WARRIORS BASKETBALL NEWS
Signing day! Adrian Farradas signs his letter of intent to continue his basketball career and Pfeiffer University in NC.
Emmanuel Dowuona receives another offer! New Head Coach Mike Balado of Arkansas State offers BIg-E scholarship! They keep rolling in!
Emmanuel Dowuona receives an offer from the University of Tennessee
Emmanuel Dowuona and Team Breakdown Outlasts Team Charlotte - UAA
NEW YORK April 22, 2017 – Team Breakdown held on to a 79-76 win over Team Charlotte on Saturday night at UAA I in Manhattan.Team Breakdown was led with 25 points from Emmanuel Dowuona.
James Ametepe Nominated for Prep Hoops Dunk of the Week
James Ametepe Nominated for Prep Hoops Dunk of the Week -Vote Now!
Adrian Farradas selected to the Dade vs Broward ALL-STAR Basketball Classic
Congrats to our senior Adrian Farradas for being selected to the Dade vs Broward ALL-STAR Basketball Classic! Hard work paying off!
Emmanuel Dowuona Nominated for Prep Hoops Dunk of the Week
Emmanuel Dowuona Nominated for Prep Hoops Dunk of the Week -Vote Now!
Sebastian Guitian - January Player of the Month
Sebastian Guititan Player of the Month January 2017
Warriors vs. IMG
Our Warriors geared up for a challenging game versus IMG Grey Academy at home on a Saturday matinee game. Big E wasted little time in displaying his dominance, blocking back-to-back shots in the opening moments of the contest, his ability to "clog the paint" on full display.
Emmanuel got his offensive game going as well, converting on turn-around hooks in the paint mixed-in with a few slammers. Emmanuel paced the team with his all-around effort and continues to show flashes of brilliance with every game. His game-high 33-points, 13-rebounds, 6-blks were way too much for IMG Grey, as they had no match for his inside play.
Junior James Ametepe wasnt far behind, putting his hard-work on display with an array of moves through traffic. He nailed his mid-range jumpers and also "got on the boards" hard, totaling 16-points and 13-rebounds.
Senior Adrian Farradas maintained his season-long hot-streak, drilling jumper after jumper with relative ease. Adrian aka: "Puri" mixed in a variety of pull-ups from 15' along with 4 long-range bombs, ending the contest with 18-points. Puri has been a revelation for our Warrior team this season, adding a dimension to the ball club that was very needed. His ability to "make shots" and his desire to "take shots in the clutch" are a huge weapon for the team and a true blessing.
Final Score: Warriors 85 - IMG 65
Warriors vs. NW Christian
Playing back-to-back District games is no easy task regardless of opponent, and our Warriors found out that lesson the hard way. Overcoming a valiant effort from N.W. Christian was no easy task, as our Warriors fought off the charge and narrowly escaped with the win.
Seventh grader Jose Amat III was summoned from the bench in the fourth quarter of a tight ballgame, and he responded with a masterful job of running the offense. Jose dictated the pace and made no forced decisions, calmly finding the right man throughout the 4th.
Senior Adrian Farradas led the offensive way for our Warriors with a team-high 20-points while senior Matthew Mejias put in 20-points of his own. Matthew has had a wonderful season and career for our Warriors and will be greatly missed once his season finishes. Matt also chipped-in with 11-rebounds and took two gut-wrenching charges.
All those "little things" add up to winning plays for our Warriors. Sebastian Guitian also got into the action with his third straight double-double (12pts & 12rbs).
Final Score: Warriors 75 - NW Christian 65
Homecoming - Warriors vs. Pinecrest
Homecoming Night featured plenty of good times and cheers, as our Warriors raced-out to an insurmountable lead while cruising to the victory. Pinecrest was no match, although their coach has them playing with extreme passion and focus, as our Warriors made the right decisions all night long. Senior bothers Matthew and Mikey Mejias paced the team with some good old fashioned hustle and desire, forcing turnovers and converting them into easy buckets at the other end. Adrian dropped a team-high 19-points and 4 steals while draining 3 3's and combined with Emmanuel's performance down-low to dominate the opposition.
Emmanuel finished off the night with 14-points, 14-rebounds, and 8 blocked shots while senior Jose Rodriguez came off the bench to provide a huge spark for the team. Jose nailed several long-range daggers and ended the game with 13-points and plenty of aggressive plays. Our Warriors continue to mature and grow into a top-notch ballclub and one that is not only fun to watch but also fun to coach and develop.
