katie Serrano 1-0. Top performers: Lexus Leger 3-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI. Katie Serrano 3-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI. Kristen Martinson 3-3, 4 RBI. SR 1-0.

LATE TUESDAY — BRADOCK 5, VARELA 4

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WP: Ginyer Morales. Top performers: Ginyer Morales 1-3 RBI. Natalie Benedit R. BRA 1-0.

LATE TUESDAY — MATER ACADEMY 17, NORLAND 0 (3)

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WP: Amanda Garcia (1-0). Top performers: Amanda Garcia 1-3, run. Kassandra Ordoqui, 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Michelle Oliva, 2-3, HR, RBI, 3 runs. Ibis Abreu, 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs. MA 1-0.

LATE MONDAY — MATER ACADEMY 17, REAGAN 0 (4)

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WP: Amanda Garcia (2-0). Top performers: Amanda Garcia 3-3, RBI, 2 runs. Ibis Abreu 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Nicole Morales 3-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs. MA 2-0.

PRESEASON BASEBALL

• BRITO 4, DORAL 2

WP: Marco Bolanos (1-0). LP: Davela. Top performers: Andres Castillo 1-3, RBI. Diosvanny Boulet 1-2, RBI. JC Millan 1-2, BB, run. BRI 2-0.

• ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 18, MIAMI HIGH 11

WP: Willie Roger (1-0). LP: Daniel Rodriguez. Top performers: Michael Lobello 3-4, 2 runs, 4 RBI, HR. Willie Roger 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR. Danni Acevedo 3-4, 2 RBI. Amilcar De Cesare 2-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI. AC 2-0.

•  KILLIAN 12, BELEN 6

WP: Johnathan Oliveros. LP: Eric Artigues. Top performers: Mike Perez HR. Gil Blanco 3-4, 3 runs. Zach Polito 2-3, 3 RBI.

•  SOUTHWEST 5, WESTLAND HIALEAH 0

WP: Christian Morin 3 K. LP: Carlos Ledesma. Top performers: Israel Luis 2-3.

•  LATE TUESDAY — FERGUSON 2, CORAL REEF 0

WP: Victor Morrell 3 K. LP: Christian Grullon. Top performer: Pablo Nieves 1-1, 2 SB, run.

LATE TUESDAY — SOUTH DADE 7, SUNSET 2

WP: Caleb Horvat. Top performers: Adam Roush 2-2, run, 3 RBI. Eric Enriquez 2-4, RBI, run. Erik Manoah 2-2, run, RBI.

LATE TUESDAY — LA SALLE 5, ST. BRENDAN 4

WP: Justin Blair. Top performers: Yordan Piedra 2-3, RBI. Mike Avila 1-3, RBI.

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  Gulliver 4, Sagemont 3: Chase Perez-Blanco won No.1 singles 8-4. Baker Newman won No.2 singles 8-2. Brian Granoff won No.3 singles 9-7. GUL1-0.

•  Palmetto 6, Coral Reef 1: Marko Petrovic won No.1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Danny Trainor won No.2 singles 6-0, 6-0. Mark Hellinger won No.3 singles 7-5, 6-1. Petrovic, Trainor won No.1 doubles Bowe/Brewer 8-0. PAL 1-0.

•  Ransom 6, International Studies 1: Jeff Mackenzie won No.1 singles 8-1. Josh Dughi won No. 2 singles 8-1. Andrew Reed won No.3 singles 8-2. RE 1-0.

•  Late Tuesday — International Studies 5, Marathon 2: Renato Smith won No. 1 singles 8-3. Basil Rohrer won No. 2 singles 8-1. Leo Petit won No 3. Singles 8-5. IS 1-0.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  Gulliver 5, Sagemont 2: Olivia Thaler won No.1 singles 8-0, Estefania Navarro won No.2 singles 8-5. Tatiana Ramirez won No.4 singles 8-0. GUL1-0.

•  Palmetto 6, Coral Reef 1: Emma Petersen won No.1 singles 6-2, 6-4. Alex Schlesinger won No.3 singles 6-1, 6-1. Sephanie Levine won No.4 singles 6-2, 6-0. Petersen, Schlesinger won No.1 doubles 8-2. PAL 1-0.

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