ROUNDUP

Coral Gables falls in OT in tournament final

 

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Coral Gables was on the brink of winning the Adidas Slam Classic Championship on Saturday before blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead and losing 78-66 to Orlando Faith Christian in overtime.

The Cavaliers held a 55-38 lead with 7:10 left but the Lions stormed back with a 24-7 run, capped by a bank shot by Greg Zuppas with 11 seconds left in regulation to tie the Dwight Howard bracket final 62-62 and send it into overtime.

Elijah Adedoyin (20 points) scored four of Faith Christian’s first 12 points in overtime and the Lions never looked back in claiming its second consecutive Adidas Slam title at Florida Christian.

“Our kids played hard as heck,’’ Cavaliers coach Chachi Rodriguez said. “Faith Christian is a very good team, not to take anything away from them. They made some baskets when we didn’t and made some free throws when we didn’t. My kids played their butts off. The result doesn’t show what my kids did.”

Rodney Martinez had a team-high 16 points, Imani Figuereo added 15 points and Coral Gables’ leading scorer P.J. Hall, shook off a scoreless first half to finish with 10 points.

In the end, Coral Gables' inability to contain the Lions’ Adedoyin, Zuppas and Kenny Leger in key stretches played as huge a role as any in the Lions’ stunning comeback.

Leger hit two three-pointers, including one in front of the Lions bench that gave the Lions a 60-59 lead with 1:01 left in regulation.

Hall helped the Cavaliers retake the lead 61-60 on a layup, and Justin Sanchez added a free throw to put the Cavaliers up 62-60 with 29.5 seconds left. But Zuppas, who manhandled the Cavaliers’ front line with a game-high 29 points, muscled in a bank shot with 11 seconds left.

“We came out with a new mentality in the fourth quarter,’’ Zuppas said. “We were more physical. That plays to my advantage especially and us as a team. Just to win the championship again, its great overall. We wanted to defend our title, so this comeback added fuel to our fire.”

Melo Aguero and Figuereo combined for three consecutive three-pointers in the first quarter to help the Cavaliers build a 21-7 lead.

Unswayed, Faith Christian answered with a 17-6 run, keyed by nine points from Adedoyin and a three-point play from Zuppas to cut the Cavaliers lead to 27-22.

• Faith Christian 78, Coral Gables 66 (OT) (at Adidas Slam Classic Championship): CG (12-4): Martinez 16, , Aminu 7, Delrosario 1, Figuereo 15, Aguero 8, Melendez 3, Sanchez 3, Hall 10, Cajina 3. FC (10-5): Adedoyin 20, Arnold 4, Delgado 6, Zuppas 29, Huff 4, Maxwell 6, Leger 8, Curry 7. Half: CG 31-26. Three-pointers: Figuereo 3, Aguero 2, Hall 1, Adedoyin 2, Delgado 2. Rebounds: Cajina 6, Zuppas 5. Steals: Zuppas 3. Assists: Delrosario 6, Maxwell 4.

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

In the Derrick Rose bracket championship game, Kendall McNeil hit a high-arcing jumper from the right wing with 5.9 seconds left as Jacksonville Ed White held off Florida Christian 65-63.

The Patriots had an opportunity to tie or go ahead, but Matt Hershamn’s off-balance shot rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.

Commanders guard Damon Williams followed two free throws with a steal and layup to give the Commanders 63-59 lead with 2:07 left. But Garrett Wicks hit a three-pointer and Gabriel Perez added a free throw to tie the score 63-63. Dalvin Storey blocked Herschman’s layup attempt with 18 seconds left to preserve the tie and set up McNeil's winning shot.

• Booker T. Washington 58, Jackson 51: BTW (10-3): Pitpit 8, Neal 5, Hutchinson 4, Brown 5, McCoy 4, Passmore 14, Mera 11, Sanchez 3, Burnett 2, Arzu 2. JAC: Phillips 14, Brown 2, Rauls 4, Chebelier 13, Thompson 5, Gonzalez 13. Rebounds: Hutchinson 7. Assists: Hutchinson 8. Steals: Hutchinson 4.

•  Belen 63, LaSalle 34: BEL (7-8): Iparraguirre 12, Fernandez 20, Herrera 4, Medina 2, Cirera 6, Cruz 2, Ordonez 7, Cambo 2, Nunez 4, Perez Heydrich 2, Diaz Silviera 2. LS: Requira 7, Richards 4, Puig 8, Lopez 9, Duran 1, Fortury 5. Rebounds: Iparraguirre 16. Assists: Medina 10. Three-pointers: Iparraguirre 2, Fernandez 4, Ordonez, Reguiera 2, Richards, Puig, Lopez.

