Barrera Carries Miami Christian Past Broughton
At one point, Miami Christian was up 16 points in the second half. 11 straight points from Broughton closed the gap but the Capitals never got over the hump. The main reason was because of the play Miami Christian received from Jose Barrera.
The 5-10 (maybe 5-11) point guard scored 31 points, hit clutch shots and acted like the heart and soul of his team. All tournament long he's hit big 3s, created for himself and others and been an integral part of his team's success.
Here's Barrera's story in a nutshell.
He came to Miami Christian from Puerto Rico about two months prior to the start of the season. He has a brother who attends college in Wisconsin. Academically, Barrera is a 3.8 student. He has an SAT score close to 800 and is fully expected to receive a qualifying score as the language barrier could be holding him back a little.
Barrera says that no one is recruiting him. He's definitely a Division I player. Someone out there from a smaller conference needs a point guard and Barrera is worth the trip to Miami to watch. He's going to qualify; he can score and runs a team. The kid makes shots.
Broughton was paced by Shavlik Randolph who scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. His team was out of it early but they played hard and made Miami Christian earn it in the second half.