On Wednesday, March 5 the Miami Dade College Men’s Basketball team was all set to play St. Petersburg College in the 2014 FCSAA State Tournament in Ocala, FL. The Shark’s haven’t qualified for the state tournament since they were crowned Southern Conference Champions in 2009 and they have not won a game in the tournament since 2005. During the season, the Sharks have played the St. Petersburg Titans twice and have defeated them both times. This game weighed a little heavier, as this time the team was playing to advance to the semi-final round and in hopes of getting a bid to the NJCAA national tournament in Kansas.
Since the Sharks have not won a game since 2005 and the team came in with high hopes of putting the program back on the map. But their hopes of setting things straight fell short as they closed the season and fell to St. Petersburg College in a close point for point game.
The Sharks were defeated by the Titans 70-74. Sophomore guard Darius Perkins scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while sophomore point guard Michael Calder finished with 15 points, and 7 rebounds. However, it was not enough to help the Sharks advance to the next round.
Though the Sharks did not make it past the first round of the tournament, they did have a few student-athletes make the All-Southern Conference Teams and FCSAA/NJCAA All-State/Al-Region team. Darius Perkins (18.8 ppg), Michael Calder (11.9 ppg) and sophomore Tre Boutilier (10 ppg, 8.9 rpg) all made the All-Southern Conference First Team while sophomore Johnson Decembre and freshman Jaylin Gilbert received All-Southern Conference Honorable Mention.