High School Sports

Zion Lutheran sends message with victory over Coral Gables in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic

Zion Lutheran watched fellow Class 2A power Miami Christian beat Chaminade 70-61 in a preceding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic matchup, then delivered its own message to a Miami Christian team it could meet in the playoffs.

Florida 6-8 commit Keith Stone shook off a foul-plagued start and finished with a game-high 23 points, and Stone’s unsung frontcourt teammate Tevin Dailey provided the muscle and hustle inside with 12 points as Zion Lutheran beat Class 8A contender Coral Gables 66-48 at Ransom Everglades on Monday.

“Miami Christian is a good team, but I think that my team is better,” Stone said. “We worked a lot over the summer. I think we will be ready for them.”

Coral Gables gave Zion everything it could handle despite the absence of leading scorer PJ Hall (18 points per game), who sat out with an illness, but it ultimately wore down under the Lions’ trapping defense that took its toll in the pivotal third quarter.

Although Stone is the Lions’ go-to player, Zion showed once again it is not a one-man team when Stone exited the game with his third foul with 7:22 left in the second quarter.

Gables was seemingly poised to build on a 22-16 lead only to watch the Lions seize the momentum with a 7-1 run. Brandon Bornelus hit his second three-pointer to tie the score at 23 with 5:37 left in the second quarter, and Zion took a 37-33 halftime lead.

Cavaliers forward Kelvin Morley helped pick up some of the slack for Hall’s absence with a team-high 12 points for the Cavaliers. Justin Sanchez added 10 points.

Bornelus (16 points), Zion’s most improved player this season, helped turn the game for good in the third quarter with a passing clinic before an audience that included Miami coach Jim Larrañaga.

Bornelus found Stone inside with a look away pass to start the third quarter and then drew the biggest applause of the game with another nifty look away pass to Edwin Louis on the break which put the Lions up 44-40 with 4:36 left in the third quarter

Louis then set up the back-breaker, a Stone tomahawk dunk that put Zion up 51-42 with 1:05 in the third quarter, on a behind-the-back pass, prompting a Cavaliers timeout.

"The game changed in the third quarter," said Zion coach John Guion. "We started getting stop stops and gave up only nine points. Offensively we did a good job of executing. It was good to play against a match up zone."

▪ MLK Classic — Zion Lutheran 66, Coral Gables 48: ZL (14-5): Stone 23, Stern 2, Witty 2, Bornelus 16, Louis 10, Dailey 12. CG: Amino 6, Sanchez 10, Diaz 9, Waiters 2, Morley 12, Cajina 4, Pena 2, Blett 3. Half: ZL 37-33

▪ MLK Classic — Gulliver Prep 68, Lincoln Park (FP) 58: GP (11-8): Bowes 36, Pattullo 12, Heckaman 7, Silberman 7, Jackson 6. LP: Mack 18, Sauveur 16, Gayman 12, Jerger 6, King 2, Gibson 2, Apugliese 2. Three-pointers: Bowes 2, Heckaman 1, Pattullo 1, Gayman 2, Sauveur 2, Jerger 1. Rebounds: Bowes 13. Assists: Pattullo 4. Half: 29-31 LP.

▪ MLK Classic — Champagnat 62, Central 67: CHA (19-1): Cornish 10, Diaz 6, Vazquez 10, Mackey 17, Parker 19. CEN (16-3): Saunders 12, Turnier 10, Nunnally 4, Wilson 11, Wilkerson 2, Occi 8, Wynn 6, McFadden 14. Rebounds: Wynn 8. Assist: Saunders 9. Steals: Wilson 10. Blocks: Wynn 3. Half: 30-26 CEN.

▪ St. Brendan 70, School House Prep 58: SB (11-8): Suarez 28, Moliver 22, Fenelon 7, Barrenechea 5, Iglesias 4, de la Torriente 2, Sanchez 2. SHP: Machado 22, Ramos 14, Sanchez 10, Tompkins 5, Sullivan 5, Smith 2.

▪ Late Saturday — Hillel 75, Posnack 66: HIL (11-6): Moskovitz 21, Klainbaum 19, Ohayon 13, Kaswan 11, Burstyn 6, Beda 5. POS (10-5): Brandwein 14, Levy 10, Dawb 9, Djamal 6, Gamat 6, Wasserstrom 6, Smalley 6, Alkobi 4, Shewitz 3, Matloff 2. Half: 45-37 HIL. Rebounds: Klainbaum 10, Ohayon 10. Assists:Ohayon 5. Steals: Beda 4, Moskovitz 4.

▪ Late Saturday, MLK Classic — Coral Springs Charter 65, Miami High 56: CSC (11-4): Cinevert 2, Kinsey 6, Lee 6, Vaughn 15, Hylton 8, Borders 30. Rebounds: Lee 9, Vaughn 8. MIA: Nicholas 17, Chevalier 15, Serra 13, Garcia 3, Butler 2, Green 6. Half: 32-20 CSC.

