Melvin Wood's driving layup with 10 seconds left earned Cardozo a 68-67 victory over Stuart in a battle of unbeatens for the Stuart Invitational title last night at Stuart.
Stuart (6-1) had rallied from a 64-56 deficit with 5:01 left to take a brief 67-66 lead on Scott Sisk's jumper with 48 seconds remaining.
"It wasn't a set play at all," Wood said. "I was back there begging for the ball and somebody gave it to me."
"We were working it around," Mike evans said. "I saw Mel had a smaller man on him. If I had thrown it up, it might have beem stolen, so I threw him a bounce pass and the lane just opened up for him."
Cardozo (7-0) maintained leads of eight to 11 points most of the second half. Wood and Evans played aggressive defense against Raider center Fernando Aunon, who came into the game averaging more than 27 points.
"Melvin and I switched off a lot on him, tried to front him, and deny him the ball to make them shoot from outside," Evans said. ardozo has three turnovers and missed a penalty free throw with a minute left.
"This is a mental game and we just got flustered," said Stuart Coach Gabe Oliverio.
"They were quick and we weren't patient enough. We had a play at the end, but we didn't execute it," Oliverio added.
Sisk, who finished with 18 points missed on his jumper from the circle with a second left. Cardozo got the ball inbounds for one dribble before the buzzer.
Aunon, who finished with 23 points and was named the tournament's most valuable player, got nine points in the fourth quarter and pulled down eight rebounds in the game.
Mike Daniels of Cardozo netted eight of his 14 points in the final eight minutes and dished out seven assists in his role as playmaker.