•  Monsignor Pace 104, Rockledge 87: MP (11-4): Duarte 31, Fisher 16, Ferguson 16, Jean 11, Paula 8, Del Castillo 6, Irv 6, King 6, Clethen 2, Ogugua 2. Three-pointers: Duarte 5, Irv 2, King 2, del Castillo 2, Ferguson 2, Fisher 1, Jean 1. Rebounds: Ferguson 15. Assists: Fisher 10.

•  American 70, Hollywood Hills 43: AME: Herasme 2, Johnson 8, Spicer 8, Evans 4, Tavernier 2, Grant 10, Clarke 9, Liz 17, Allen 2, Amparo 4, Paulino 2. Rebounds: Tavernier 11. Assists: Johnson 6. Steals: Evans 4.

•  Westwood Christian 68, Jackson 61 (Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest): WC: Desir 12, Hernandez 12, Jou 2, E.Joseph 5, J.Joseph 4, Reyes 3, A.Joseph 6, Desinor 25. Rebounds: Desinor 9. Steals: Hernandez 4. Assists: Hernandez 6. Blocks: Jou 4.

•  Westwood Christian 89, Largo High 69 : WC: Desir 5, Hernandez 6, Jou 7, E.Joseph 20, J.Joseph 20, Desinor 22, Molina 3, A.Joseph 6. Three-pointers: Desir 1, Molina 1, Jou 1, J.Joseph 3. Rebounds: Jou, Desinor 11. Steals: J.Joseph 4. Blocks: Jou 6. Assists: Hernandez 5.

•  Late Friday — Florida Christian 51, Palm Beach Gardens 45 (Adidas Holiday Slam): FC (10-5): Cardoza 11, Thompson 2, Wicks 3, M. Herschman 3, Sikora 20, Campbell 4, Perez 8. PBG: Hubbared 13, Peterson 4, Kennedy 6, Desilien 6, Harrison 2, Bryant 7, Robinson 7. Three-pointers: Wicks 1, M. Herschman 1, Sikora 1, Hubbared 3, Kennedy 2, Robinson 2. Rebounds: Sikora 12. Assists: Cardoza 7. Steals: Wicks 2, Cardoza 2. Blocks: Sikora 4.

• Late Friday — Palmer Trinity 52, Archbishop Curley 46: PTS (8-6): Matt Vega-Sanz 11, Mike Vega-Sanz 10, Portoundo 8, Roberts 7, Bonet 6, Becker 5, Pico 5. ACND (6-5): Pierce 16, Lemenior 12, Armistide 11, Lumpkin 6, Blmchard 1. Three-pointers: Matt Vega-Sanz 3, Aristide 3, Pierre, Roberts, Pico. Rebounds: Becker 7. Steals: Mike Vega-Sanz 2. Assists: Matt Vega-Sanz 4. Blocks: Becker 4.

• Late Friday — Belen 59, St. Brendan 40: BEL(6-8): N. Iparraguirre 17, M. Fernandez 6, J. Herrera 14, J. Medina 6, J. Cirera 3, E. Cruz 8, J. Ordonez 1. SB: E. Garcia 2, L. Moreau 2, C. Moliver 5, J. Suarez 11, D. Cordero 8, N. Fenelon10, J. Biondi 2. Rebounds: N. Iparraguirre 10. Assists: N. Iparraguirre 5. Steals: N. Iparraguirre 5. Three pointers: Iparraguirre 3, Herrera 2.

• Late Friday — Palmetto 61, Calusa Prep 54: PAL: Stewart 19, Pubchara 15, Li 14, Wasser 12, Woodall 1. CP: Pena 21, Colon 14, Machado 13, Alexander 4, Levarity 2. Rebounds: Stewart 6. Assists: Wasser 7. Steals: Pubchara 4. Blocks: Pozo 2. Three-pointers: Li 4, Stewart 2, Colon 2.

• Late Friday — Southwest 55, TERRA 47: SW: Rodriguez 5, Acosta 3, Bornemann 8, Diaz 24, Aloma 9, Davidson 5, Martinez 1. TERRA: Munoz 15, Grant 9, Bryant 5, Melamud 11, Strump 2, Carlo 5. Rebounds: Diaz 10. Assists: Bornemann 4.

•  Late Friday — Booker T. Washington 57, South Dade 51: BTW (9-3): Pitpit 11, Neal 3, Hutchinson 9, Brown 5, McCoy 5, Passmore 13, Mera 2, Jackson 4, Sanchez 3, Burnett 2. SD: Lloyd 4, Fernandez 6, Halle 6, Birts 8, Caper 18, Merzner 2, Gabo 5, Torres 2. Three-pointers: Pitpit, Neal, Brown, Passmore, Sanchez, Hale. Rebounds: Jackson 12, Hutchinson 9, Steals: Hutchinson 4. Blocks: Stewart 3.

