The Hoops Exchange Fall Festival kicked off tonight with a total of 12 games that were highly competitive and filled with talent.
Miami Palmetto 58, Winter Garden West Orange 45
It was a back and forth affair until Miami Palmetto put on a spurt in the last quarter to pull away. Palmetto’s one-two punch of 6’6 junior Josmel Martinez and 6’8 senior Noah Louis made quite an impact. For West Orange, 6’2 senior K.J. Simon was solid at both ends of the floor.
Clermont Lake Minneola over Hollywood Chaminade
Montverde Post-Grad over Fort Lauderdale
Montverde Academy 51, Tampa Bay Tech 34
Even without R.J. Barrett and Andrew Nembhard, Montverde looked like it has its deepest team in memory. 6’9 junior Makhi Mitchell was a force in the lane while recent Georgia Tech commit Mike Devoe handled the workload out on the perimeter. It wasn’t and easy win as it took a late run to seal the deal. Tampa Bay Tech is an experienced team and gave Montverde all they wanted early one. Tech’s tandem of 6’7 senior Tyrese Williams and 5’9 senior Tyrick Brascom were stellar in their play.
Oakridge over North Florida Educational Institute
Kissimmee Osceola over Gainesville The Rock School
Fort Lauderdale 54, Hollywood Chaminade 47
Both teams took turns leading the contest but Fort Lauderdale grabbed the lead mid-way thru the final period to come away with a win. Juniors Antonio Day (6’1) and Damone Warren, Jr. (6’8) were a solid inside-outside pairing while 6’4 freshman Jordan Shorter showed flashes that make him one to watch. Chaminade has some young guys with potential as well. 6’6 junior Toumani Camara, 6’7 sophomore Andre Weir, and 6’1 freshman Thaddeus Franklin each played well in spurts.
Montverde Post-Grad over Clermont Lake Minneola
Deerfield Beach over NTSI
Gainesville The Rock School 47, Winter Garden West Orange 40
Early on it looked like The Rock would blow out West Orange behind the play of 6’3 senior Antrell Charlton and 6’0 junior Bryan Greenlee. However, West Orange came storming back and got the margin into single digits before running out of time. Simon again played well for West Orange and 6’3 junior Jamarcus Clarke made some big threes during the Warriors’ run.
Miami Palmetto 38, Kissimmee Osceola 35
Orlando Oakridge 55, Tampa Bay Tech 37