Warriors vs. Atlantic Christian
As we traveled to West Palm Beach Fl for a match-up with Atlantic Christian, we knew playing back-to-back games against a tough opponent would not be easy. Our Warriors responded nicely to the challenge with a double-digit victory on the road.
Emmanuel manned the middle once again and kept the team at bay, clogging-up the paint and rejecting shots at will. Feeding him in the post was a premium in this game, as he scored around the basket and converted all his free throws, finishing with 16 points and 12 boards.
Senior Adrian Farradas continued his hot shooting streak, nailing 4 3-pointers to go along with 15-points and 3 steals. Junior Berlingo "Bigo" took the reins at the point and distributed the ball well, finding cutters and open shooters throughout. James also kept his "hot-streak" going, totaling 14-points and 9-rebounds while maintaining his usual aggressive approach on defense.
Final Score: Warriors 65 - Atlantic 55
Joey Jou Representing in Pennsylvania
Former Warrior Joey Jou slashes to the basket for Geneva College in Pennsylvania. Joey is a Freshman getting opportunities early on to show his skills.
Westwood vs. Coral Springs Christian
The interior play of our Warriors was in "dominant" form versus Coral Springs Christian Academy last night, as numerous players "went to work" in the paint.
As usual, "Big E" got the party started by controlling the paint and changing almost every attempt near the rim, while also swatting-away shots with ease. His 8 blocks paced our inside defense and led to the runaway victory.
James wasnt far behind, displaying some incredible "pins" on several attempted lay-ups, wreaking havoc on his counterpart. James showed more breath-taking plays while attacking the rim and converting on a number of 3-point plays. His 14-point /10-rebound / 4-block performance was fun to witness and gave everyone a taste of what the future holds for him.
Matthew Mejias came out on fire also, draining jumpers from long-distance and combining it with gritty play down low. He established position and used his newfound "muscle" to score with ease.
Twin brother (Mikey) however stole the show with a great stat-line of 8pts / 10stls / 11rbds / 7assts. Mikey brought his intensity and pressure style and helped turn-up the tempo and force several turnovers. His desire and hard work/energy are a big boost to our Warriors and will be greatly needed come playoffs.
Junior Sebastian Guitian continued his streak of solid play, totaling another double-double with 15-points and 12-rebounds.
Final Score: Warriors 71 - CSCA 59
Warriors Second Half of Season Momentum
Our Warriors came into the second half of the season "pumped-up" and fully charged to take on all opponents and it showed early on versus Schoolhouse prep. "Big E" continued his season-long onslaught on opposing big-men, slamming-down dunks and swatting-away shots with ease. His double-double of 15 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks carried our team through the contest.
The junior-forward combination of Sebastian Guitian and James Ametepe was also on full display, as they each took turns scoring with ease. James mixed in a few jumpers with hard-layups at the bucket while Sebass continued is outside prowess, nailing shots from the perimeter.
SLAM Holiday Invitational Tournament
Going against some of the top talent in South Florida was the plan all along for our Warriors, as we competed in another Holiday event with high expectations and lofty goals. Finishing with a respectable 2-1 record was something to be proud of, as we continued to gel and become more of a team with each contest.
Senior Adrian Farradas led the way offensively with a tournament average of 16.5ppg, putting his long-range game on display with a bevy of 3-pointers throughout the tourny while Emmanuel racked-up the boards and blocks at a rapid pace, averaging a staggering 12.6rpg and 7.5blks.
Getting quality effort from various players made the real difference this weekend, Sebastian Guitian put his scoring on display while teammate James Ametepe continued to slash to the rim and play a total game with his defensive effort and hustle. Bigo had his best offensive game with a 17-point outing while also consistently making the extra pass, leading to many easy buckets for teammates.
8th grader Jordan Shorter made the most of his time as well, putting his versatility on display with moves to the basket, good passes, smart decision-making and hard-nosed play. Our Warriors have steadily shown the dedication and discipline needed to become a complete team and are enjoying the process along the way.
Final Score: Warriors 86 - NW Christian 40
Final Score: Warriors 80 - South Dade 57
Adrian Farradas December Player of the Month
Our warrior program is proud to announce that Senior Adrian Farradas has been named the December Player of the Month. Adrian currently leads the team in scoring with 19ppg.
Under Armour Holiday Classic 2016
Our Warriors competed in the annual Under Armour Holiday Classic and came away with an impressive 2-1 record, with convincing victories over Westminster Christian and Chaminade.
Big Man Emmanuel Dowuona led the way defensively for us with several big games in the paint. Big E swatted away an average of 7 shots per game to go along with a rebounding average of 10.5. Big E continues to grow on the offensive end and put some of his hard work on display with a variety of dunks, put-backs, and easy finishes around the rim.
