The Victors of Miami Christian gave meaning to their alma mater’s name winning handily against Agape out of Orlando.
Miami Christian used a 34-4 run to drain the life out of their opponent after being down by 25-18 early on in the game.
Agape battled hard attacking the rim to start the game and they did a good job slowing down Miami Christian–who likes to play uptempo. The Victors had a tough time scoring around the rim, while Agape was fearless in their pursuit of the rim.
Despite the slow start, Miami Christian started their huge run late in the second quarter that spanned to the begnning of the fouth quarter and ended any chances of Agape getting their first state title.
Miami Christian had a 31-25 halftime lead. They were able to force Agape in to 13 first half turnovers and used those turnovers to create offense and speed up the tempo of the game to their favor.
The Victors were led by their stellar backcourt of seniors Marquill Smith and Isaiah Reece who had already combined for 26 of Miami Christian’s 51 points by the end of the third quarter.
Junior Ralph Diaz played active on both ends and will be a welcomed returning player for the Victors next season. He finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and a steal.
Agape was led in scoring by senior guard Andre Bennett and junior forward Demauri Hill who combined for 24 points. The team as a whole shot a dismal 29 percent from the FG, 23 percent from the perimeter, and just 35 percent from the foul line while having 24 turnovers.
Agape’s leading scorer and rebounder, sophomore Darrion Flucker, who averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds coming in to the game finished with zero points and eight rebounds.
While Miami Christian didn’t shoot well, the fact that they were able to force turnovers and control the pace of the game allowed for them to win this year’s 2A State Title 71-44.
Isaiah Reece led all scores with 18 points and Marquill Smith added 17.