Miami-Dade High School roundup

Miami High bests Northwestern, moves on to GMAC final

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

Miami High’s performance Tuesday night symbolized its team.

A dominant first half in which it built a 27-point lead showed what a young squad made up primarily of five sophomores, three freshmen and two seniors can do when it is clicking.

A less crisp second half showed a team still learning how to sustain that level of play for a full game.

But the end result reflects the shape of a Stingarees squad that emerged with a 56-36 victory over Northwestern and one win away from a GMAC boys’ basketball championship.

Miami High (15-9) will take on two-time defending state champion Norland (19-5), which beat Coral Gables in the earlier semifinal, on Friday at 7 p.m. at Norland.

The Stingarees have survived a tough schedule that has included several out-of-county opponents and is the top-seed in next week’s District 14-8A playoffs.

“We haven’t played too well on the second of back-to-back games this season so we stressed to the kids to come out with intensity and get off to a fast start,” said Miami High assistant coach Brandon Williams, who filled in for head coach Marcus Carreno Tuesday while Carreno attended to his wife who gave birth earlier in the day.

Guards Anthony Concepcion and Austin James set the tone early with a barrage of three-pointers that allowed the Stingarees to open up a 25-7 lead early in the second quarter. James hit four threes and Concepcion had three. Concepcion finished with a game-high 22 points and James had 18.

Miami High led 37-10 at the half as it also took advantage of poor shooting by Northwestern both from the field and at the foul line. The Bulls recovered a bit in the second half opening the third quarter on a 9-1 surge. But led by Concepcion, Miami High did just enough to keep the lead 18 points or more the rest of the way.

“We’ve definitely overcome a lot of adversity this year whether it’s been coaching changes or kids getting in trouble,” Williams said. “But through it all these kids have kept things going and fought through it. I told them early in the season that things might be rough now, but it will get better if they keep working hard.”

GMAC semifinal — Norland 65, Coral Gables 61: A night after dominating Miami Beach, the two-time defending state champion Vikings withstood a tough test from Coral Gables at the Miami High gym.

Zachary Johnson led Norland (19-5) to the victory with a game-high 31 points, four assists and four steals.

Al-Wajid Aminu finished with 16 points and Imani Figuereo had 15 points including four three-pointers to keep the game close for Gables (20-5) throughout.

• NW: Curry 17, Griffin 10, Jackson 3, Graham 3, Kinsey 1, Bellamy 2. MHS (15-9): Sierra 2, Syle 2, Concepcion 22, James 18, Garcia 3, Butler 9. Half: MHS 37-10. Three-pointers: Curry 4, Jackson, Graham, Concepcion 3, James 4, Garcia.

•  NOR (19-5): Johnson 31, D. Roberts 1, Johnson 13, Jean-Baptiste 5, Huell 6, Barbary 2, Williams 7. CG (20-5): Cottle 2, Wynn 2, Hall 11, Aguero 5, Figuereo 15, Del Rosario 3, Aminu 16, Martinez 6. Half: NOR 27-22. Three-pointers: Hall, Aguero, Figuereo 4, Johnson 3, Jean-Baptiste. Aminu, Fouled out: Martinez. Rebounds: Williams 10. Assists: Z. Johnson 4. Steals: Z. Johnson 4. Blocks: Williams 3.

•  Westwood Christian 66, Boyd Anderson 65: WC (17-6): Jacknelson Joseph 20 (game-winner as time expired), Desir 5, Hernandez 5, Jou 7, E Joseph 20, Desinor 10. Three-pointers: Hernandez 1, J. Joseph 3, Desir 1. Rebounds: Jou, Desinor 10. Steals: Hernandez 6. Blocks: Jou 4. Assists: J. Joseph, Hernandez 6.

•  Florida Christian 95, Pace 89: FC (16-7): Cardoza 4, Thompson 31, Valdes 11, Wicks 14, Sikora 16, Campbell 7, Wright 4, Jane 4, Perez 4. PAC: Sebastian 9, Fisher 47, King 6, del Castillo 8, Alvarez 5, Ferguson 14. Three-pointers: Thompson 2, Valdes 3, Wicks 1, Fisher 5, King 2, del Castillo 2, Alvarez 1, Ferguson 2. Rebounds: Sikora 15, Perez 10. Steals: Thompson 4, Wicks 4. Blocks: Sikora 12, Jane 2. Assists: Wicks 9, Valdes 7.

