South Miami starts fresh with win over Columbus

02/06/2014 12:01 AM

02/06/2014 3:26 AM

With only two starters returning from last year’s state runner-up team, South Miami coach Robert Doctor instilled a “starting-over” approach into his boys’ basketball team.

Coming up on the short end of a three-team tiebreaker for the top seed in District 15-8A left the Cobras out of last week’s GMAC tournament.

South Miami took it as a chance to “start over” before the playoffs.

The Cobras’ second season began strong Wednesday night with a 41-30 victory over rival Columbus in a District 15-8A semifinal at the Explorers’ gym.

South Miami (19-4), a state runner-up in Class 8A last season, clinched a berth in next week’s regional quarterfinals and advanced to play Coral Gables in the district championship Friday at 7 p.m. at Columbus. Gables beat Braddock in the other semifinal.

“The week off was wonderful for us,” Doctor said.

“We went back to the nitty-gritty and worked on the basics and how to finish games. The kids were real fired up to get back out there.”

South Miami’s defense thrived in the low-scoring contest that had only one double-digit scorer on each side.

Senior forward Joseph Lopez, a Winthrop commitment, led the Cobras with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Columbus (15-9) battled back into the game in the third quarter, scoring 18 points after only having scored nine in the first half. David Diaz led the Explorers with 13 points and made three three-pointers.

But the Cobras pulled away in the fourth quarter, not allowing any points for the final six-plus minutes of the game.

“Columbus is a team that always gives us a go no matter what team they have,” Doctor said. “[Lopez] told me he’d make sure we’d get this victory, and he was wonderful in this game.”

SM (19-4): Lopez 16, Clark 9, Glover 4, Reed 2, Brown 2, Jobe 5, Davis 3. COL (15-9): Melendez 8, Diaz 13, Danny Rodriguez 5, David Rodriguez 2, Durant 2. Half: SM 18-9. Three-pointers: Diaz 3, Melendez 2, Jobe.

• Coral Reef softball catcher Sarah Ortiz signed with Santa Fe Community College.
• Belen basketball player Nicolas Iparraguirre signed with Washington University in St. Louis.
• Northwestern had three of its track and field stars sign with colleges Wednesday.
• Jeffery Green signed with Clemson. Jontavia Dykes and Lloydricia Cameron each signed with Florida.
• South Dade girls’ soccer standout Jade Hayes signed with the University of Tampa.
• Belen boys’ basketball player Nicolas Iparraguirre signed with Washington University.
• Gulliver had three soccer standouts sign with colleges. Jesus Bolivar signed with North Carolina, and Luis Diego signed with Rollins College. Samantha Lujan signed with Florida Atlantic.

• District 15-4A semifinal — Booker T. Washington 64, Mater Lakes 22: BTW (18-5): Pitpit 11, Neal 2, Brown 13, McCoy 2, Passamore 2, Mera 5, Jackson 9, Stewart 4, Sanchez 7, Thelon 8, Cinteno 1. ML: Cueto 1, Morales 6, Martinez 1, Contreras 7, Sierra 2, Largiff 3, Rodriguez 2. Rebounds: Jackson 13, Thelon 13. Assists: Hutchinson 11. Steals: Hutchinson 3, Brown 3. Blocks: Jackson 4. Three-pointers: Pitpit 3, Brown 2.

• District 15-4A — Monsignor Pace 85, Edison 62: MP: Fisher 23, Paula 14, Duarte 10, Jean 9, Ogugua 8, del Castillo 5, A. Alvarez 5, Ferguson 5, Irv 4, Z. Alvarez 2. Rebounds: Ogugua 11. Assists: Fisher, Ferguson, Duarte 7. Halftime MP 44-23.

• District 16-4A quarterfinal — Florida Christian 71, Coral Shores 36: FC (18-7): Lievano 2, Thompson 13, Valdes 3, Wicks 12, C. Herschman 2, M. Herschman 11, Sotomayor 2, Sikora 5, Campbell 5, Wright 3, Jane 2, Perez 8, Jim 2. CS: Govan 3, King 5, Jacobson 7, Rice 21. Three-pointers: Rice 3. Rebounds: Perez 12, Jane 7. Blocks: Sikora 4. Steals: Wicks 4, Thompson 4. Assists: Wicks 10, Valdes 5.

