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Westwood Christian’s dream boys’ basketball season ends in disappointment at hands of Orlando Christian Prep

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

Westwood Christian didn’t let a drastic disparity in experience against four-time state champion Orlando Christian Prep affect its effort Tuesday.

But it did make a difference in execution in the Warriors’ state final-four debut.

Westwood weathered its opponent’s sharpshooting for a half, but its own long-distance woes contributed to a nightmarish third quarter that led to an 86-68 defeat in a Class 2A state boys’ basketball semifinal at The Lakeland Center.

“Sometimes in games, shots don’t go your way,” Westwood Christian senior Armond Shoon said. “We tried to shoot our way through it. We tried to take it into the paint. In the fourth quarter it came along, but it was too late.”

Orlando Christian Prep (22-7), which made its sixth consecutive appearance at state and returned eight players from last year’s championship team, used a 15-0 surge in the third quarter to pull away after Westwood Christian (24-6) had kept the score within five points by halftime.

Shoon, one of eight seniors on Westwood’s roster, had a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Thiago Conceicao went 6 for 6 from the field and finished with 14 points.

Westwood was unable to keep up, shooting a dismal 0 for 15 from three-point range. The Warriors, who were making their first trip to state in the school’s 50-year history, fell behind by as many as 22 points in the second half.

OCP was the complete opposite from the perimeter, making 10 of 18 shots from three-point range and shooting 59.6 percent overall.

“Their length and discipline on defense was something we only saw in a few games this year,” Westwood Christian coach Jose Amat said. “We knew they were going to be a strong second-half team and we wilted there in the third quarter, and we weren’t able to capitalize on some unforced turnovers.”

Westwood didn’t snap out of its shooting funk until the fourth quarter, when guard Daniel Ramis made four three-pointers to finish with 19 points.

But Orlando Christian Prep answered with timely shooting and quick transition baskets as it did throughout the game.

OCP guard Adonys Henriquez finished with 21 points and hit a pair of threes to quell any hopes Westwood had of a comeback after it had cut the deficit to 67-53.

“We had the right game plan, but we had to execute it for four quarters,” Amat said. “We were very happy at our defensive scheme, even with those threes. We were willing to live with it as long as we stayed in our defensive philosophy and maintained our structure. Once we lost our discipline, they got a lot of shots at the basket and transition scores they didn’t get in the first half.”

Amat praised his seniors for a memorable run for the school that included back-to-back district titles for the first time in 20 seasons. Although a large number of players graduate, sophomore Eugene Joseph, who had 13 points Tuesday, will be back.

“It’s been a memorable season for us,” Amat said. “Things we need to learn for our returning players, but I’m very proud of the way our kids rose to the challenge this season.”

OCP (22-7): Miller 14, Thompson 15, Walmer 5, Henriquez 21, Montgomery 13, Bellamy 1, Tolbert 4, Rios 6, Jack 5, Brooks 2. WWC (24-6): Joseph 13, Conceicao 14, Shoon 22, Ramis 19. Half: OCP 34-29. Three-pointers: Thompson, Henriquez 4, Montgomery 3, Rios 2, Shoon, Ramis 4. Rebounds: Shoon 12. Assists: Henriquez 7. Steals: Five tied with 2.

BASEBALL

RONALD REAGAN 6, MIAMI BEACH 1

WP: Steven Feierabend. Top performers: Joe Diaz 3-4, 2 triples, 2 RBI, run

TERRA 10, DORAL ACADEMY 0 (6)

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WP: Alexis Valladares (2-0). LP: Davila. Top performers: Reuben Pino 1-3, 3 RBI, double. Alex Saavedra 2-3, 3 RBI. Angel Mestre 2-3, 2 doubles, 2 runs. TER 5-0

MONSIGNOR PACE 2, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 0

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WP: Luis Deville 7IP, 11K (2-0). LP: Suarez

SUNSET 5, CORAL PARK 3

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WP: Danny Diaz (2-0). Top performers: Alex Bravo HR. Alfredo Iser 2 doubles, RBI. SUN 5-1.

