North Miami used its height advantage to defeat Southwest, 76-74, in the semifinals of the Falcon Holiday Classic at Ferguson. The Pioneers, whose starters stand 6'0", 6'2", 6'3", 6'4" and 6'5", led 24-22 after the first quarter despite 12 points from Joshua Fernandez. The Eagles (7-3) took a 39-36 halftime lead thanks, in part, to a pair of three-pointers from Josnel Aloma. Southwest widened its lead to 11 points midway through the third period after a lightning-fast sequence that saw Carlos Taveras dunk the ball, then hit a quick three after Southwest stole the inbounds pass. North Miami (12-2) rallied to within two points entering the final quarter. The Pioneers led by five when Fernandez hit his sixth three-pointer at the buzzer. The Eagles were 0-for-4 from the free throw line in the fourth period. Fernandez finished with 26 points, while Taveras had another double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Sebastian Ching had seven assists. Southwest will play Miami Springs for third place Wednesday at 4:30pm.
The scoring:
Joshua Fernandez 26
Carlos Taveras 22
Josnel Aloma 13
Ray Perez 7
Jaycee Ruiz 4
Sebastian Ching 2


Carlos Taveras had another double-double