Every year the Martin Luther King Classic invites some of the best teams in South Florida to participate. This year, with its gaudy 10-3 record, Southwest was invited for the first time. The opponent: three-time state champion Dwyer High School from Palm Beach Gardens, the alma mater of former NBA player Alonzo Gee. Under normal circumstances, this would be a tough game to win. But when star player Carlos Taveras was scratched just before game-time due to an injury, and starter Josnel Aloma goes down with an injury in the first half, tough became impossible. The Eagles, who trailed only 17-14 three minutes into the second quarter, lost 67-31 at Monsignor Pace High. Down 33-22 at halftime, the wheels came off in the third quarter when Southwest didn't score until Josh Fernandez' three-pointer with 22 seconds on the clock. The Eagles only points in the fourth quarter came on five free throws. The final 3:20 of the game was played with a running clock. Fernandez led Southwest with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Sebastian Ching had 3 assists. The Panthers are now 13-2. The scoring:
Josh Fernandez 13
Ray Perez 7
Collin Bethel 4
Josnel Aloma 3
Jaycee Ruiz 2
Sean Perez 2



Josh Fernandez scored 13 points for Southwest