On Wednesday night, DME Sports Academy’s High School Regional Team competed but fell short, 83-72, to Atlanta, Georgia Hoop Nation’s Prep Team.

Rafael Martini led the team with a double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Martini shot 8-10 from the field and 75% from the free throw line. Miguel Lozada had 19 points and 8 rebounds and Shem Gordon scored 15 points adding 5 rebounds.

With HS Regional front court keeping us in the game with a combined 57 points and 23 rebounds from Lozada, Martini, and Gordon, the team took a big hit in the beginning of the third quarter when Gordon went down with an apparent shoulder injury.

Without Gordon, Martini and Lozada helped HS Regional make a late run in the fourth quarter but they were not able to recover after Gordon’s takedown.

Closing with 72 points, it just wasn’t enough to Hoop Nation’s performance.

The HS Regional team will have to have a short memory as they try to bounce back Friday night against Gulliver Prep in Miami.