SOUTHWEST MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL EAGLES BASKETBALL
CHRIS MURRAY NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-DADE
Chris Murray has been named first team All-Dade by the Miami Herald. Murray, a senior who will be playing for Embry-Riddle next year, averaged 14 points per game for the Eagles. Senior guard Albert Hernandez, who will play for Miami-Dade College next year, was named Honorable Mention All-Dade.
2017-18: A SEASON TO CELEBRATE
Although the season ended two wins short of the state's final four, it was certainly a year to celebrate. The 2017-18 Eagles finished 16-10, becoming the only group of players to record three consecutive winning seasons in school history. The 16 wins were the sixth highest total in 61 years of varsity basketball. They were one of the last three class 9A Miami-Dade schools still alive in the state tournament, along with North Miami and South Miami. Among the many highlights:
•The regional victory over Southridge was Southwest's first win in the state playoffs since 1959
•High-flying Chris Murray obliterating the school record for dunks with 13
•Albert Hernandez breaking his own record for most three-pointers in a game with 11 as he scored 40 points against Naples St. John Neumann
•Defeating Coral Gables, 61-48, to advance to the district championship game. It was the first win over the Cavaliers in nine years, breaking a 12-game losing streak.
•The five-game winning streak culminating with the win over neighborhood rival Columbus
•Murray, who will be playing for Embry-Riddle next season, developing into one of the best big men in the county. He had seven double-doubles and was one rebound short three other times. In the last six regular season games, he had double-doubles in five of them. He averaged 14 points per game.
Southwest's junior varsity had another good season under head coach Julian Rivas. The Baby Eagles finished 12-9 despite losing freshman Joel Aloma to the varsity early in the season.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PLAYERS AND COACHES FOR THEIR MANY MEMORABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS SEASON!
Front row (left to right): Albert Hernandez, Adrian Piñiero, Justin Pratt, Eddie Ramirez and Enmanuel Carbonell.
Back row (left to right): head coach Roberto Fatjo, assistant coach Julian Rivas, Michael Almeida, Jean Grullon, Ian Castellanos, Chris Murray, Sebastian Garcia, Joel Aloma, Kevin Rodriguez, assistant coach Josel Aloma, assistant coach Nick Ronda and graduate assistant Gino Macias.
DISTRICT 15-9A STANDINGS:
Team W-L South Miami 12-0 Coral Gables 10-2 SOUTHWEST 7-5 Columbus 6-6 Braddock
Ferguson 2-10 Coral Park 1-11
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