Vero Beach Boys Win Holiday Hoopla

January 6, 2018
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Vero Beach High School’s boys basketball team will take a full head of steam into 2018.

Javian Cuff and Riley Minix combined for 43 points Saturday as the Fighting Indians defeated Tampa Bay Tech 74-64 in the championship game of the Vero Beach Holiday Hoopla at the John B. Witt Gym.

Cuff finished with 22 points and six rebounds while Minix had a career-high 21 points and six rebounds for Vero Beach (6-4), which completed a 3-0 run through the tournament.

Tommie Lewis, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

David Cexil scored a game-high 23 points for Tampa Bay Tech (8-3), which finished with nine 3-point goals. Ashtin Dore added 14 points and Tyric Brascombe scored 12 points.

Southwest Miami defeated Daniel Boone (Tennessee) 55-49 in the third-place final, Orlando-Evans defeated Heritage 62-61 in triple overtime for fifth place and Sebastian River defeated Cocoa 42-38 for seventh place.

The all-tournament team included Cuff and Lewis from Vero Beach, Cexil and Brascom from Tampa Bay Tech, Christopher Murray from Southwest Miami and Jared Lawson from Daniel Boone.

Sebastian River 42, Cocoa 38: Corbin Gibson had 20 points and seven rebounds to help the Sharks (4-7) finish seventh in the Holiday Hoopla.

Sebastian River plays Fort Pierce Westwood on Thursday in the New Year’s Shootout at John Carroll Catholic.

Vero Beach 77, Daniel Boone (Tennessee) 53 (Friday): Tommie Lewis had a game-high 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots as the Fighting Indians steamed to the Holiday Hoopla final.

Alan Glanville added nine points, six rebounds and four assists for Vero Beach (5-4). Demarcus Harris had eight points and four rebounds.

Chad Heglar scored 18 points, Jared Lawson 12 and Eric Rigsby 10 for Daniel Boone (7-5).

Evans (Orlando) 42, Sebastian River 41 (Friday): The Sharks (3-8) fell to 0-2 in the tournament.

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