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American Airlines Arena Game Canceled

The American Airlines/ Miami Heat Arena the CSHS team will play at.

The American Airlines/ Miami Heat Arena the CSHS team will play at.



The American Airlines/ Miami Heat Arena the CSHS team will play at.

Tanaris Walker and Jason Polanco, Staff Writers

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The Coral Shores High School (CSHS) boys basketball team was set to take on Marathon preceding the Miami Heat game at the American Airlines Arena on Monday, Feb. 5, but the game has been cancelled.

This would have been the first time the boys have played at the arena, but the second time this season that they have played Marathon. The boys lost to Marathon the first time around but have no doubt that they will be ready this time.

“The boys are confident and ready to get another chance to play Marathon,” varsity coach Jared Mendozzi said.

Though the team was excited to play on the Heat’s home court, the team is more excited to play Marathon again.

“I was looking forward to playing in the arena, but I’m more focused on winning this game because we lost the first time around,” senior point guard Elijah Woods said.

Point Guard Elijah Woods looks to pass the ball.

This isn’t the first time two Monroe County basketball teams have played in the Miami Heat Arena.

Last year Key West High School (KWHS) and Marathon High School went head to head in the arena, but this year Coral Shores and Marathon will battle it out.

Pictured is Freshman Ricky Placencia.

The tickets for the game are $27, they included a ticket to the high school game and a ticket to the Heat’s game right after. Buses were arranged to transport students to the game.

Students were very excited for this opportunity to watch their schools basketball team play in such a venue, but are disappointed that it has been cancelled.

“I watch every heat game and I’m a big fan, but I haven’t actually been to that many games. I was looking forward to get to go and watch my school and a Heat game right after,” freshman Ricky Placencia said.

Although the game at the arena has been cancelled, both schools have agreed upon rescheduling the game to the Friday of that same week, Feb. 9.

The rescheduled game will replace senior night, which was to be held the previous day against KWHS. Many of the senior players are eager to play in this game.

“We played Marathon at their home court this year and was kind of disappointed that we weren’t going to be playing them at home,” senior guard Juan Fleita said. “The fact that it’s also going to be senior night makes it that much more special.”



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