• District 164A quarterfinal — Ransom Everglades 70, Key West 37: RE: Mourning 24, Parker 6, Rivlin 15, Bercow 5, Bonner 1, Ertel 6, Woolworth 7, Pearlman 2, Spiegleman 4. KW: Renner 12, Jefferson 8, Greager 3, Stern 10, Patterson 4. Rebounds: Mourning 10. Assists: Rivlin 5. Steals:Rivlin 4, Ertel 4.

• District 16-8A semifinal — Southridge 80, Palmetto 58: SR (19-6): Garcia 12, McNair 1, Bartley 18, Marzan 3, Giles 2, Charles 3, Mitchell 16, Bernard 4, Collier 19, Figueroa 2. PAL: Li 2, Wasser 16, Arauz 1, Stewart 4, Woodall 5, Pubchara 8, Pozo 3, Hardaway 5, Carrillo 4, Miller 10Rebounds: Collier 11, Mitchell 8. Assisst:Mitchell 5, Canaan 4. Steals: Canaan 3, Giles 3.

• Mater 70, Belen 53: MA: Fernandez 2, Diaz 14, Frye 13, Osorio 4, Reese 12, Andre 4, Frias 15, Nunez 6. BEL: Cruz 11, Perez 3, Fernandez 12, Herrera 4, Sierera 6, Iparraguire 17. Halftime: MA 29-23. Assists: Reese 6. Rebounds: Diaz 10. Steals: Reese 4. Blocks: Andre, Frias. Three-Pointers: Frye 2, Nunez 2, Cruz 2, Fernandez 2, Iparraguire, Reese, Frias.

• Miami Beach 56, North Miami 44: MB (21-5): Z.brown 13, Schiffino 13, Rolle 13, Tolliver 13, Warren 4. NM: Erick 20, Frost 7, Evens 2, Price 4, Irvin 3, Terrell 5. Assist: Warren 9. Rebounds: Brown 11

• Late Tuesday — District 16-8A quarterfinals: Palmetto 58, Varela 46: PAL: Wasser 16, Pubchara 14, Stewart 13, Hardaway 4, Miller 4, Pozo 2, Arauz 2. VAR: Duran 19, Vargas 11, Brown 6, Williams 3, Gallego 3, Torres-Lara 2, Arce 2. Halftime 28-23 PAL. Assists: Wasser 5. Rebounds: Miller 7. Steals: Wasser 5, Pubchara 5. Blocks: Ehlies 4. Three-pointers: Pubchara 2, Vargas 2.

• TERRA d. Hialeah Miami-Lakes 6-1: L. Diamanti 8-1. B. Melamud 8-0. A. Perez-Doval 8-1. C. Ogden 8-0. A. Pizarro 8-0. TERRA 2-0.

• La Salle d. Pace 11-1: 1: F. Raffetti d. S. Collazos 8-0. S. Felder d. A. Hernandez 8-1. P. Hernandez-Pons d. R. Salazar 8-0. A. Garcia d. K. Azcuyri 8-2. 2: P. Hernandez-Pons/A. Rusch d. S. Collazos/Adam Hernandez 8-0. H. Heinz/ F. Pineiro d. R. Salazar/ Kevin Azcuyri 8-2

• TERRA d. Hialeah Miami-Lakes 6-1: J. Waddell 8-0. M. Acosta 8-0. V. Cambe 8-0. P. Perez 8-0. A. Pizarro 8-1. TERRA 2-0

• St. Brendan d. Pace: K. Lanata d. C. Lemieux 8-5. K. Miller d. N. Casadevall 8-3. I. Ciardelli d. L. Alfonso 8-1. V. Ronderos d. A. Martinez 8-0. C. Barbeite d. E. Gomez 8-0. 2: K.Lanata/K. Miller d. C. Lemieux/ N. Casadevall. L. Alfonso/ A. Martinez d. E. Ocon/ C.Blasco 8-4.

