Ryan Granda continued his perfect season by pitching a complete-game shutout to lead Killian to a 5-0 win over South Dade on Tuesday.
Killian’s Danny Cumba went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Freddy Zamora went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
Granda struck out five batters to improve to 7-0 on the year.
The Cougars (18-3) face off against Sunset at home on Thursday.
WP: Karina Delarosa. LP: Mendoza. Top performers: Kassidy Klein 3-5, triple, 2 RBI, 4 runs scored. Deborah Vainstein 2-5, Double, 2 RBI. Bri Upshur 2-3, 2 RBI.
Even with UConn coming off a season it was barred from the NCAA Tournament, the uncertain future of star guard Shabazz Napier and questions over Kevin Ollie’s ability to succeed coaching icon Jim Calhoun, Sagemont 6-4 star guard Prince Ali never wavered in his oral commitment to the Huskies.
Ali’s decision to go with the Huskies over Florida, Kansas, Syracuse and UCLA, among other Tournament teams, has been rewarded with the Huskies’ improbable run to the Final Four.
“I am happy for UConn and Coach Ollie after everything they have been through,’’ Ali said. “When I committed early people were asking me why UConn. They faced a ban and there was talk if their seniors were going to stay. Well it turns out like I made a great decision.”
While UConn was still trying to get its act together, the high-flying Ali was averaging 23 points in leading Sagemont to the Class 3A state title, the first perfect season (33-0) in Broward County's rich prep basketball history and berth in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament.
Ironically enough, Ali will have a chance to play at historic Madison Square Garden, site of the Huskies’ stirring 60-54 come-back victory over Michigan State, the East No. 4 seed, on Sunday, if Sagemont advances to the National Tournament Finals on Saturday at noon.
Sagemont, ranked No. 4 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, faces No. 2 Montverde Prep (25-0) in the National Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
On Saturday UConn (30-8), which rallied from a nine-point second half deficit behind Shabazz Napier’s game-high 25 points, faces Florida (36-2), a team, Ali recalls “didn’t recruit me as hard as some other prospects” in the Final Four.
Florida has rattled off 30 consecutive games since losing Dec. 2 to Connecticut on a buzzer-beater from Napier.
“Napier is playing like he is the best guard in the country,’’ Ali said. “He is stepping up like his team needs him to. I definitely watch him and take things from his game. I think it will be a dog fight. Its looking like whomever coaches a better game will win.”
BOYS’ VOLLEYBALLMiami High d. Gables 25-14, 25-13, 25-18: Mourning d. American 25-9, 25-19, 25-5: Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Hialeah High 25-19, 25-22, 15-25, 25-17: South Broward d. Hollywood Hills 25-15, 25-10, 25-10: Archbishop McCarthy d. Cardinal Gibbons 28-26, 25-22, 25-12: Monarch d. Douglas: 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 27-25: Chaminade-Madonna d. Flanagan 25-17, 25-20, 25-17:
GIRLS’ TENNISDistrict 12: District 14: District 15-2A: District 16-2A:
BOYS’ TENNISDistrict 14-1A: District 15-2A: District 14: District 16 2-A:
FLAG FOOTBALLSagemont 35, Somerset 0: Somerset Homestead 25, Hebrew Academy 0:
GIRLS’ LACROSSESt. Thomas Aquinas 9, Benjamin School 8:
BOYS’ LACROSSEGulliver 7, Palmetto 6: University School 14, Boca 2:
GIRLS’ WATER POLOWestminster Academy 17, Douglas 1:
BOYS’ WATER POLOWestminster Academy 16, Douglas 14:
Columbus vs. Ferguson, 3:30
Northwestern vs. Sunset, 3:30
Brito Miami vs. Archbishop Carroll, 3:30
Miami Springs vs. Norland, 3:30
South Miami vs. Coral Park, 3:30
LaSalle vs. Gulliver Prep, 4:15
Goleman vs. Mourning, 6:00
Monsignor Pace vs. Mater Lakes, 6:30
Braddock vs. Southwest, 7:00
Coral Shores vs. Florida Christian, 7:00
Doral Academy vs. Miami High, 7:00
Monsignor Pace vs. North Miami, 3:30
Greater Miami Academy vs. Coral Gables, 3:30
Krop vs. Braddock, 5:00
LaSalle vs. Ransom Everglades, 5:00
Belen Jesuit vs. Florida Christian, 5:30
Columbus vs. Coral Park, 7:15
SLAM Charter vs. Coral Reef, 7:15
Norland vs. North Miami, 3:30
Ferguson vs. HML, 3:30
Hialeah Gardens vs. Westland Hialeah, 3:30
Mater Academy vs. Homestead, 3:30
Jackson vs. TERRA, 3:30
Miami High vs. Booker T. Wash., 3:30
Archbishop Curley vs. Keys Gate, 4:00
LaSalle vs. Miami Country Day, 5:00
Miami Country Day vs. Sagemont, 3:00
Belen Jesuit vs. Homestead, 3:30
Miami Palmetto vs. Coral Reef, 3:30
Florida Christian vs. St. Brendan, 3:30
Sunset vs. Killian, 3:30
Booker T. Wash. vs. Norland, 3:30
Miami Central vs. Westland Hialeah, 3:30
Krop vs. Hialeah Gardens, 3:30
Coral Park vs. Ferguson, 3:30
Southridge vs. Varela, 3:30
Coral Gables vs. Carroll, 3:30
Northwestern vs. Jackson, 3:30
North Miami Beach vs. American, 3:30
TERRA vs. Mater Academy, 3:30
Palmer Trinity vs. Curley, 3:45
Doral Academy vs. Mater Lakes, 6:30
Westwood Christian vs. Calusa Prep, 7:00
Ronald Reagan vs. HML, 7:00
Miami Beach vs. Hialeah, 7:00