Miami Christian guard Eduardo Camacho was not going to let Calvary Christian and its NBA-size frontline end the Victors’ 10-game win streak on Tuesday.
In a battle between two state powers, Camacho was the difference, scoring a game-high 20 points, including eight in the pivotal fourth quarter as the visiting RMF Magazine No. 1 Victors won 64-54.
Calvary (RMF No. 3), mounted one last surge when Rasheem Etienne (10 points) went coast to coast to bank in a shot with 1:23 left and pull the Eagles to within 56-52. But Camacho, showing the late game-mettle he is known for, scored six of the Victors’ last eight points to close out the Eagles.
“We want to play fast but at the end of the day we stress execution, winning the last round like I tell them,” said Victors coach Juan Cardona. “It is a boxing match for us. We knew they were going to go on a run. We knew that executing late, we could pull it off.”
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Solomon Uyaelunmo had 14 points and seven footer Victor Uyaelunmo added 12 points for the Eagles, who were trying to build off its 53-50 victory over host Westminster Academy last Saturday.
Miami Christian (22-2), whose lone losses came at the Tournament Of Champions in Georgia, had other ideas. Miami Christian went to its highly skilled big man Felipe Haase (12 points) after Etienne’s two free throws made it a 53-50 Victors lead with 3:38, and Haase delivered with a step back three-pointer coming out of the Victors’ timeout.
Neftaly Alvarez added 12 points for the Victors.
The Eagles' Jerald Butler, who finished with six points, missed a fade away from the free-throw line, and the Victors found Jeffrey Hernandez for a layup to beat the Eagles’ full-court press to push the lead to 58-52 with 1:17 left.
Calvary jumped out to a 12-4 lead behind Victor Uyaelunmo’s six points before the Victors stormed back with a 12-4 run to tie the score 16-16 at the end of the first quarter. Alvarez and Camacho sparked the surge with seven points in the first quarter.
▪ Miami Christian 64, Calvary Christian 54: MC (22-2): Alvarez 12, Camacho 20, Rivera 3, Diaz 10, Rosario 5, Haase 12, Hernandez 2. CC (16-5): Gray 8, Dalger 2, Solomon Uyaelunmo 14, Etienne 10, Eze 2, Butler 6, Victor Uyaelunmo 12. HT: MC 29-26. Three-pointers: Alvarez 2, Camacho, Diaz 2, Rosario, Haase 3.
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Region 3-5A quarterfinal: Wellington at Douglas, 7
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Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Scheck Hillel at Westminster Academy, 7
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