Offensively our squad was led by senior Adrian Farradas, who averaged 18ppg while shooting an impressive 55% from the feild. Adrian kept his hot-hand throughout the tournament, knocking-down a total of 12 3's.
Our Junior duo wasn't far behind, as James Ametepe remained aggressive with his drives to the basket while Sebastian Guitian kept his good shooting from the perimeter going as well. Jules Molina set the tone once again with his constant hustle and defensive pressure, forcing turnovers and pushing the pace offensively.
Berlingo also played to his potential this tournament, getting into the heart of the defense and creating for teammates. Our Warriors battled and earned respect once again for their efforts and determination and proved to be one of South Florida's top teams.
Final Score: Warriors 75 - Westminster Christian 65
Final Score: Warriors 80 - Chaminade 60
"Rip The Rims" Top Player Showcase: Jordan Shorter 6'3" Class of 2021 out of Westwood Christian!
Our 8th Grade phenom Jordan Shorter Displayed his Talents in a Recent Showcase.
Westwood Christian vs. SLAM
Our Warriors played host to SLAM Academy last night, and wasted little time in putting their dominance on display. Jules Molina got the ball rolling with his pressure defense and ball-hawking style. Jules forced a number of errant passes while also stripping his man a few times as well. Senior Adrian Farradas continued his hot-hand from the perimeter, totaling 20 points and 4 3's.
Jordan Shorter came in with another "stat-filler" game, finishing up with 10-points, 4-assists, 6-rebounds, and 2-steals. Jordan continues to develop and grow as a player as the season moves along, and has a high ceiling if he continues to work hard.
Eman showed flashed of greatness in this game as well, slamming-down several dunks and swatting away shots with ease.
Final Score: Warriors 70 - SLAM 54
Player of the Month: James Ametepe
Our Warrior Program is proud to announce that James Ametepe has been voted the Athlete of the Month. James (class of 2018) has been a revelation this season and his hard work has been on display since the opening game.
Westwood Christian vs. St. John Neumann
Our Warriors traveled across the State to play a game versus St. John Neumann in a "battle of bigs". Emmanuel got the party started with a few blocked-shots and timely rebounds while also holding his counterpart to under 10 points.
Having all the attention on the offensive end, opened-up the floor for our perimeter players to shine. Sebastian wasted little time in getting into the scoring column, nailing back-to-back mid-range shots in the first quarter. James wasnt far behind, as he pulled-up for several 15' jump shots while also attacking the rim when possible. Having to play with a depleted roster had little effect on our boys, as they rose to the occasion and cruised to the 20-point win.
Jordan Shorter knocked-down a deep three and coupled it with some nifty assists and all-around good play. Jules Molina continued his torrid defense effort, ripping away balls and causing several turnovers with his intense pressure attack.
Senior Adrian Farradas kept his hot-streak going, drilling 4 3-pointers to pace all scores with 20 points. Adrian's outside touch has been a revelation to our Young Warriors, as he has helped spread the floor and done an admirable job playing the guard spot for us.
Final Score: Warriors 69 - St. John Neumann 52
Jose Amat III Westwood Christian's Youngest Varsity Player
Westwood Christian School 7th grader Jose Amat III, 13, became the youngest player in the school's 50 year history to participate in a high school varsity game.
Westwood Christian vs. Island Christian
Facing a District opponent for the first time this season, Our Warriors raced-out to a huge lead and never looked back. 8th grader Jordan Shorter led the offensive onslaught with a game-high 24 points, 15-rebounds, 7-blocks, 5-steals and 4-assists, basically "taking-over" the game and playing masterfully throughout.
7th grader Jose Amat III got into the action as well, putting on a solid show of defense, passing, dribbling, and long-range shots. Jose finished the game with 13-points, 4-assists, and 3-steals. His ability to find the open man is a rarety nowadays and will be relied upon heavily in the future.
Senior Jose Rodriguez made his debut and showed his offensive abilities with 15-points, knocking-down a game-high 4 3's. Mikey Mejias came in and did all the things that make him a solid contributer to the team, playing his usual stingy defense, boxing-out at every chance while also chipping-in with 10-points as well.
Final Score: Warriors 93 - Island Christian 23
Westwood Christian vs. Florida Christian
Our Warriors had the opportunity of playing a game at the American Airlines Arena versus Florida Christian in a battle of unbeaten teams, and we wasted little time in showing our enthusiasm and excitement. Getting to play on the same floor as the NBAers was a big treat for our guys and a special day overall.
