Once headlined by players such as Luguentz Dort and Nathaniel Jack, the return of Calusa Preparatory is bound to be a great one.
‘We’re back,” their Instagram said Saturday.
The Colts competed in the DME SIAA XOver Showcase, taking on The Rock Friday and DME Sports Academy Saturday.
Game one didn’t feature the outcome that was expected, falling to The Rock 85-61, as senior guard Kyle Duke’s 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists were too much to deal with. Still, Calusa had no quit in them, starting with former South Miami guard Arturo Dean, who recorded a game-high 33-points, along with six assists and four steals.
Senior Jaylin Bain added 11 points, four assists and three steals.
The group remained well-prepared for a showdown against DME, notching their first official victory in the SIAA conference. Per the usual, Dean led with 28 points, five assists and five steals. Bain included 15 points, five assists and four steals.
Senior Tyric Francois made an all-around impact, totaling 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
“We had some great moments and we’re excited to continue to grow as a unit,” head coach Anthony Concepcion said. “The games had a college feel as it’s two 18 minute halves with a shot clock. Our future is bright but we have a lot of work to do as we’re building a program.”
As the road ahead will feature competitions against top-notch programs, the Colts believe that experience will help them through that journey. In addition, it’s preparing them for the collegiate level.
“As a former FHSAA player at Miami High, I can tell you the SIAA is what high school basketball players want to compete in,” Concepcion said. “There are so many high-level basketball players and teams, making it a great platform for players to get exposure and increase their recruitment.”
Next up, they’ll take on Westlake Preparatory Tuesday at 1 p.m. The contest will be held at DS Sports Plex.