FORT LAUDERDALE PINE CREST 10, BELEN 7 (6 INNINGS DUE TO DARKNESS)

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WP: Alex Perez (1-0). LP: Danny Parets (2-1). Top performers: Steven Goldberg 2-3, 2 runs, HR, RBI. Alex Perez 3-4, double, 4 RBI. Chris Koppenhaver 2-3, 2 RBI, run, HR.

LATE MONDAY — HIALEAH MIAMI LAKES 12, DADE CHRISTIAN 3

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WP: Brandon Morffy 6K. LP: Cue. Top performers: Brandon Morffy 3-4, RBI. Enrique Cardenas 2-3, 2 RBI. Joshua Vizcaino 2-4, RBI, 2 runs. HML 4-1

SOFTBALL

MIAMI COUNTRY DAY 18, REDLANDS CHRISTIAN 3 (5)

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WP: Taylor Sennett (3-1). Top performers: Avery Watson HR, 4 RBI, 2 runs. Jackie Lash RBI, run. Andrea Serrano 2 RBI, 3 runs. MCD 3-1

SUNSET 18, CORAL PARK 5

WP: Demaris Miguez 12K. Top performers: Natalia Gonzalez 4 hits. Katherine Beck 3 hits

MIAMI SPRINGS 15, MIAMI HIGH 0 (3)

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WP: Taylor Navarro (4-0). Top performers: Crystal Ramos 2-3, HR, double, 2 RBI. Geneva Santos 2-2, double, RBI. Taylor Navarro 2-3, double, 3 RBI. MS 7-1

LOURDES 1, FERGUSON 0

WP: Vanessa Flores 9K. Top performers: Jenny Herold 3-4. Amanda Senra 1-3, run. Carolina Rodriguez 2-4, triple. LOU 6-2

KROP 14, WESTLAND 3 (5)

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WP: Bailey Miller. LP: J. Payero. Top performers: Taylor Coachman 3-3, 4 RBI, triple, double. Kaila Fives 1-3, 2 RBI. Yuria Kusatake 1-2, RBI

SOUTH DADE 12, VARELA 1

WP: Samantha Cardillo. LP: Giselle Mena. Top performers: Nikki Rosado 3-4, single, double, triple, 3 runs, RBI. Lizzie Diaz 2-3, single, triple, 2 runs, RBI. Crystal Bennett HR

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  Hialeah 4, North Miami 3: Brigette Nogueira won No. 1 singles 8-6. Xiomara White won No. 4 singles 8-0. Adrianna Rodriguez/Darelis Fernandez won No. 2 doubles 8-0. HIA 1-2

•  Killian 4, Southwest 3: Gaby Wreder won singles 8-0. Sara Canales won singles 8-0

•  Gulliver 6, Lourdes 1: Olivia Thaler won singles 8-0. Julieta Dalmau won singles 8-0. Estefania Navarro won singles 8-2. GUL 7-0

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  Hialeah 4, North Miami 3: Humberto Granda won No. 2 singles 8-4. Christ Jean-Charles won No. 4 singles 8-0. Osmin Millian/Dexter Quintero won No. 2 doubles 8-0. HIA 1-2

•  Miami Country Day 7, Hebrew Academy 0: Alec Koss won singles 8-1. Rafi Kassin won singles 8-6. Jacob Strouse won singles 8-2

•  Killian 4, Southwest 3: Andy Durate won singles 8-0. Alessandro Campoy won singles 8-0

BOYS’ LACROSSE

•  Coral Reef 17, Palmer Trinity 7: Jojo Ramos 6 goals. Daniel Varela 3 goals. Sam Doliner 2 goals, 3 assists

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Miami Central vs. Booker T. Washington (Dorsey Park), 3:30

Miami Country Day vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 3:30

Hialeah vs. Southwest (SW), 7

Hialeah Gardens vs. Mourning (St. Thomas University), 7

SOFTBALL

Monsignor Pace vs. Jackson (Jax), 3:30

Westminster Christian vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 4

Gulliver Prep vs. St. Brendan (STB), 4

BOYS’ TENNIS

Miami Palmetto vs. Southridge (MDC Kendall), 2:30

Coral Gables vs. Gulliver Prep (GUL), 3:30

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Miami Palmetto vs. Southridge (MDC Kendall), 2:30

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