The game featured back-and-forth action and plenty of scoring early on. Florida Christian stuck to their perimeter shooting forcing our Warriors to buckle-down and really play smart defense. Our Warriors played their offensive game to perfection in the first half, pounding the ball inside on every try.
Emmanuel went to work early and often in the blocks and dominated the paint for our guys, finishing with a team-high 22-points, 16-rebounds, and 5-blocks. His presence and desire to attack the glass were a huge factor in this game.
James wasnt far behind, slashing to the rim and converting at the hoop with tremendous force and consistency. James is blossoming right before our eyes and is having a wonderful junior year. James finished the game with 21-points, 10-rebounds, and 4-steals but his biggest accomplishment of the night was shutting-down his opponent all game long. He literally "owned" his counterpart and basically took the game away from him.
Senior Matthew Mejias made valuable contributions in this one as well, using his strength and aggressiveness to help with the scoring (10-points) and brought his defensive and rebounding game with him as well. A total team effort and playing a smart game, helped fuel the fire for our Warriors and propelled them to the close victory.
Final Score: Warriors 70 - Florida Christian 67
Westwood Christian vs. Key West
Our boys took the 4-hour Saturday afternoon drive down to Key West High, missing a few key players yet ready for action nonetheless. It was obvious that the long drive had its affects early-on in this game, as we struggled from the opening tip. Getting in some early foul trouble limited the down-low play but luckily our Warriors swung the ball offensively and found our "hot-hand" often.
James was the recipient of many of those "swings" and the results were very positive. He put the ball on the floor and attacked the rim relentlessly, basically scoring on every possession. James would not be denied along that baseline, soaring through for numerous highlight-reel plays. His season-high 30-points to go along with 12 rebounds really propelled our Warriors in this one. Whenever we needed a big bucket, James was there to answer to call.
8th grader Jordan Shorter worked the glass hard and showed his versatility with his ball-handling and distributing play. Senior Adrian Farradas kept the defense at bay with his game-high 4 3-pointers and 19-points while also chipping-in with 3 steals.
Adrian continues to put on display his outside "touch" and has been a huge part of our early season success. The catalyst of the game however, belonged to Berlingo, as he methodically broke-down the opposing zone defense, slicing through the lane and creating easy opportunities for his teammates. His 8-points,10-assists, 2-steals, helped lift our Warriors to a second-half cushion and gave him the confidence needed to run the team convincingly.
Final Score: Warriors 72 - Key West 55
Westwood Christian vs. Ransom Everglades
Our Warriors dominating front-line was on full display versus Ransom High, as they shut-down anything close to the rim while limiting their opponent's to one shot at a basket
"Big E" showed why he is the best big-man in South Florida, totaling 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks. His ability to alter the flow of the game with his presence alone is a huge factor for our Warriors, and will be counted on heavily as the season progresses.
James continued his torrid start, attacking the rim with reckless abandon while gobbling-up offensive rebounds at will. His 3 straight double-doubles to begin the season (13pts,11rbs) have paced the team early on and have also propelled him in the ranks of the County's best.
The team's man-to-man defensive pressure was stifling right from the jump and proved to be more than Ransom could handle, forcing errant passes and miscues all game long. Our perimeter defensive effort continues to improve and is the reason behind a hot start of the year.
Final Score: Warriors 74 - Ransom 49
History Made at the Wood!
13-year old Jose Amat III (class of 2022) became the youngest player to particiapte in a Varsity game for the Warriors! Amat is currently in the 7th grade and plays for both the middle school and now varsity teams.
Westwood Christian vs. Grace Academy
Game 2 for our Young Warriors featured a variety of up-tempo plays and plenty of fast-break action. Senior Jules Molina brought his intensity and 3-point shot to this game, draining 4 3’s to go along with his game-high 5 steals
Point guard Berlingo Beautelus aka “bego” (class of 2018) dropped several “dimes” and ran the show for our Warriors while applying full-court pressure at every chance. James wasn’t far behind with another spectacular display of athleticism and sheer will.
James finished with a great stat line of 15-points, 10-rebounds, 3-blocks. He continues to be a bright spot for the team, stepping-up his defense and showing how hard he has trained throughout the summer.
Our bench was in full-display as well, with 8th grader Jordan Shorter leading all scores with 16-points and passing out 5 assists.
Senior Jonathan Espinosa put his shooting abilities on display as well, going 3 for 6 from “down-town” and chipping-in with 11 points. Even 7th grader Jose Amat III got into the action, running the offense and finding his teammates in the half court set.
