Here’s what to ex­pect in top 10 tour­na­ments

Edge­wa­ter likely to face tough chal­lenge against 2nd seed Win­der­mere

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS MONDAY - By Buddy Collings

The boys bas­ket­ball post­sea­son un­folds this week with dis­trict tour­na­ments tip­ping off across Cen­tral Florida.

To help hoops junkies map their travel plans, we’ve ranked the top 10 dis­tricts based on tal­ent, depth and the po­ten­tial for drama in semi­fi­nal elim­i­na­tion games. Cham­pi­ons and run­ners-up ad­vance to Thurs­day, Feb. 21, re­gion games against ad­ja­cent dis­tricts.

Ad­mis­sion is $6 for all dis­trict days.

Top 10 tour­na­ments

No. 1 Class 8A, Dis­trict 5 At Win­der­mere High School Mon­day

No. 4 Ocoee vs. No. 5 Lake Min­neola, 3:30

No. 1 Edge­wa­ter vs. No. 8 East Ridge, 5

No. 3 Ocala West Port vs. No. 6 Lake How­ell, 6:30

No. 2 Win­der­mere vs. No. 7 East River, 8 Wed­nes­day 4-5 win­ner vs. 1-8 win­ner, 5:30 6-3 win­ner vs. 2-7 win­ner, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? Edge­wa­ter (19-6) and tour­ney host Win­der­mere (21-4) both have a shot to win the 8A state cham­pi­onship and they played a clas­sic two weeks ago, with the Ea­gles win­ning 95-89 in triple over­time. Plus, the 3-6 seeds all have win­ning records. Edge­wa­ter got a big boost when its lead­ing scorer and re­bounder, Michael Eads Jr., (18 ppg., 9.5 rpg.), re­turned af­ter miss­ing eight games due to in­jury.

Main Michael at­trac­tions Eads Jr., Edge­wa­ter, Trevon 6-5, Ca­son, Jr. Edge­wa­ter, 6-2, Sr.

Dakota Rivers, Win­der­mere, 6-8, Sr.

Dante Love, Win­der­mere, 6-1, Sr.

Jonathan Lawrence, Lake How­ell, 6-9, Sr. No. 2 Class 7A, Dis­trict 5 At Seabreeze High School Tues­day

No. 4 New Smyrna Beach vs. No. 5 Pine Ridge, 4:30

No. 2 Del­tona vs. No. 7 Seabreeze, 6

No. 3 At­lantic vs. No. 6 Father Lopez, 7:30 Wed­nes­day

No. 1 Main­land vs. NSB/ PR win­ner, 5:30

D/S win­ner vs. A/FL win­ner, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? Main­land (24-1), win­ner of 23 in a row since an over­time loss to Edge­wa­ter, is a lead­ing state ti­tle con­tender along­side un­de­feated de­fend­ing champ Do­ral Academy (25-0) of Dade County. Add in At­lantic (19-6) and Del­tona (17-6) and this could be the tough­est dis­trict in 7A. Main at­trac­tions

Johnny Brown, Main­land, 6-9, Sr.

Rod­ney Rho­den, Main­land, 6-5, Sr.

Ken­dall Bean, At­lantic, 6-1, Jr.

Mar­lon Bradley, Del­tona, 6-4, Sr.

No. 3 Class 6A, Dis­trict 13 At Lees­burg Mon­day No. 4 Poin­ciana vs. No. 5 Tavares, 7 Tues­day

Mon­day win­ner vs. No. 1 Bishop Moore, 5:30

No. 3 Eustis vs. No. 2 Lees­burg, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? Four teams have a shot in a league that pro­duced the past three state cham­pi­ons (Poin­ciana, Lees­burg, Lees­burg in that or­der). Bishop Moore (20-4) won three dis­trict games by four points or less and split with Poin­ciana (15-8) and Eustis (18-7). Lance Erv­ing is play­ing through pain (knee) for Lees­burg (14-7). Eustis is play­ing with­out 6-5 ju­nior Ri­cardo Wright, who trans­ferred to Vil­lages late in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Main at­trac­tions Hunter Cat­toor, Bishop Moore, 6-3, Sr.

