Broncos blow past Buccaneers

Homestead edged South Dade by a point in their first meeting back in December.

The second game went much different.

Alejandro Caula scored 10 points and dished out seven assists to pace a balanced attack for Homestead in a 56-18 win over South Dade.

“We played team basketball, moved the ball very well, got shots, got them out of the zone, and made simple stuff,” Caula said.

Grevaughn Goodman also had 10 points, Shaun Guilbaud had nine, Terrill Cobbs chipped in eight, and Midash Benoit added eight as nine different Broncos scored.

“The ball movement was good,” Caula said. “We got it down to the bigs and got it out to the shooters. We got everybody involved.”

Homestead (12-5) jumped on South Dade (3-14) early holding the Buccaneers without a basket until 3:13 left in the second quarter with the Broncos building a 20-1 lead.

“They wanted to win,” Homestead head coach Connie Moore said. “They finally wanted to win and they wanted to listen.”

South Dade missed its first 11 shots and committed 13 turnovers during that span.

“We didn’t compete,” South Dade head coach Rick Garciga said. “Very simple. We just didn’t compete and we kind of lost our heart. We’ve got a bunch of inexperienced young guys and this the first time they’ve ever been on a basketball floor. Our inexperience has been killing us all year and now at this point of the year they’ve taken some losses and I think they’re at the breaking point.”

With the Buccaneers reeling, the Broncos were rolling behind three 3-pointers by Guilbaud in the first half.

Cobbs brought the nearly all of the 600 fans in attendance to their feet when he flushed a two-handed dunk on a pass from Caula late in the second quarter.

Cobbs then stole the ball on the next possession and went in for another dunk with the crowd still buzzing from his first one. It did not matter traveling was called negating the basket, the rout was on.

“That was big momentum for us,” Caula said.

Homestead led 25-6 at halftime and cruised to a big win holding South Dade to 21.4-percent shooting (6 for 28) for the game and forcing 27 turnovers.

“We have a dog mindset on defense,” Caula said. “We play hard every game. That’s what we’re known for—our defense and we hustle a lot.”

There was a breaking point for South Dade senior guard Darius Walton, who earned All-Tournament honors earlier this month. Walton was held scoreless when he left the gym after the third quarter after a disagreement with Garciga.

“I have a rule that we don’t get into arguments with other teams,” Garciga said. “You sit the game. I don’t care what the other coach does. My rule is you sit. We’ve got rules. If we don’t teach these kids rules now, when they get out in the real word, guess what, they’re going to be problematic kids.”

Garciga said Walton is no longer on the team.

“He’s done,” Garciga said.

Matt Regalado led South Dade with 10 points.