BY ANDREAS BUTLER
The boys basketball team at Father Lopez won their own New Year’s Showdown tournament last week.
“In any tournament, you want to stay sharp and play good competition. The plan is for it to benefit you down the road,” stated Eddie Miller, Father Lopez’s coach.
Class 2A Lopez dominated Class 8A Southwest Miami 61-42 to win the tournament final.
“Our pressure defense was great. We moved well despite being in a funk offensively.
We held a good team to 42 points. You cannot be disappointed in that,” said Miller.
Fueled by a 12-0 run, the Green Wave pushed its lead out to 25-16 early in the second quarter.
The Eagles got within 25-23 at halftime but Lopez pulled away in the second half, gaining several double-digit leads despite the Miami team getting within eight points in the third quarter.
Cameron Breehl had 22 points and A.J. Ford added 16 for the Green Wave.
Josel Aloma had 11 points and Daniel Bornemann 10 for the Eagles.
A day earlier, Lopez took down Deltona Trinity Christian Academy 78-52.
Mason San Sousei led the Green Wave with 14 points while Malik Maitland added 12 and Ben Marello 10.
Calvary clips Trinity
During the tournament, Calvary Christian Academy beat Trinity Christian 66-62.
Zach Camporese had 36 points for the Calvary Lions while teammates Marquis Miller added 11 and Christian O’Riley 10.
Benniah Kimming paced the Trinity Eagles with 16 points while J.J. Castro added 12 and Tyler Lawrence 13.
Calvary also lost to Southwest Miami 71-33 in the tournament.
Good season so far
The Green Wave has been Volusia County’s best program so far this season.
“We have kids who are tough and play hard all the time. Our guard play and inside play have been solid. Our chemistry is great; we are unselfish and hard-nosed,” responded Miller.
Lopez has been sparked by the backcourt tandem of Ford and Maitland.
“A.J. is a great competitor. He can score and rebound. He does everything. Malik can beat you a lot of ways. He can score and he can pass the ball. Defensively, he has a nose for the ball,” commented Miller.
Breehl also has been outstanding on the inside for the Wave while Marello has shown some ability.
“Cameron has really stepped up and done everything we can ask. Ben has become our four-man and has really progressed,” added Miller.
The Green Wave is hoping that things come together so the team can make a deep playoff run and get a shot at a state title.
“A lot of things have to go our way. We have to catch breaks, rebound and defend.
Hopefully that happens and we can make a run,” expressed Miller.
Prep Sports Seven basketball rankings
Girls: 1. Father Lopez (15-3), 2. Atlantic (9-6), 3. DeLand (14-2), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (12-4), 5. Seabreeze (8-5), 6. Trinity (11-4), 7. Warner (6-4).
Boys: 1. Father Lopez (13-2), 2. DeLand (10-4), 3. New Smyrna (14-3), 4. Mainland (7-5), 5. Spruce Creek (6-5), 6. Halifax (8-3), 7. Calvary (10-4).
Note: The rankings are as of Jan. 7 at noon.