Lance Erv­ing, Lees­burg, 6-2, Sr.

Bradley Dou­glas, Eustis, 6-2, Jr.

Anthony Dun­can, Poin­ciana, 6-7, Sr.

No. 4 Class 9A, Dis­trict 2 Mon­day

No. 7 seed Orange City Uni­ver­sity at No. 2 Lake Brantley, 7

No. 6 Ly­man at No. 3 Oviedo, 7

No. 5 Lake Mary at No. 4 Win­ter Springs, 7 Wed­nes­day, at Semi­nole High School

OCU/Lake Brantley win­ner vs. Ly­man/Oviedo win­ner, 5:30

Lake Mary/Win­ter Springs win­ner vs. No. 1 Semi­nole, 7 Fri­day, at Semi­nole High School Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? De­fend­ing champ Semi­nole (19-4) is on a 13-game win streak, and Oviedo (19-6) as a No. 3 seed says it all. The Li­ons lost four games by five points or less – in­clud­ing two one-point de­feats vs. the Semi­noles and an over­time loss to Lake Brantley (15-10). Brantley dealt Semi­nole its only dis­trict de­feat, by one point. The ‘Noles be­came even deeper when Ladar­ron Cleve­land (5-10, Jr.) moved back from Ge­or­gia. Main at­trac­tions

O’Shae Baker, Semi­nole, 5-11, Jr.

Caleb “Sparky” Fabre, Lake Brantley, 6-0, Sr.

Ai­dan Knight, Oviedo, 6-0, Sr.

No. 5 Class 9A, Dis­trict 3 At Wekiva High School Wed­nes­day

No. 3 West Orange vs. No. 2 Evans, 5:30

No. 4 Wekiva vs. No. 1 Apopka, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? Apopka (22-3) is rated No. 1 in 9A by MaxPreps. But Evans (18-7) took the Blue Darters to dou­ble-over­time be­fore fall­ing and the 3-4 seeds aren’t cup­cakes. Apopka won by just two at West Orange. Also, the Blue Darters fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with starters Zach An­der­son (back), Nathan Louis (flu) and John La­timer III (stitches) side­lined. Main at­trac­tions 6-4, Nathan Sr. Louis, Apopka,

6-7, Zach Jr. An­der­son, Apopka,

6-8, Andy Sr. An­toine, Evans, Ter­ence 6-1, Sr. Mc­Clain, Wekiva,

Class 5A, No. Dis­trict 6 6 At The First Academy Tues­day

No. 3 Lake High­land Prep vs. No. 6 Crooms, 6

No. 4 Trin­ity Prep vs. No. 5 Win­der­mere Prep, 7:30 Wed­nes­day

LHP/Crooms win­ner vs. No. 2 Jones, 6

TP/WP win­ner vs. No. 1 TFA, 7:30 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? A re­match be­tween TFA (14-11) and Jones (15-10) has been per­co­lat­ing since the Roy­als topped the Tigers 66-63 three weeks ago. Lake High­land Prep (13-12) and Trin­ity Prep (17-8) could make the semi­fi­nals in­ter­est­ing. Main at­trac­tions

Ke­nan Black­s­hear, Jones, 6-5, Sr.

Fanbo Zheng, WP, 6-9, Fr.

Kanye Jones, TFA, 6-3, So.

