Bob Bustamante (’72) – Basketball
In 1972, the Columbus High basketball team played Pace at the old Miami Beach Convention Center. Going into the fourth quarter, Columbus trailed by 20 points. Amazingly, our next inductee scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to bring the Explorers back to within one point
Columbus didn’t win the game that night, but those 25 points in one quarter capture the greatness of Bob Bustamante.
Bob Bustamante was arguably the best guard in this school’s history. People say that when Bob Bustamante had the ball in his hands he reminded them of Pete Maravich.
He played in the day before the three-point shot. There is little doubt that he would have scored 40 points or more in several games had there been a three-point shot.
He scored 30 or more points in 16 of Columbus 27 games his senior year. He led Columbus to the 1972 District 16 AAA championship with a stunning victory against state power Key West in the District championship game.
He was named first team all-city and first-team all state in Class AAA.
Bob went on to play at Miami-Dade South where he helped the Jaguars to the junior college national championship. He was first team all-state at Miami-Dade.
Bob went on to play at Biscayne College – now St. Thomas University – where he averaged 14 points over his final two seasons.