Posted: 8:21 pm Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Grandview Prep ended its six-year state-title drought with a championship in its seventh consecutive trip to the state basketball tournament. Here’s how the game broke down against Orlando Christian Prep.
Grandview Prep 51, Orlando Christian 40. The final quarter didn’t develop the way it could’ve. With Ivan Canete saddled with four fouls, surely OCP would make a charge. Didn’t happen. Canete fouled out with 4:10 to play, but Grandview just kept rolling, especially on defense. OCP only made four shots the entire second half. Grandview was 7 of 11 from the charity stripe, and outrebounded OCP 32-17. All that made the difference.
Grandview Prep 33, Orlando Christian Prep 29. Ivan Canete, who’s been an offensive menace all game for Grandview, picked up his fourth personal foul on a questionable push-off call. Then 6-9 teammate Windale Glinton, a critical defensive piece against OCP’s 6-6 center Brandon Miller. Grandview made a nice little run, but OCP finished the quarter strong. Eric Mance, with 12 points, will play a key role on offense for GP in the first four or five minutes of the final quarter, though GP coach Joe Dawson could hide Canete in his 2-3 zone to keep him from fouling out.
Grandview Prep 23, Orlando Christian Prep 21. Grandview’s pushing the pace and running a bit, but OCP caught up by the end of the half. A bad turnover on Grandview’s last possession led to an OCP layup at the buzzer, giving OCP momentum going into halftime. It’s Ivan Canete (GP) vs. Adonys Henriquez (OCP) right now. Canete is 5 of 10 from the field, with 11 points and six rebounds. Henriquez has 11 points, too, only on 4-for-7 shooting. This one will likely be a close one throughout. Both teams came to play.
Grandview Prep 15, Orlando Christian Prep 11. Ivan Canete and Eric Mance are off to a soaring start for Grandview, which looks more than ready for this hugely challenging state-title game. OCP is stock full of Division I talent, from Miami commit Adonys Henriquez, a 6-6 junior wing, to swing guard Dmitri Thompson. Canete already has seven points, and Mance has hit two 3-pointers.