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McArthur gets even, knocks off South Miami in regional final

It was a long wait for the McArthur boys basketball team.

Exactly 365 days after the Mustangs were eliminated by South Miami in the regional playoff, they finally got their revenge.

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McArthur, led by a trio of scorers, defeated the Cobras 66-52 in the Class 8A regional finals Saturday night.

McArthur will go on to face Wellington in a Class 8A state semifinals on Thursday at the Lakeland Center at 8:30. The Mustangs have not played the Wolverines this season.

With 11 points from Terrell Turner, Felix Rivera-Vega and Mike Cambridge, the Mustangs displayed a balanced attack throughout the game.

Turner, who drilled a pair of three-pointers in the final minute and 15 seconds of the game, gave McArthur a surge of energy after the Cobras were able to cut the lead to 54-51.

Sandro Noel scored nine points for the Mustangs, all of which came form the free throw line, including six in the fourth quarter.

A major turning point in the game came with under four minutes remaining, when two of South Miami's starters -- Latravian Glover and Ismael Davis -- fouled out within 42 seconds of each other.

Glover had been causing havoc in the paint for Mustang shooters up until that point.

South Miami's Ezacuras Dawson III had a game-high 20 points, after exploding for 11 points in the fourth quarter.

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The Mustangs had an 11-point lead mid-way through the third quarter when Rivera-Vega sank a three-pointer. It appeared like the Cobras were up against the ropes until, Dawson III responded with consecutive three's of his own.

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