High School Sports

Dillard, Ely to meet for title

Storied rivals Dillard and Blanche Ely took care of business in the BCAA Big 8 Boys’ Tournament semifinals on Friday, setting up a rematch of reigning state champions in the Big 8 championship game on Saturday.

Dillard (RMF Magazine No. 2) put on a fast-break clinic to beat Deerfield Beach 72-39. Jordan Wright and Bryce Oliver each scored 14 points to lead the Panthers.

Ely (RMF Magazine No. 6), meanwhile, earned its shot at avenging a 68-62 Big 8 championship loss to Dillard last year by dispatching Cardinal Gibbons 77-61 in the early semifinal at Fort Lauderdale.

Dillard and Ely met at Ely on Jan. 7, with Dillard rallying to win 69-64.

“Our focus has been defense,” said Geremy Taylor, who led the Tigers with 23 points. “Our practices are harder than games. We have no refs. We play hard, so that’s why when we come out for games we don’t look for any foul calls; we just play ball.”

That high-pressure defense helped Ely turn a 18-10 lead after the first quarter to a 41-22 edge at halftime. Taylor led the second-quarter surge with seven points, including a layin for a 36-20 lead before Michael Forrest (14 points) found Calvin McCutheon for a three-pointer to push the margin to 39-22 with 23 seconds left. Nicholas Stampley added 13 points.

Gibbons got 20 points from Gertatus Urbonavicius and 12 points from Keonn Scott. Edwin Louis led Deerfield with a game-high 21 points.

Wright lit the fuse for Dillard with two quick dunks as Dillard opened a 25-7 lead at the end of first quarter and never looked back. Deerfield simply had no answer for the Panthers’ size and a trapping 1-3-1 zone and fell behind 44-15 at halftime.

Edwin Louis led Deerfield with a game-high 21 points.

 

BCAA Big 8 Semifinals

Dillard 72, Deerfield Beach 39: DB: Brave 1, Louis 21, Davis 11, Desulme 2, Petigny 2, Senatus 2. DIL (21-4): Wright 14, Oliver 14, Coddington 5, Garner 3, Bartley 2, R. Johnson 9, M. Johnson 3, Gray 11, Jordan 5, Gadson 6. Half: DIL 44-15. 3-Ptrs: Louis 3, Coddington, Oliver, Garner, M. Johnson, Gray.

Blanche Ely 77, Cardinal Gibbons 61: CG (18-7): Jackson 9, Scott 12, Bogle 8, Robinson 6, Urbonavicius 20, Dalger 6. Ely (22-5): Taylor 23, Rogers 5, McCutcheon 5, Forrest 14, J. Scott 8, Strowbridge 9, Stampley 13. Half: Ely 41-22. 3-Ptrs: Taylor 3, Rogers, McCutcheon, Strowbridge.

MORE BIG 8 BASKETBALL

Late Thursday - BCAA Big 8 Quarterfinal - Cardinal Gibbons 55, Piper 34: Cardinal Gibbons senior Keonn Scott was definitely feeling it on Thursday night.

Scott came out in the first half and drained four three-pointers to give the Chiefs an early double digit lead and Gibbons (18-6) never looked back blowing out Piper at Fort Lauderdale High School.

Scott, who hit one more three-pointer in the second half, finished as the game’s leading scorer with 17 points. He also added five assists and four steals.

“My teammates did a good job of finding me in the first half, and I wound up getting some good looks and just started knocking them down,” said Scott.

Mykayle Carter led the way for Piper (20-5) with 13 points and seven rebounds.

BILL DALEY

CG (18-6): Scott 17, Urbonavicius 12, Bogle 11, Dalger 6, Jackson 5, Robinson 4. PIP (20-5): Carter 13, Eluett 7, Morell 4, Germain 3, James 2, Coles 2, Drummond 2, Johnson 1. HALF: CG 27-12. 3-Ptrs: Scott 5, Eluett, Carter. Rebounds: Bogle 8. Assists: Scott 5. Steals: Scott 4.

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Gulliver Prep 75, West Palm Beach-Oxbridge 71: GP: Mashburn 32, Sanders 27, Taylor 3, LaMonica 4, Robinson 7, Perry 2. OXB: Wilcox 27, Cajuste 19, Spencer 15, Meyers 10. 3-Ptrs: Sanders 6, Mashburn 3, Meyers 2, Robinson, Taylor. Assists: Taylor 5.

