Trey Mourning pumped his fists hard as the basket dropped. He had just completed a huge three-point play to put his team up 58-53 with 1:10 left in the game.
It would be that play that energized Ransom Everglades en route to its 67-59 regional quarterfinal victory over Booker T. Washington on Thursday night.
“We started out really well, and ultimately it came down to making the big plays. My teammates were huge [Thursday night],” Mourning said.
He finished with 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the team.
The Raiders (21-10) survived a furious second-half comeback by the Tornadoes (18-7) in which they gave up a double-digit lead. Booker T. Washington’s duo of Demetrius Jackson and Pierre Thelon combined for 28 points during that stretch in the third quarter but missed some free throws, and a 6-0 run by the Raiders hurt their chances in the end.
“It was a tough game. We had the lead, but we missed some free throws,” Thelon said. “But that’s a good team we played [Thursday night].”
The teams traded baskets midway through the second half, but Jackson had a huge putback that gave his team its first lead of the game, 47-46 with 5:23 left.
Ransom Everglades was eager to answer back and stopped the Tornadoes behind a pumped-up home crowd and 23 points by its starting point guard, Scott Rivlin.
“Trey was on fire in the beginning, and the way our offense is designed it opened things up for me,” Rivlin said.
Jackson had 26 points and Thelon added 24 points and five rebounds for Booker T. Washington.
Ransom Everglades advanced to face Monsignor Pace in the regional semifinals.
“We got to learn how to close out games better; we’ll need to improve, especially against Pace,” Mourning said.
•Region 4-6A quarterfinal — Norland 63, Northwestern 45:
With a 20-point lead in hand in the fourth quarter, Norland’s players wanted to give their home crowd a highlight play they were longing for.
Although it took several attempts, 6-7 forward/center Tyrell Williams provided a two-handed slam with five minutes remaining that gave Norland supporters, including alum and current UM running back Duke Johnson, something to cheer about.
It also gave Norland coach Lawton Williams III something to scold them for.
Zachary Johnson scored 21 points and had four assists, Darron Johnson added 17 points and host Norland (23-5) took care of Miami Northwestern (19-10).
The Johnsons, who aren’t related, did most of their damage in the first half, helping the Vikings tame the Bulls throughout. But Norland’s “unforced, ridiculous turnovers” and “playing for the crowd” were issues Williams was going to address.
Norland led by as many as 22 points, as its twin-tower combo of Williams and 6-10 center Dewan Huell affected Northwestern’s offense despite giving up seven offensive rebounds. Williams finished with five points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Huell added seven points and four blocks.
Point guard Alexae Curry led the Bulls with 13 points and three assists, as Bulls big man Dotson Griffin only finished with four points despite grabbing eight rebounds, four offensive.
•Region 4-6A quarterfinal — Mater Academy 56, Carol City 36:
Mater Academy still feels slightly underappreciated after a district-winning season.
Host Mater translated that frustration into a stifling defense that exploited Carol City in its victory.
The Lions (24-4) advanced to visit two-time defending state champion Norland in the regional semifinals Tuesday.
Junior point guard Isaiah Reese filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, nine assists, five rebounds and five steals.
“He does everything,” Mater coach Corey Stephens said. “He scores, he rebounds, he makes things happen. He’s our energy. He makes us go.”
Ralphy Diaz also scored 10 points, and Jesus Fernandez added eight while defending Carol City’s top scorer, Zachery White, who had a game-high 16 points — eight of which came after Fernandez was benched for drawing a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
If the Lions want to establish themselves as a force in the basketball ranks, a postseason meeting with Norland is the perfect opportunity.
“They’re going to know about us Tuesday because we’re going to bring it,” said Reese, who was one of six transfers from Hialeah Gardens this season.
•Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Westwood Christian 75, International School of Broward 72:
Despite a slow start and then falling behind in the final minutes, Westwood Christian came away with the victory at home over the International School of Broward.
The win propelled the Warriors (20-7) into the semifinals, where they will take on Sagemont on the road. The Pumas’ season ended at 18-7.
The Warriors fell behind early thanks to poor execution, as the Pumas jumped out to a 17-4 lead about halfway through the first quarter.
But that’s when cousins Eugene Joseph and Jack-nelson Joseph jumpstarted the Warriors’ offense, helping them climb out of a 13-point hole to go into the half tied 32-32.
After holding a slight lead for most of the third and fourth quarters, Westwood Christian fell behind 72-67 with 1:25 remaining.
That’s when Sherer Desinor came up big for the Warriors, converting a three-point play and draining a three-pointer moments later to give Westwood Christian the lead with 58 seconds to go. Desinor finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.
Eugene Joseph finished with a team-high 21 points while Jack-nelson Joseph posted 18 points and six steals. Jonathan Isaac led the way for the Pumas with 22 points and four three-pointers in the loss.
•Region 4-8A quarterfinal — South Miami 61, Southridge 48:
Joseph Lopez’s double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds helped lead the Cobras into the next round of regionals.
By the end of the first period, South Miami led 21-11.
But the Trojans came back in the third and narrowed the lead to 33-30.
“We started off real slow,” South Miami coach Robert Doctor said. “We were out of everything, but we settle down in the second. It was a good win.”
By the beginning of the fourth period, South Miami held a five-point lead, a gap that the Southridge boys couldn’t fully close.
The Cobras (22-4) advanced to the semifinal round, where they will face Coral Gables on Tuesday at Southridge.
•Region 4-8A quarterfinal — McArthur 55, Miami High 54 (OT):
McArthur won its first regional boys’ basketball playoff game in 11 years, defeating visiting Miami High in overtime.
The Mustangs (19-6) advanced to Tuesday’s Class 8A regional semifinals, where they will play host to Miami Beach.
“This is huge,” said McArthur second-year coach Warren Gale, who has nine juniors on his roster. “This means everything to this school.”
McArthur, which had lost five consecutive regional playoff games, looked to have won the game in regulation when 6-4 freshman Terrell Turner, who had 11 points, hit a runner in the lane with four seconds left.
But Miami High 6-6 sophomore forward Marlon Sierra drew a shooting foul on Corey Brown with 0.3 seconds left. Sierra’s first free throw bounced off the front rim and in, and the second went in to force overtime.
McArthur never trailed in overtime, sending Miami High (15-13) to its first one-and-done regional playoff since 2006.
The Mustangs were led by 6-2 junior shooting guard Derric Jean, who had 16 points.
•Region 4-8A quarterfinal — Coral Gables 73, Coral Reef 70:
The Cavaliers (22-5) nearly collapsed late in the fourth quarter after an 11-point lead vanished but defeated the host Barracudas (13-14) thanks to clutch free throws.
Coral Gables will go to South Miami for the Region 4-8A semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Coral Reef big man Zavier Peart scored 15 first-half points, all in the second quarter, and nine of those points came on “and-one” conversions. Gables connected on six three-pointers in the first half to take a 33-29 lead at halftime.
Down 71-67 with 16 seconds left, Coral Reef’s Chris Cannady drove the length of the court and hit a huge three-pointer.
The Cavaliers inbounded the ball immediately and got the ball to Wajid Aminu, who was fouled with one second left. Aminu hit both free throws to put Gables up 73-70. Coral Reef did not have a timeout left and was forced to throw up an unsuccessful half-court shot at the buzzer.