As if Blanche Ely winning its second consecutive Class 7A state boys’ basketball title and then having Shaquille O’Neal join them in an impromptu “Harlem Shake” video that has gone viral wasn’t big enough, the Tigers might even get a shout-out from O’Neal on TNT on Tuesday night.
Blanche Ely star guard Dallas Cameron, the final four MVP, said that O’Neal, who sat courtside as the Tigers beat Orlando Evans 58-50 at The Lakeland Center on Saturday, said he would mention the Tigers’ back-to-back state title victory on the TNT weekly telecast, where O’Neal serves as an analyst.
“After the Harlem Shake, we asked Shaq if he would discuss our state title on TNT, and he said yes,” said Cameron. “I have to make sure to watch the game.”
Cameron said the Tigers had no idea O’Neal would make an appearance.
When he congratulated Ely after the medal ceremony, Cameron said the Tigers used the opportunity to invite him to join in the Harlem Shake video.
“I didn’t even know he was there until Lance Tejada was at the free throw line and I saw this dude with some real big feet. I said, ‘Gosh, that dude got some big feet.’ That is when I realized it was Shaq,” Cameron said. “He congratulated us after the game and then we told him, ‘Hey, you have to do the Harlem Shake with us.’ He said OK and then started busting some moves. I was standing right next to the camera man, just dying laughing.”
Other big news came Monday when the Max Preps No. 12 Tigers (27-1) confirmed they have accepted an offer to return to the ESPNHS National High School Invitational.
The three-day showcase, which features eight of the top boys’ basketball teams in the nation, will be played at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda (MD) later this month.
The 18th annual South Florida All-Star Basketball Game (Dade vs. Broward) will be played Saturday at Ransom Everglades.
Four games will be played beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Tournament of Champions Inc., the title sponsor of the event, has also forged an innovative community partnership with Virrick Park in Coconut Grove and will hold its Shoot for the Stars Positive Peer Leadership Symposium and basketball clinic at Virrick Park before the games at 10 a.m. Former Philadelphia 76ers star guard Wali Jones will conduct the workshop. Former Miami Heat guard Mark Strickland will also participate.
The North All-Stars beat the South All-Stars 3-2 last week at the FACA girls’ All-Star classic in Tampa this past Friday. The South’s goals were scored by St. Thomas Aquinas’ Jessica Hoyt (2).
Westminster Academy defensive end and offensive tackle Daniel Cocconcelli signed with Wheaton College, a Division III school in Illinois.
Archbishop McCarthy 10, Goleman 0 (6)
WP: Aaron Soto. LP: Christian Abad. Top performers: Soto 4 IP, 0 R, 9 K. Michael Gigliotti 1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI. Jonathan Quintana 1-2, R, 2 RBI. Brandon Vicens 2 RBI. Mike Hernandez 2-3, 2 RBI.
Monarch 12, Hollywood Hills 3