▪ Late Saturday — Blanche Ely 80, Deerfield 53: BE (17-0): Gosier 11, Taylor 4, Houston 3, Scott 8, Wilson 24, Goodrum 3, Devers 2, Heastie 12, Rideau 12. Rebounds: Rideau 12, Gosier 10. Steals: Rideau 10. Assists: Rideau 9.

▪ Late Friday, MLK Classic — Central 67, Coral Gables 63: CG (15-3): Aminu 2, Hall 25, Smitn 8, Morley Jr. 13, Black 9, Pena 6. CEN: Saunders 20, Nunnally 2, Wilson 16, Wilkerson 6, Occi 7, Gibson 5, Wynn 10. Rebounds: Wilkerson 8. Assist: Nunnally 6. Steals: Nunnally 5. Blocks: Wynn 4. Half: 30-25 CEN.

BOYS’ SOCCER

▪ District 16-5A quarterfinals — Ferguson 5, Killian 1: Holman Rios 2 goals. Allan Jarquin 2 goals. Robert Ore goal, assist. FER 11-5-5.

▪ District 15-1A quarterfinals — Miami Country Day 7, Greater Miami Academy 0: Agustin Popiloff 3 goals. Julian Claramonte goal. Sam Bensen goal. Ryan Amoils goal. Erin Dillwrth goal. Pablo Mejia 5 assists. Blake Thomas 4th shuout. MCD 13-7-2.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Late Saturday — Seffner 80, Florida Christian 55: FC (15-6): Jimenez 30, K. Jim 9, Moura 8, Irvine 6, Prinz 2. SCA: Hall 21, Wasla 20, Parimore 12, Reed 11, Barten 8, Boyster 4, Stephens 4. Half: 31-28 SCA. Three-pointers: Jimenez 4. Rebounds: Jimenez 10, K. Jim 8. Assists: Jimenez 6. Steals: Jimenez 6.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ SOCCER

District 12-5A opening round: Coral Glades at West Boca Raton, 6

District 13-5A quarterfinals at St. Thomas Aquinas: Nova vs. Piper, 5; St. Thomas vs. Cooper City, 7

District 14-5A semifinals at Flanagan: Krop vs. Miramar, 5; Flanagan vs. West Broward, 7

District 15-5A quarterfinal at Traz: Miami Beach vs. South Miami, 4

District 16-5A semifinals at Harris Field: South Dade-Palmetto winner vs. Coral Reef, 3:30; Ferguson-Killian winner vs. Varela, 5:30

District 15-3A semifinals at Archbishop McCarthy: Hallandale vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 4; Boynton Beach vs. American Heritage, 6

District 14-2A quarterfinals at Cardinal Gibbons: Pine Crest vs. Coral Springs Charter, 5; Calvary Christian vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 7

District 16-2A quarterfinals at Gulliver Prep: Archbishop Carroll vs. St. Brendan, 1:30; Keys Gate vs. Florida Christian, 3:30; at Gulliver Academy: Westminster Christian vs. Coral Shores, 3:30

District 13-1A semifinals at Highlands Christian: South Florida HEAT vs. Coral Springs Christian, 5; Westminster Academy vs. Highlands Christian-Zion Lutheran winner, 7

District 14-1A semifinals at Weston Regional Park: Somerset Central Miramar vs. Sagemont, 3:30; International School of Broward vs. Posnack, 3:30

District 16-4A semifinals at Belen: Mater vs. Central, 1:30; Belen vs. TERRA, 3:30

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

GMAC quarterfinals: Central at Ferguson, 4; South Dade at Northwestern, 7; At Southridge: Miami High vs. South Miami, 6; Southridge vs. Norland, 7:30.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Sunset, 3:30

Mater Lakes at Keys Gate,3:30

Marathon at Westwood Christian, 4

Westminster Chr. at Miami Community, 4

SLAM at Greater Miami, 4:30

Archbishop Curley at Somerset Academy,5

Riviera Prep at Carrollton,5

Mater Academy at Miami Beach,5

Jackson at Mourning,5

Hollywood Chr. at Princeton Chr., 5:30

LaSalle at Florida Christian,6

Hialeah Educational at Archemedian, 6

Calvary Chr. at Miami Country Day, 7

St. Brendan at Doral Academy, 7:30

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Greater Miami at Doral Academy, 4:30

MAST at Miami Country Day, 5:30

Hollywood Chr. at Princeton Christian, 7

Calusa Prep at Brito, 7

Archemedian at Westwood Christian, 7

Southridge at Palmetto, 7:15

Westland Hialeah at Central, 7:30

Coral Gables at Southwest, 7:30

South Miami at Coral Park, 7:30

South Dade at Sunset, 7:30

North Miami Beach at Reagan, 7:30

Coral Reef at Varela, 7:30

Miami High at Norland, 7:30

Booker T. Washington at Hialeah Gardens, 7:30

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