Going into Tuesday night's game at South Miami, no Miami-Dade team had beaten the Cobras this season. South Miami sported a record of 16-3 with the three losses coming to South Carolina's Conway High, Maryland's Bullis High and Florida Prep from Melbourne. Were it not for the referee, Southwest would have been the first local team to down the Cobras. The high school rule book requires each team to have their starters designated in the official scorebook ten minutes prior to the start of the game. South Miami did not. The official confirmed this but failed to assess the technical foul required by the rules. The Cobras also changed the numbers of four of their players four minutes prior to tipoff. That is a second technical foul, but again the clueless referee did not assess it. That cost the Eagles four free throws that would have been the difference in a game South Miami and the referee won by a score of 56-55. Additionally, the officiating crew had the Cobras on the foul line more than twice as often as the Eagles. Southwest, which trailed by 11 at the half, pulled to within two points with 1:25 remaining in the third period and tied the score at 50-50 with 4:50 remaining on a layup by Chris Murray. The Cobras went on a 6-0 run over the next four minutes until Justin Pratt cut the margin to three on a three-pointer with 42 seconds left. An offensive foul gave the ball back to the Eagles and Murray hit another layup to make it 56-55 with 29 seconds on the clock. Southwest (12-7, 6-5) fouled to stop the clock and South Miami missed the front end of a one-and-one giving the Eagles the ball back with 21 seconds to go. An off-balance jumper at the buzzer missed the mark and the Cobras and the referee left happy. The scoring:
Chris Murray 23
Justin Pratt 13
Eddie Ramirez 6
Albert Hernandez 5
Joel Aloma 3
Kevin Rodriguez 3
Enmanuel Carbonell 2


Chris Murray had yet another double-double