BOYS BASKETBALL

No. 1 Florida Air too much for 'Cats


Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 12:35 a.m.

You couldn't blame the Buchholz basketball team if it came out slightly in awe or intimidated by its opponent - Melbourne Florida Air Academy in the nightcap of Friday's Bobcat Shootout triple-header.

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Buchholz's Kyle Moore passes around Florida Air Academy's Carlos Chevres late in the Bobcat Shootout on Friday.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun

Facts

Bobcat Shootout

Friday's results

  • Florida Air 72, Buchholz 54

  • Eastside 53, Miami Booker T. Washington 35

  • Homestead South Dade 63, Seminole 61

    Today's schedule

  • Williston vs Santa Fe, 10:30 a.m.

  • Eustis vs. Miami Booker T. Washington, 12:15 p.m.

  • P.K. Yonge vs Clearwater Countryside, 2 p.m. 5A

  • Buchholz vs Homestead South Dade, 3:45 p.m. 6A

  • Gainesville vs Winter Garden West Orange, 5:30 p.m. 6A

  • Hawthorne vs Orlando Dr. Phillips, 7:15 p.m.

  • Eastside vs Dade City Pasco, 9 p.m.

  • The Falcons came to Gainesville as the top-ranked team in Class 3A and the defending 2A state champs. In addition, Florida Air, which also won the 3A crown in 1998 and 2001, features 6-foot-11 Kansas signee Sasha Kaun and sharp-shooting junior guard Walter Hodge, who has been averaging about 30 points a contest.

    But it was hard to tell if the Bobcats knew of their visitors' resume.

    Buchholz took it right to Florida Air and trailed by just two points at halftime, before an 8-0 third-quarter run and a total of 25 free throws by the Falcons proved too much.

    Led by Hodge's game-high 30 points, Florida Air came away with the 72-54 victory. Carlos Chevres followed with 23 points and 11 free throws for the Falcons (13-4).

    "We just couldn't convert some shots in the third quarter and we got tired and they don't miss free throws (Florida Air was 25-for-33)," said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski. "Hodge was unbelievable."

    Joe Calabrese scored 13 points and ripped down 14 rebounds, while Chris Washington dumped in 14 points and grabbed 8 boards for the Bobcats (9-7). They actually out-rebounded Florida Air 34-25, but also took 18 less trips and made 17 less shots at the foul line.

    Buchholz trailed 43-38 with 4:50 left in the third quarter, before Hodge's five straight points fueled the 8-0 spurt that gave the Falcons a 51-38 lead. The 6-foot guard ended with 9 points in the quarter. The Bobcats did pull to 63-52 with 1:33 to go, before Florida Air nailed 9-of-10 from the foul line the rest of the way.

    "I knew what we were getting ourselves into and they gave us a tough game," Florida Air coach Aubin Goporo said.

  • EASTSIDE 53, MIAMI BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 35: Despite suffering a tough district loss to Belleview earlier in the week, Eastside responded with an 18-point victory over Booker T. Washington in the opening game of the Bobcat Shootout.

    Corey Mikel led the Rams with a game-high 15 points. Tim Shankle followed with 11 points and three assists.

    "We struggled at first and I think the last couple of weeks we hadn't been playing great and this wasn't a great game," said Eastside coach Pop Williams. "This was probably the best game that we really needed for a confidence builder."

    The Rams (12-4) led just 14-12 after the first eight minutes, before Mikel netted seven points in he second quarter to help give his team a 32-21 advantage at the break. Eastside led by 12 points after the third quarter and held the Tornadoes (8-4) to just three points in the final frame. Joseph Jackson's 11 points led Booker T. Washington, which made the lengthy journey from South Florida earlier in the day.

  • HOMESTEAD SOUTH DADE 63, SEMINOLE 61: Jamari Maduro's 16 points led South Dade past Seminole in the second game of the Bobcat Shootout.

    The Buccaneers (7-6), coached by former Eastside assistant John Herron escaped with the narrow win as the War Hawks (10-6) missed a chance at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

    David Crouch poured in 24 points, while A.J. Comi chipped in 14 for Seminole, which is guided by Bill Barnett, former head coach at Columbia.

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