•  Late Monday - Terra 58, Reagan 57: TER (5-16): Munoz 9, Grant 15, Bryant 2, Swihart 3, Mayor 14, Melamud 15 Reagan: Ortega 2, Curtis 18, Lozano 2, Pena 15, Barrios 4, Humphries 8, Sarmiento 8. Rebounds: Melmud 12. Assists: Mayor 4. Steals: Melamud 4.

•  Southridge 68, Braddock 62: SR (17-6): Garcia 15, McNair 2, Bartley 11, Marzan 10, Giles 2, Haddly 2, Charles 4, Mitchell 6, Molano 4, Collier 5, Chandler 8. Three-pointers: Garcia 2, Bartley 1, Marzan 2. Rebounds: Bernard 8. Assists: Chandler 4, Steals: Mitchell 4.

•  Belen 63, Ferguson 38: BEL (13-11): Cruz 20, Iparraguirre 7, Fernandez 11, Herrera 1, Nunez 7, Cirera 5, Perez 3, Battle 3, Ordunez 6. FER: Gonzalez 4, Jamerson 4, Acosta 2, Somoza 2, Davis 2, Claro 9, Osorio 8, Alicea 3, Altarcon 4. Assists: Iparraguirre 9. Steals: Ordunez 2. Rebounds: Cirera 8.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• District 3A-15 semifinals: Miami Country Day 53, Hebrew Academy 41: MCD (17-6): Clements 7, Cambo 2, Parizo 21, Wesley 3, Kappos 3, Sherwood 6, Gomez 5, Figueroa 6. HA: Masin 12, Diveroli 4, Wachtel 4, Sultan 18. Three-pointers: Clements, Parizo, Wesley, Masin 3, Sultan 4. Rebounds: Gomez 7, Kappos 7. Assists: Sherwood 7. Steals: Sherwood 5.

•  District 8A-15 semifinals: Coral park 52, Coral Gables 40: CP: Perez 4, Rivera 2, Torres 19, Rodriguez 2, Varela 12, Morales 7, Fernandez 6. CG: Landsberg 7, Fay 1, Salazar 14, Howie 5, Ellison 7, Mena 5, Alvarez 2. Rebounds: Varela 14. Steals: Varela 10. Three-pointers: Torres 5.

•  District 3A-16 semifinals: Palmer Trinity 45, Westminster Christian 25: WC: Poveda 8, Crotty 4, Victorero 2, Woodard 7, Figueroa 2, Taylor 2. PT (24-2): Gonzalez 2, Iglesias 4, Esco 3, Forristall 3, Hebb 17, Dobrinsky 4, Parten 4, K. Pino 6, A. Pino 2, Waldman 2. Three pointers: Hebb 3, K. Pino 2. Rebounds: Parten, Waldman 6. Assists: Hebb 4. Steals: Forristall 4.

•  District 4A-16 semifinals: St. Brendan 71, Keys Gate 29: SB (17-9): Martinez 18, Becerra 7, Dominguez 6, Rodriguez 5, Padro 4, Jewitt 2, Falla 17, Garcia 4, Murillo 10. KG: Pinto 12, Tyre 2, Sanders 1, Norris 1, Smiley 11.

•  District 8A-15 semifinals: Lourdes 74, Southwest 21: LOU: Jordan 20, DeArmas 11, Cambronne 10, Minervino 10, Sosa 9, Vidal 7, Donet 2, Mosquiera 2, Morelejo 2, Cristobal 1. SW: Thomas 10, Camilo 4, Valero 3, Granada 2, Lagar 2. Rebounds: Jordan 9. Steals: De Armas 7. Minervino 7. Assists: Minervino 4.

•  District 4A-16 semifinals: Ransom Everglades 43, Key West 33: RE: Lopez 19, Stern 4, Oppenheim 11, McDowell 2, Schatz 3, Hallman 4. KW: Molty 24, Bailey 1, Marsden 2, Appleby 4, Rice 2. Rebounds: Stern 10, McDowell 10. Steals: Lopez 6.

•  District 2A-15 semifinals: Hebrew 34, Riveria Prep 11: HA: Weiss 6, Dobin 14, Matis 10, Chami 2, Gordon 2. Steals: Weiss 3. Blocks: Dobin 5. Assists: Matis 3. Rebounds: Matis 12.

SOCCER MEETING

The Dade County High School Soccer Coaches will hold a meeting Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Miami Country Day School to discuss the Dade County All-Star teams, FACA All-Star selections, Players and Coaches of the Year and voting for the All-Dade soccer teams. All Dade boys’ and girls’ coaches are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Jeff Watson at 305-498-1263 or jwatsonsoc@aol.com.

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