Our Young Warriors took another step in the right direction with this contest, showing their trust and confidence in each other and putting in a solid defensive effort
Final Score: Warriors 64 - Grace Academy 20
Westwood Christian vs. Keys Gate Charter
Our Young Warriors finally had their opportunity to let out some steam and put all those hours of practice to good use versus Keys Gate High in the opening game of the season. They wasted little time in displaying a glimpse of what is to come this year, storming out to a big lead early on.
Jules Molina got the party started with his aggressive defensive effort, forcing turn-overs and collecting a team-high 4 steals. His hard-nosed approach carried on throughout the team, as backcourt teammate Adrian Farradas followed with 4 steals of his own.
Adrian’s perimeter game was on display as well, knocking-down several long-distance bombs while totalling a game-high 19-points
Sebastian Guitian also showed his offensive potential, slashing to the basket while also nailing 2 3’s from the top of the arch. Sebastian’s 14-points and 7-rebounds helped keep their opponents at bay throughout the first half while James Ametepe (14pts & 10 rbs)put the game away in the third quarter with an array of drives and strong finishes at the rim.
Our Young Warriors continued the onslaught in quarter #4 with a total team effort on the defensive side of the ball. Keeping their turnovers low and playing “team-basketball” propelled them to the easy victory.
Final Score: Westwood 86-Keys-Gate 58
Warrior's 2016-2017 Season Starts
The 2016-17 season is finally upon us, with much hype and anticipation for another run at a State Title. Returning a core of players will only help fuel the fire and the addition of some "new blood" will solidify the roster. Fresh faces such as seniors Adrian Farradas, Jonathan Espinosa, junior Berlingo Beautelus, and up-and-coming 8th grader Jordan Shorter will be relied upon heavily this year.
Their individual talents have been blending in with the "veterans" to form a solid unit. Returning to lead the team are guards Matthew Mejias and Jules Molina along with one of the most dominant front-lines in all of Florida, which includes James Ametepe, Sebastian Guitian, and highly recruited big-man Emmanuel Dowuona.
Emmanuel is coming off an impressive summer, picking up offers from Purdue, Rutgers, FGCU, UM, and many more. This group of young men have been sacrificing of their time and effort for the betterment of the team. Their desire for greatness and humble attitude will be greatly rewarded.
12-year head coach Matt Painter from the Big-10 Conference powerhouse Purdue University makes an offer to Emmanuel Dowuona here at Warrior Gymnasium.
Coach Jim Larranaga of University of Miami meets with Coach Amat and Emmanuel Dowuona
Coach Kevin Ollie of UConn meets with coach Amat and Emmanuel Dowuona
Legendary Coach Rick Pitino Visits Westwood Christian School to meet Emmanuel Dowuona
Dowouna and Westwood Seeking Statement Season
Emmanuel, the rising junior is being heavily recruited by UM, USC, UConn, UVA, Rutgers, FGCU, USF, UAB, and Purdue are among high-major programs that are showing interest. The 2018 prospect currently holds a 3.0 GPA and is set to take his standardized tests this school year. Expect coaches to be in gym watching Emmanuel Dowouna this upcoming season.
Alumni Warriors currently playing at the next level
|Eugene Joseph||State College of Florida||Sarasota, Fl.|
|Armand Shoon||ST. Thomas University||Miami, Fl. (Sun Conference)|
|Daniel Ramis||Montclair State||Montclair, NJ (New Jersey Athletic Conference)|
|Thiago Conceicao||Sage College||Albany, New York (Skyline Conference)|
|Joey Jou||Geneva College||Beaver Falls, PA (President’s Athletic Conference)|
|Sherer Desinoir||Johnson & Wales University of Charlotte||Charlotte, NC (Southern Athletic Conference)|
|Jack Nelson Joseph||Johnson & Wales University||North Miami, FL. (Sun Conference)|
|Bobby Thrush||University of Pittsburg at Bradford||Pittsburg, PA (Allegheny Mountain Conference)|
Emmanuel Dowuona - South Florida's Most Wanted Big Man
After an impressive summer of traveling and playing against the Nation’s best, Emmanuel comes home with a full-load of scholarship offers and vastly impoved. His tireless work ethic and humble approach have propelled him into one of the top big-men in the class of 2018.
Teams that are currently interested in “Eman” include: Louisville, KY, FGCU, Rutgers, Purdue, University of South Florida, UVA, USC, and hometown schools FIU and University of Miami. Eman continues to put his Lord and Savior first in all he does, on and off the court and will be truly blessed.