3A: Windermere Defeats Archbishop Carroll
Parker Davis scored 25 points and junior guard David Nickelberry flirted with a triple-double Tuesday night, leading Windermere Prep to an 80-61 victory over Miami Archbishop Carroll in a Class 3A semifinal.
The Lakers will play Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy in Thursday’s championship game at 5:05 p.m.
Windermere (23-5) took advantage of a big edge in size, scoring on 16 layups or offensive rebounds in the first half, shooting 68 percent for the game and dominating the boards, 40-22.
Parker, the 6-foot-1 senior guard, made 11 of 12 shots and added seven rebounds. Nickelberry, a 6-7 junior, finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Windermere took only six 3-point shots all night against an Archbishop Carroll team that didn’t have a player over 6-3.
“We emphasized (in practice) that with our size and our length, the way they press, if we can beat their initial pressure and press, I think we can attack the basket all night,” said Windermere coach Ben Wilson. “I think they really bought into that, and Parker and David really set the tone with that.”
Christian Silva led Archbishop Carroll (26-5) with 17 points. Luis Fred added 13 points and Gus Deribeaux had 11.
Xion Golding had 15 points and seven rebounds for Windermere, including the Lakers’ only 3-pointers of the game.
Windermere took a seven-point lead with 82 percent shooting (9-for-11) in the first quarter, then blew the game open by scoring the first nine points of the second quarter. When Davis made two free throws and a layup and Mitchell Seigel nailed a transition jumper just before halftime, the Warriors led 44-21.
It was the closest of six postseason games for Windermere Prep, which won its district and regional games by an average margin of 39 points.