•  Late Friday — Jackson 82, Central 71: JAC: Robinson 10, Phillips 17, Brown 21, Thompson 15, Gonzalez 13, Chevalier 4, Ramos 2. Rebounds: Thompson 10. Assists: Robinson 5. Steals: Brown 7. Three-pointers: Phillips 3, Gonzalez 3, Brown 2, Thompson, Chevalier.

•  Late Thursday — Hollywood Christian 68, Sheridan Hills Christian 54: HC: Holmes 8, Jackson 16, Gertner 37, Osceola 2, Momperus 5. Rebounds: Jackson 10. Steals: Jackson 3. Assists: Jackson 8.

• Late Thursday — Chaminade 33, Wellington 30: WEL (7-7): Kwiatek 6, Coulanges 2, Prud’homme 3, Joseph 6, Dieudonne 11, Milligan 2. CH (9-4): Ram 7, Munoz 7, Robinson 3, Dumornay 5, Alllende 6, Orap 5. Three-pointers: Joseph 1, Prud’homme 1, Ram 2, Orap 1, Robinson 1. Rebounds: Dumornay 5.

•  Late Wednesday — Coral Gables 77, Treasure Coast 60: CG: Martinez 8, Aminu 18, Delrosario 14, Figuereo 10, Melendez 5, Sanchez 3, Hall 13, Cajina 2, Hernandez 2, Brown 2. Rebounds: Martinez 5. Assists: Delrosario 3, Sanchez 3. Steals: Sanchez 5.

• Late Wednesday — Hollywood Hills 53, Hollywood Christian 47: HC: A. Jackson 14, J. Gertner 24, J. Osceola 4, W. Momperus 2, J. Holmes 3. Rebounds: A. Jackson 18, W. Momperus 7. Steals: J. Gertner 4.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• St. Brendan 31, Sheridan Hills 26: SB (11-5): Martinez 5, Rodriguez 1, Falla 10, Bonet 2, Murillo 9, Dominguez 4. SH: Caitlin 14, Taylor 5, Amber 2, Taylor 3, Diana 2.

• Late Friday — Ransom Everglades 37, LaSalle 36: RE: Lopez 20, Ajagbe 4, Stern 6, Ertel 5, Schatz, Mia 2. LS: Moye 7, Echevarria 2, Cabezut 3, Lorenzo 7, de la Madriz 6, Cruz 8, Chapotteau 3. Three-pointers: A. Lopez 2, Ertel, Cabezut, de la Madriz 2, Cruz 2, Chapotteau. Rebounds: M. Stern 12. Steals: A. Lopez 4.

• Late Thursday — North Miami 62, St. Brendan 58: NM: St. Gilles 2, Bailey 8, Gassant 19, Seide 24, Theoc 4, Dominique 5. SB: Martinez 20, Dominguez 2, Rodriguez 5, Padro 6, Falla 21, Canas 2, Bonet 2.

•  Late Thursday — Ransom Everglades 39, Sheridan Hills Christian 33: RE: Lopez 25, Ajagbe 4, Ertel 3, Schatz, Mia 3, Hallman 4. SHC: Mclurly 21, Hyde 9, Flevylor 1, Ruiz 2. Rebounds: Stern 14.

•  Late Thursday — Hebrew Academy 57, Archbishop Curley 41: HA (9-2): Dobin 23, Matis 19, Weiss 12, Suster 3. ABC: Ashllyne 23, Ashley 8, Janelle 3, Sarisha 3. Rebounds: Dobin 14. Assists: Weiss 9.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Andrew Geraghty and Ferris Bustamante each scored a goal as Ransom Everglades cruised past Columbus 2-0.

Jake Deuel recorded the shutout in goal, anchoring the Raiders stingy defense.

With the win, the Raiders improve to 14-0-4.

• Ransom Everglades 2, Columbus 0: Andrew Geraghty goal. Ferris Bustamante goal. Jake Deuel shutout. RE 14-0-4.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Laureen Jean Jacques and Winona Paez each scored a goal to propel Miami Country Day past Westminster Christian 2-1.

Ava Hansen dished out two assists in the win.

•  Miami Country Day 2, Westminster Christian 1: Laureen Jean Jacques goal. Winona Peaz goal. Ava Hansen 2 assists.

• Miami Country Day 8, Doctors Charter 0: Laureen Jean Jacques 2 goals. Ava Hansen 2 goals. Gina Macropolis goal. Winona Peaz goal. Mary Elizabeth Allen goal. Danielle Geathers goal. MCD 14-3-2.

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