Miami Beach basketball
With a soldout crowd at the Scott Rakow Youth Center Gym, the 10th seeded Bulls completed its Cinderella run by edging the Lakers 15-13 to win the 9-11 championship. The Bulls beat second and third sseded teams before beating the eighth seeded Lakers, who also made a Cinderella journey to reach the title game.
MVP Joshua Neely led the Bulls with seven points, and Justin Neely finished with four points. Daniel Sordo and Luca Meija had two points apiece. Owen Spill topped the Lakers with seven points, and Zack Barcenas added four points. Jonah Bennet also scored.
Champions: Miami Beach Bulls (8-7): Alessandro Gatti, Joel Gomez, Max Gotlin, Jacob Johnson, Alejandro Martinez, Luca Mejia, Joshua Neely, Justin Neely, Daniel Sordo, Antonio Todd.
Runners-up: Miami Beach Lakers (7-8): Luke Barcenas, Zack Barcenas, Jonah Bennet, Kevin Costa, Aidan Fuentes, Joshua Hyman, Brock Levin, Jordaniel Nunez, Mayer Sandman, Owen Spill.
More Miami Beach basketball
The Heat defeated the Clippers 47-41 to win the 12-13 age group championship of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball. Ivinson Bernadel scored 24 points, and Alexis Amaya added 17 points. The Clippers’ Jeffrey Keeler had 13 points, and Mehdi Amrouss totaled 10 points.
Champions: Heat: Ivinson Bernadel, Alexis Amaya, Noah Stein, Andy Salas, Wisam Muhtahseb, Balthazar Cardova.
Runners-up: Clippers: Jeffrey Keeler, El Mehdi Amrouss, Tobias Sosa, Nicolas Berdullas, Filippo Gallian, Elies Guennoun, Andres Galeano.
Barry University men’s basketball coach Butch Estes announced the signing of point guard Deric Hill, a Florida International University transfer who is a South Miami High School graduate.
Estes also signed Juan Ferrales, who was Hill’s backcourt teammate at FIU, an NCAA Division I program in Kendall.
They will have two years remaining at Barry, an NCAA Division II program in Miami Shores.
“It’s unusual to get a backcourt to come to any school together at the same time,” Estes said. “They’ve played together, and they know each other. That’s an unusual circumstance that’s to our benefit. They have a feel for each other. They’re comfortable with each other.”
Hill, a 5-foot-9, 160-pounder, averaged 6.2 points per game, and led the Panthers in assists (105) and steals (75) as a sophomore last season. He started in 15 of the 32 games he played. He scored a career-high 16 points, sinking 10 of 11 free throws, and had six assists, four steals and four rebounds in a 61-57 Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinal victory over Middle Tennessee. Hill had eight assists against Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, and he had seven steals against FAMU.
“Deric has exceptional speed and quickness,” Estes said. “He’s an outstanding defensive player. He has a tremendous sense of distribution with an ability to pass the ball at the right time to the right place. His presence at the guard position gives us depth at the guard position, which we desperately needed.
“Our tempo is going to be increased, and his ability fits into the style we’re going to play. He has potential to wreak havoc on offenses with his defensive tenacity and ability. He has separation speed and quickness.”
Ferrales, a a 6-2, 190-pound guard from Pembroke Pines, is an American Heritage High School grad.