▪ Dr. Krop 51, Hollywood Christian 37: DK: Barber 18, O’Conner 8, Block 6, McKalla 5, Lee 5, Rajschmir 5, Ketant 2, Francois 2.

▪ Booker T. Washington 64, Miami Jackson 50: Dixon (BTW) 20 pts; Leron Garnette (JCK) 13 pts.

▪ Thursday — Westminster Christian 67, Palmer Trinity 36: PT: Iglesia 4, Bess 7, Cuellar 6 , Diaz 2, Alston 2, Panjabi 2, Mishra 2, Yanes 2, Waldman 9, Arango 2. WC: Wright 13, Brigham 16, Lopez 6, McCormick 4, Montalvo 14, Verdaja 2, Schaefer 3, Wright 6, Hernandez 3. Half: WC 35-16. 3-Ptrs: Brigham 3, Cuellar 2, Montalvo 2, Schaefer, Wright, Hernandez. Rebounds: Verdaja 8. Assists: Wright 5.

WRESTLING

GMAC championship opening rounds: The slimmest possible margin separated wrestling rivals South Dade and Southwest after the first day of competition at Reagan High.

After all points were tallied, South Dade had 144.5 points and Southwest had 144.

South Dade, which is vying to win its eighth consecutive GMAC championship, advanced 10 wrestlers to Saturday’s semifinals that will also be held at Reagan beginning at noon just after wrestlebacks.

Southwest nearly put as many in the semifinals as South Dade as the Eagles sent nine of their best into the final four of each weight class.

Seven participating wrestlers are still undefeated including three from South Dade – Bretli Reyna (44-0) at 106 pounds, Chei Hill (44-0) at 220 pounds and heavyweight Kyron Taylor (40-0).

Taylor will take on Columbus’ Robert Perez in the semifinals and could face unbeaten Jaafari Stephens (21-0) of Coral Gables in the finals if each advances. Stephens faces Killian’s Trayvonne Jackson, who is 22-2 in the semis.

The Cougars also have Marshall Sweet unbeaten at 23-0 at 195 pounds. The other unbeatens are Miami High’s Guervens Jean, who won his first two matches of the season Friday at 160 pounds and Miami Central’s Kahris Blackman (19-0), who faces a daunting challenge in the 138-pound semifinals from former state champion Franco Valdez of Southwest.

Saturday’s competition will also feature the second annual girls’ GMAC championship tournament, which will run concurrently with the final rounds of the boys’ meet.

Team standings: 1. South Dade 144.5; 2. Southwest 144; 3. Columbus 116; 4. Southridge 112; 5. Killian 92; 6. North Miami 80.5; 7. Coral Reef 63; 8. Coral Gables 62; 9. Reagan 56.5; 10. Miami Beach 51; 11. Palmetto 46.5; 12. Coral Park 45.5; 13. Braddock and Ferguson 42; 15. Krop, Central and Jackson 40.

Semifinal pairings – 106: Bretli Reyna (SD) vs. Chris Busutil (SR), Sebastian Calmet (CP) vs. Justin Valdes (COL); 113: Elijah Varona (SD) vs. Charles Huffman (COL), Julian Hernandez (SW) vs. Ryan Boncamper (KIL); 120: Luis Hernandez (BR) vs. Alex Codinez (HML), Daishaun Felton (MB) vs. Tyler Orta (SD); 126: Marcus Abreu (CP) vs. James Findlay (PAL), Qfieng Zhu (CR) vs. Christian Morales (SD); 132: Alex Urquiza (SW) vs. Alexander Lopez (SR), Carlos Leon (CG) vs. Alyis Mursuli (SD); 138: Franco Valdez (SW) vs. Kahris Blackman (CEN), Alejandro Estrada (JAC) vs. Alberto Mendoza (SR); 145: Brevin Balmeceda (SD) vs. Rashaund Williams (NM), Cardionte Wilson (PAL) vs. Johnny Lovett (SR); 152: Todd Perry (SD) vs. Danny Perez (SUN), Noel Fuentes (SW) vs. Anthony Kinsey (SR); 160: Guervens Jean (MH) vs. Angelo Madruga (SM), Adrian Vidaud (SW) vs. Jesus Bencomo (BR); 170: Angel Delcueto (SW) vs. Richard Mayol (RR), Mikael Fundora (SD) vs. Luis Rios (SR); 182: Giovanny Mentor (KIL) vs. Adrian Nova (RR), Jorge Benitez (SW) vs. Leonard Wooten (SR); 195: Marshall Sweet (KIL) vs. Ulyses Fernandez (SW), Carmine Dascoli (COL) vs. Gabriel Barrocas (RR); 220: Chei Hill (SD) vs. Remy Wilson (BTW), Jonathan Esquivel (SUN) vs. Michael Mireles (SW); HWT: Kyron Taylor (SD) vs. Robert Perez (COL); Jaafari Stephens (CG) vs. Trayvonne Jackson (KIL).

ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ District 6-4A Finals: Miami Country Day 76, Sagemont 26: MCD: Marshall 24, Tayler 15, Alvarez 14, Lewis 9, Berry 6, McCormack 3, Shaw 3, Fishman 2. SAGE: Prudent 11, Booker 7, T.Lopez 3, N.Lopez 3, Castillo 2.

▪ District 16-7A Finals: Doral 68, Jackson 24: JKS: Dotson 4, Hadley 5, Hamilton 7, Gross 4, Graham 2. DOR (20-6): Martinez 9, Rubio 5, DE Armas 4, Crespo 11, Sanders 5, Vega 4, Cejka 6, Barrios 9, Guerrero 8, Guzman 2, Poles 2. Half: Doral 51-16. 3-Ptrs: Barrios 3, Cejka 2, Martinez. Rebounds: Crespo 10.

▪ District 16-5A Finals: Keys Gate 54, Gulliver 42: KG: Denis 20, Moore 11, Jones 9, Klinar 7, Velez 7. GULL: Thomas 20, Tyre 9, Kaiser 4, Haymore 4, Kunkel 3, Pinder 2. Half: KG 22-19.

▪ Thursday — District 15-9A Finals: Ferguson 76, Lourdes 47: LRD: Codispoti 14 pts, Porras 13 pts, Sanchez 12 pts, Midolo 7 rbds.

▪ Thursday — District 14-5A Semifinal: Pine Crest 40, Calvary Christian 34: PC (16-4): Valeria De Las Casas 19 pts, 15 rebs; Haley Mordis 15 pts; Calvary Alexander 18 pts. Half: PC 19-16.

▪ Thursday — District 15-5A Playoff: Monsignor Pace 41, Miami Edison 35: ME: Doughty 3, Hines 8, Raymond 16, Warner 2, Brown 6. MP: Whitfield 3, Troup-Bishop 12, Pratt 18, Domond 2, Cumbermack 6. Half: MP-15-11. 3-Ptrs: Brown, Cumbermack. Rebounds: Troup-Bishop 9. Assists: Pratt 5. Steals: Pratt 5.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

▪ St. Andrew’s Tournament in Boca Raton: Gulliver 13, Orlando-Boone 6: Caio Jordao 6 goals, 2 steals, 3 blocks; Rene Peralta 5 goals, 3 steals, 2 ejections drawn; Phillip Gubbins 2 goals, 2 steals, 4 assists. GULL 1-0.

▪ St. Andrew’s Tournament in Boca Raton: Belen 25, Boca Raton-Spanish River 1: Fede Tamborrel 7 goals; Luis Mendez 3 goals; Joey Balerdi, Manny Chamizo, Jose Chaviano, Orly Galindez, David Garzon, Sebastian Melendez 2 goals each.

▪ Belen 12, Columbus 8: Tamborrel 5 goals; Balerdi 3 goals; Chaviano, Melendez, Thomas Kurzan, Nico Aguilar 1 goal each; Erick Labrador 7 saves. BEL 3-0.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

▪ St. Andrew’s Tournament in Boca Raton: Gulliver 9, Boca Raton 4: Shani Rupp 4 goals, 1 steal, 1 assist; Nicole Aulicino 2 goals, 5 steals, 2 assists; Elizabeth Perez 9 blocks, 1 assist.

▪ Gulliver 11, Orlando Dr. Phillips 5: Aulicino 5 goals, 7 steals, 2 assists; Rupp 4 goals, 2 steals, 1 assist; Perez 8 blocks, 3 assists. GULL 2-0.

SIGNING

Senior Briana Gomez of Miami Springs signed to play soccer at Florida International University.

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