The San Carlos Braves overcame a slow start on the road at Miami before a huge second half propelled them to a 73-55 win, spoiling Miami coach Ken Vargas’ last home game.
Vargas was honored prior to the tipoff of the game.
The first quarter started with both teams scoring and matching their opponent’s baskets.
John Mull gave San Carlos a 7-4 lead with a three-pointer, but the Vandals quickly responded with their own trey.
After a transition layup by Runyon Kinney Jr. the Vandals responded with an 8-0 run. The run started with a three-pointer from Eric Troglia. The Braves ended their drought with a basket by Leshawn Browning with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
After an Aidan Guthrey basket, San Carlos’ Browning made two free throws while being fouled just before the end of the quarter. San Carlos trailed 18-13.
The second quarter started in the Vandals’ favor as they opened up a 27-17 lead midway through the quarter. Mull then put the Braves on his back and led them on a 10-3 run fueled by his 10 points. With 1:08 left in the opening half, he missed on a drive but Keyon Martin was there for a putback to close the gap to 30-29. Another Martin putback gave the Braves a 31-30 lead. A steal from Chance Nosie led to his two free throws, and Browning’s basket at the buzzer gave San Carlos a 35-30 halftime lead.
The Braves pulled away in the second half and improved to 11-12 on the season and 4-4 in region play.
San Carlos closes out the regular season with a road game against Leading Edge Academy, who edged the Braves in overtime earlier this season.