• La Salle d. Pace 11-1: 1: K. Garcia d. N. Casadeval 8-0. M. Feyad d. L. Alfonso 8-1. B. Robredo d. A. Martinez 8-1. C. Taqueshel d. E. Gomez 8-0. 2: N. Casadeval/ L. Alfonso d. K. Garcia/ C.Mena 8-6. M. Feyad/Karla Perez d. A. Martinez/ E. Gomez 8-0

• Krop d. Mourning 6-1: WP: K. De la Rosa (1-0). LP: T. Fisher. Top performers: T. Coachman 1-4, 1 run, 3 SB. B. Studnik 1-4, double, RBI, run. K. De la Rosa 1-3, double, 2 runs.

• Miami Springs d. Southridge 15-2: WP: Geneva Santos 9K, 3 hits (4 innings). Top Performers: Geneva Santos 3-5, HR , 3 RBI. Tiffany Turman 2-4, 3 RBI. Crystal Ramos 2-4, HR. Emily Santos 2-4, 3 runs.

• Late Tuesday — Killian d. Braddock 14-13: WP: K. Speer (1-0): 6 IP, 1 hit, 5 K, shutout. Top performers: M. Benitez 2-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 2 SB. K. Munoz 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI. M. Albertson 2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 SB.

• Late Tuesday — Mourning d. Jackson 16-1:WP: T. Fisher 11 KS, 1-0. Top performers: T. Fisher 2 doubles, 6 RBI. V. Tovar double, single, 3 RBI. V. Davidson double, singlle, 4 RBI. ATM 1-0.

• Late Tuesday — Mater Lakes d. Carrollton 16-0: WP: Castroman (1-0). LP: Craythorne. Top performers: M. Luis 3-3 2 runs, 1 RBI. N. Dominguez 2B 3RBI. B. Montezano Hit, RBI. ML 1-0.

• Late Tuesday — Southwest d. Coral Gables 17-4: WP: K. Dube 6K 4/4 4 runs, 1 HBP, 1 SB. Top performers: S. Garcia 5/6 3 runs, 3 SB. J. Yepez 5/5 2 runs, 1 SB. C. Silverio 4/5 2 runs, 1 SB.

• Late Tuesday — SLAM d. Pinecrest Charter 20-15: WP: J. Blanco 8 SO. O. Rodriguez 2 SO. J. Garcia 2-3. M. Franco 2-4. J. Jimenez 3-5.

• Late Tuesday — Palmetto d. Southridge: WP: A. Guglieta (1-0). LP: A. Fonda. Top performers: E. Love 3-4, 1 run, 2 RBI. R. Blackburn 2-4, 1 run, 1 RBI. N. Pepe 2-3, 1 RBI. PAL 1-0.

• Late Tuesday — St. Brendan d. Somerset 24-0: WP: D. Delgado 1 hit, 11 strike outs. Top performers: E. Frasco 4-4,.grand slam.

• TERRA 6, La Salle 6: WP: T. Prichard 4, 1-3, 8 K. LP: A. Perez 3 K. Top performers: Y. Santana 3-4, 2 runs, RBI. R. Pino 2-4, 2 RBI. L. Curtis 2-4.

• Southwest d. Jackson 9-0.

• Late Tuesday — Ferguson d. Westland Hialeah 7-1: WP A. Samuell 1-0: E. Zapata 2-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs, 1 RBI. A. Samuell 4 no hit innings, 5 strikes. G. Casiano 1-3, double, 2 RBI, 1 SB.

• Late Tuesday — Mater Lakes d. Cardinal Gibbons 3-2: WP: J. Hernandez (1-0). D. Delgado 2 RBI. B. Garcia 2 runs.

• Late Tuesday — Belen Jesuit d. Coral Springs Charter 7-6: D. Guevara 2-4, double, 2 RBI C. del Castillo 2-4, double 2 RBI. M. Perez 3-4, RBI.

• Late Tuesday — Doral Academy d. Homestead 12-2: WP: K. Alloroa. Top performers: M. Casanueva 2-3, 4 runs. AJ Puigcerver 2-4, 4 runs, 1 RBI. C. Hernandez 1-4, 1 run, 4 RBI, HR. B. Gonzalez 1-2, 2 RBI.

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Ferguson at S. Dade, 7

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: C. Reef at S. Miami, 7

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: W. Broward at Miami High, 7

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