Following a remarkable Regional quarter-final, featuring several games that went down to the wire, the semi-finals are set to begin February 25th with 14 games being played.
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Mater Academy (24-4) vs South Miami (22-5)
For the fourth time this season, Malik Reneau and Mater Academy will face off in a win or go home game against Arturo Dean and South Miami.
Mater has won 2 of the 3 matchups, the recent one being an 85-62 win to claim the 6A District 16 District Championship.
Reneau and Mater have been the team to look out for as of late as they hold a 13 game winning streak. Mater defeated Doral Academy 58-41 to advance into the Regional semi-finals.
South Miami is coming off a controlling victory against McArthur, 70-48. Dean and South Miami are also on a good winning streak, having won 7 of their last 8 games.
The factor of the game will be controlling Sophmore Malik Reneau who gave them 40 points in the previous matchup. South Miami will also need their perimeter shooting to be at its best, especially Junior Chris Pujals.
Whichever team captures the victory will face the winner of Dillard vs Martin County in the Class 6A Regional Finals.
Gulliver Prep (22-6) vs Pine Crest (20-6)
Coming off an overtime thriller after having to come back down 16 at the half, Gabe Taylor and Gulliver Prep are set to take on Brence Platner and Pine Crest in their second meeting of the season.
Pine Crest took the first one at home after taking a 34-19 lead at the half, winning 65-78. Tuesday’s meeting will be at Gulliver’s house, being a huge change of scenery for Pine Crest as their opponents are 14-0 at home.
The winner of this game will likely result in who comes out hot in the beginning of the game. Gulliver outscored Pine Crest 46-44 in the second half, not enough to erase the 15 point deficit they had at the half.
Pine Crest is coming off a 70-54 victory against North Broward, a squad that Gulliver split the season series at 1-1.
Whichever team takes the victory will move onto the Class 4A Regional Finals against the winner of University School vs Stranahan.
Riviera Prep (23-8) vs Westminster Christian (19-8)
Sadly, one of Miami-Dade’s top teams will have their season over in what is a thriller between Esteban Luberes of Riviera Prep against Frankie Idlett and Westminster Christian.
Riviera Prep is coming off a scary 78-75 victory against Divine Savior Academy to advance into the semi-finals.
Westminster Christian, on the other hand, were looking unstoppable, blowing out Ransom Everglades, 74-38.
Both squads are loaded with guards in Luberes and David-Perez for Riviera and Idlett and Jayden Higgins for Westminster.
The x-factor to Tuesday nights game will be the big-man matchup between Riviera’s 6’7 Freshman Osmar Garcia Araujo and Westminster’s 6’8 Junior James Henderson Jr.
This will be the first matchup between both teams this season.
The winner will move onto the Class 3A Finals against the victor of Chaminade-Madona vs Miami Country Day.
Miami High (14-9) vs Western (17-7)
Justin Neely and Miami High look to continue their hot streak as they take on Matthew Robinson Jr. and Western.
Currently on a 6 game win streak, Neely and the Stingarees have begun to look like a high potential squad to make a run into states.
Western defeated Columbus last Tuesday, 65-51, a squad which Miami High defeated to take the 7A District 15 Championship.
Robinson Jr. and Western are currently on a 3 game win streak and have won 10 of their last 12.
Whichever team takes the victory will move onto the Class 7A Regional Finals against the winner of Miramar vs Coral Gables.
Stranahan (20-9) vs University School (19-6)
University School and Stranahan are set to meet for the third time this season in the Reginal Semi-Finals.
Jett Howard and U School took both meetings this season, winning the first one by a score of 55-66 and the second, 72-62.
Roger Mcfarlane leads University in scoring with 16.7 points. Inady Legiste leads Stranahan with 12.8 points per game.
The winner of this game will face the victor of Gulliver vs Pine Crest in the Class 4A Regional Semi-Finals.
Miramar (20-6) vs Coral Gables (18-5)
For the first time this season, Brent Davis and Miramar will take on Jimel Lane and Coral Gables in a Semi-Final matchup.
Following a heartbreaking loss to Miami High in the district semi’s, Coral Gables bounced back, defeating Braddock 78-68.
Miramar swept right by their opponents to take the 7A District 14 Championship. After defeating Dr. Krop 72-54, they advanced to the semi’s to face Gables.
The winner of this game will face the victor of Miami High vs Western in the Class 7A Regional Finals.
Chaminade-Madonna (20-8) vs Miami Country Day (14-12)
Following a successful district championship run and regional quarterfinal win, Chaminade-Madonna takes on Miami Coutnry Day.
Johnny O’Neil leads Chaminade in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game. Jordan Cooke leads Country Day with 21.6 points a night.
Both teams have yet to face off yet in what will be a great semi-final matchup.
The winner of this game will take on the victor of Riviera Prep vs Westminster Christian in the Class 3A Regional Finals.