In a rematch of the championship two years ago, Melbourne High used a big second half Sunday to defeat Holy Trinity and win the title in the FIT Billy Mims Summer Basketball Camp.
The Bulldogs came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed after winning eight games the first three days and lived up to the billing as they swept through the tournament, first defeating Martin County in the semifinals and then Holy Trinity in the final.
“We work all summer to be better and this tournament is the culmination of all that hard work,” Melbourne boys basketball coach Michael Soliven said.
Melbourne High was led by the trio of Jake Riffey, Noah Horkler and Logan Folsom. Riffey and Horkler were named to the All-Star Ten team while Folsom was named the varsity team camp Most Valuable Player.
Holy Trinity’s Josh Porteus and Cory Karlan of Edgewood were also named to the All-Star Ten.
In the junior varsity final, Rockledge took home the title in dramatic fashion. Tournament MVP T.J. Jordan beat the clock with a running shot from about half court as the Raiders stunned Christopher Columbus’ JV team.
Rockledge came back after being down by double digits at halftime to claim the title.
The win finished off a successful summer for Melbourne High, which also went 4-2 in the UCF camp and fared well in the Eastern Florida State College camp.
“I have learned a lot, I think they have as well,” Soliven said. “We are a work in progress. We hope that we are better in November than we are in July and better in March than we are in November.”
In all, 43 teams competed in more than 200 games in the four-day tournament run by the Florida Tech basketball team.