Cardinal Gibbons tops McArthur in boys’ basketball, faces Ely next

Cardinal Gibbons rode 6-6 forward Melvin Brooks and 6-5 Richard McIntosh into a BCAA Big 8 boys’ semifinals matchup against Blanche Ely.

Brooks (10 points, 11 rebounds) and McIntosh (11 points, six rebounds) were the difference as the Chiefs jumped out to 15-6 lead they would never relinquish in defeating McArthur 51-40 in the Big 8 quarterfinals at Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

“My focus today was just to go after every rebound.” Brooks said. “My teammates got me involved early. When we got that inside out-side combo going with Richard and me, we’re unstoppable.”

The wire-to-wire victory earned the Chiefs (19-5) a date with reigning Big 8 champion and two-time defending Class 7A state champion Blanche Ely (19-2) in the semifinals on Friday at 6:30.

Costly turnovers doomed McArthur’s chances of getting off to the fast start they needed against the Chiefs. Cardinal Gibbons capitalized on the Mustangs’ miscues and opened a 15-6 lead with 1:07 left in the first quarter when Morales followed Melvin Brook’s basket with a steal and layup.

Fortunately for the Mustangs, Junior 6-5 swingman Felix Rivera-Vega got them back in the game by scoring eight of his 10 points in the second quarter to help the Mustangs pull within 26-21 at halftime.

The Mustangs got 12 points from Derric Jean but couldn’t generate anything inside from its talented frontline of 6-7 Sandro Noel and 6-8 Corey Brown which combined for six points.

• Pines Charter 66, St. Thomas Aquinas 45: Class 6A No. 6 Pines Charter (18-5) earned a rematch with Class 7A No. 2 Boyd Anderson (19-4) in Friday’s late semifinal following a victory over St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Raiders got a team-high 21 points from emerging sophomore 6-7 center Hank Hunter and 14 points from Sidney Umude but simply had no answer for Jaguars’ 6-5 star swingman Haanif Cheatham.

Cheatham, a ESPN four star prospect finished with a game-high 25 points and six assists, highlighted by an alley-oop he caught off the backboard from Dimitri Harper.

BCAA Big 8 quarterfinals: Pines Charter 66, St. Thomas Aquinas 45: PPC (18-5): Cheatham 25, Johnson 7, Hing 2, Harper 9, Denbow 10, Buckley 3, Hardy 3, Guerrier 7. STA (13-9): Hunter 21, Marshall 6, Palov 1, Umude 14, Arocho 2, Metzger 1. Three-pointers: Harper 1, Denbow 1, Hardy 1, Cheatham 1, Umude 1, Marshall 1. Rebounds: Buckley 10, Cheatham 6. Assists: Cheatham 6. Steals: Cheatham 3.

Cardinal Gibbons 51, McArthur 40: CG (19-5): Brooks 10, Charles 8, Duvivier 8, Morales 10, Kacprzak 4, McIntosh 11. McA (16-6): Jean 12, Tejada 1, Brown 2, Turner 7, Vega 2, Goettert 2, Noel 4. Half: CG 26-21. Three-pointers: Duvivier 2, Morales 1, Rivera-Vega 2. Rebounds: Brooks 11, Kacprzak 7, McIntosh 6. Assists: Morales 6. Steals: Charles 4.


• District 3A-15 Semifinal: Sagemont 51, Archbishop Curley 26: SAG (17-7): Provenzano 8, Black 8, Rucker 4, Smith 3, Marshall 13, Jackson 8, Correa 2, Cole 5. ABC (5-3): Wiggins 6, Savain 9, Cherry 9, Forbes 2. Rebounds: Jackson 8, Provenzano 6, Smith 5, Correa 5. Assists: Jackson 4, Correa 3, Smith 2, Provenzano 2. Steals: Jackson 3. Three-pointers: Smith 1, Provenzano 2, Marshall 3, Wiggins 2, Savain 3.

•  District 3A-15 Semifinal: Miami Country Day 83, Doctors Charter 7: MCD (22-2): Alvarez 6, McKenzie 12, Lewis 6, Dawson 3, Edwards 4, Minott 24, Anyagaligbo 19, Berry 9. DC (4-4): Exalan 4, Heard 3. Rebounds: Minott 10. Steals: Mackenzie 10.

•  Late Wednesday - Cardinal Gibbons 56, Archbishop McCarthy 54: CG (13-10): Jones 19, Williams 13, Tumminello 11, Armstead 4, Molinari 4, Lanzon 3, Cohen 2. AMC (13-13): Amoregui 16, Grimaldo 12, McCray 11, Middleton 7, Schoedinger 6, Kouri 2. Rebounds: Jones 10. Assists: Williams 4. Steals: Williams 3, Lanzon 2, Clifford 2.


Kristi Ten of West Broward will be the first lacrosse player at her school to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 5 to join the Asbury University women’s team.

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