The most incredible game of the Adidas Holiday Slam went five overtimes on Wednesday.
The championship game of the Andrew Wiggins bracket, meanwhile, needed only three quarters before it became fairly obvious which team would emerge victorious.
Miami Christian defeated Archbishop Carroll 53-37 to win the title at Florida Christian.
Miami Christian’s Leonardo Castillo, a 6-6 senior guard, scored a game-high 19 points and made the all-tournament team. Teammate Eduardo Camacho, a 5-10 junior guard with impressive speed, added 17 points to earn MVP honors.
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The Victors (15-4) avenged a loss earlier this season to Carroll (15-4). In that game, Carroll needed double overtime to win as part of the A-Rod Classic.
On Wednesday, there were three lead changes in the first couple of minutes before the Victors took control. Miami Christian led 14-10 after the first quarter, 25-16 at halftime and 41-26 after three.
Carroll’s game is built around penetrating and kicking out to shooters. In a win over Coral Springs this season, Carroll made 17 three-pointers, but the deep shot was not falling against Miami Christian.
In addition, Carroll, lacking great size, seemed unwilling or unable to challenge Victors 6-9 senior Marc Style, who was patrolling the paint.
As for the five-overtime game, Doral beat Coral Reef 62-61. With 4.5 seconds left in the fifth OT, Jose Fernandez made a floater in the lane to finally decide the matter. Fernandez scored a team-high 16 points.
▪ Gonzaga 82, Miami High 49: The Stingarees fell to Gonzaga College High School (Washington D.C.) in the boys’ championship game of the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Wednesday night at Doral Ronald Reagan High.
The Stingarees were assessed four technical fouls in the first quarter, including two by coach Javorie Wilson, who was ejected. Gonzaga was up 50-30 at the half.
Center Zach Brown, who stands 7-1, led the Stingarees with 24 points and seven rebounds. Guard Chris Lykes led Gonzaga with 30 points and hit seven three-pointers. Gonzaga also eliminated Coral Gables and Gulliver Prep in earlier rounds.
Lykes was named the boys’ tournament MVP. Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) won the girls’ tournament and was led by MVP Kelly Jekot.
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