Max Udine hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into a second overtime, and Russ Barnes scored seven of his game-high 22 points in the extra frame as Cypress Bay stormed back to defeat Miami Booker T. Washington 79-66 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at Ransom Everglades on Friday.
Barnes forced the first overtime with a layup that tied the score 60-60 after regulation before Udine played hero with a three-point shot from the right baseline after the Lightning trailed 63-60 with five seconds left.
Ross Udine had 19 points and Zach Levine added 18 points, including four three-pointers for the Lightning. Booker T. Washington got a team-high 18 points from Dangelo Passmore. Donte Pitpit and Malik Brown added 11 points.
Cypress Bay 79, Booker T. Washington 66 (2 OT): BTW (15-4): Pitpit 11, Neal 7, Hutchinson 5, M. Brown 11, McCoy 4, Passmore 18, Mera 6, Sanchez 4. CB (12-7): Barnes 22, Levine 18, R. Udine 19, M. Udine 6, Brown 2, Michel 8, Arias 2, Joson 2. Half: CB 23-20. Three-pointers: Z. Levine 4, R. Udine 1, M. Udine 2, Pitpit 2, Neal 2, Passmore 1, Mera 1.• Belen Jesuit 62, Columbus 55: With a 13-point lead and 50 seconds left in the game, Belen Jesuit basketball coach Jose Roca was still telling his team to “finish it.”
He had every reason to against their heated rivals in Columbus.
Senior Matthew Fernandez paced Belen with 22 points, leading to a victory for the Wolverines and giving Roca his 300th career win — all with the school he graduated from in 1984.
“We wanted it big time because we lost the last four [games] to them, and we evened up the series at 7-7,” Roca said. “I can’t ask for a bigger night to win the 300.”
The Wolverines (10-10) used a 20-11 advantage in the third quarter to pull away with the win in front of an intimate crowd of more than 5,000 students, friends and family members at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus.
Senior captain David Diaz paced Columbus (16-5) with 17 points, but the Explorers couldn’t muster much offense in the second half with their best shooter primarily handling the ball.
“We were extra hyped,” Fernandez said of the milestone victory. “We wanted to win it for coach.”
Belen Jesuit 62, Columbus 55: BEL: Matthew Fernandez 22, Nicolas Iparraguirre 12, Jonathoa Herrera 9, Edouard Cruz 6, Andres Perez 6, Joseph Cirera 2. COL: David Diaz 17, Chris Melendez 10, Danny Rodriguez 6, Sheldon Durant 6, Andy Byrne 5, Moises Jattin 5, Carlos Carrera 3, David Rodriguez 2, Alex Canzant 1. Halftime 23-23.