Vic­tor Brown Jr., LHP, 6-4, Jr. No. 7 Class 9A, Dis­trict 4 At Colo­nial High School Tues­day

No. 5 Uni­ver­sity vs. No. 4 Boone, 5:30

No. 6 Lake Nona vs. No. 3 Win­ter Park, 7 Wed­nes­day

LN/WP win­ner vs. No. 2 Colo­nial, 5:30

U/B win­ner vs. No. 1 Tim­ber Creek, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? Any of the top four seeds could claim the ti­tle af­ter a reg­u­lar sea­son filled with nail-biters. Tim­ber Creek (20-5) had five dis­trict games de­cided by six points or less, in­clud­ing 58-56 and 65-60 wins against sec­ond seed Colo­nial (19-6) and a 40-38 loss to Boone (12-11). Main at­trac­tions:

Jonathan Ber­rios, Colo­nial, 6-0, Sr.

Cameron Hall, Tim­ber Creek, 5-6, Jr.

Mar­lon Allen, Boone, 6-4, Sr.

Travar­i­ous Fluellen, Win­ter Park, No. 6-4, 8 Sr. Class Mon­day 9A, Dis­trict 7 Ridge No. Com­mu­nity, 4 Gate­way vs. 7 No. 5 Wed­nes­day

Mon­day win­ner at No. 1 Osce­ola, 7

No. 3 Haines City at No. 2 Ge­orge Jenk­ins, 7 Fri­day, at Gate­way High School Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? Osce­ola (19-6) is go­ing to have to work for its sixth straight dis­trict ti­tle. The Kow­boys lost dis­trict games to Ge­orge Jenk­ins and Haines City and had two tight games with Gate­way. Main at­trac­tions

Isa­iah Palermo, Osce­ola, 6-5, Sr.

Josh Marte, Osce­ola, 5-8, Sr.

Tyreek Robin­son, Gate­way, 6-6, Sr. No. 9 Class 9A, Dis­trict 6 At Oak Ridge High School Mon­day No. 5 Free­dom at No. 4 Olympia, 7 Wed­nes­day, at Oak Ridge

Mon­day win­ner vs. No. 1 Oak Ridge, 6

No. 3 Cy­press Creek vs. No. 2 Dr. Phillips, 7:30 Fri­day, at Oak Ridge Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? De­fend­ing state champ Oak Ridge (15-5), with four se­nior D1 prospects, is a high­light reel wait­ing to hap­pen. Pioneers won their four dis­trict games by an av­er­age of 52 points — in­clud­ing a 102-78 rout of sec­ond seed DP (11-13). Main at­trac­tions:

C.J. Walker, Oak Ridge, 6-8, Sr.

Niven Glover, Oak Ridge, 6-4, Sr.

Kaleb Cole­man, Oak Ridge, 6-7, Sr.

Em­manuel Ade­doyin, Oak Ridge, 6-3, Sr.

Ra­keem Perry, DP, 5-10, Sr.

No. 10 Class 3A, Dis­trict 3 At Mount Dora Chris­tian


Life Legacy Chris­tian, Char­ter 5:30 vs. Real

Faith Chris­tian vs. Foun­da­tion Academy, 7 Tues­day

FC/FA win­ner vs. No. 1 Or­lando Chris­tian Prep, 5:30

LC/RLC win­ner vs. No. 2 Mount Dora Chris­tian, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Why so high? OCP (19-5) starts zero se­niors but has the tal­ent to make a run at its third con­sec­u­tive state crown. Host MDC (21-4) is a top 10 team in 3A. Main at­trac­tions Eric But­ler, OCP, 6-3, Jr. Ven-Allen Lu­bin, OCP, 6-6, Fr. Other tour­na­ments Class 8A, Dis­trict 6 Tues­day

No. 8 Viera at No. 1 Mel­bourne, 7

No. 7 Lake To­hopekaliga at No. 2 Hagerty, 7

No. 6 Lib­erty at No. 3 St. Cloud, 7

No. 5 Har­mony at No. 4 Cel­e­bra­tion, 7 Wed­nes­day, at Hagerty

V/M win­ner vs. C/Har­mony win­ner, 5:30

LT/Hagerty win­ner vs. L/SC win­ner, 7 Fri­day, at Hagerty Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Buzz: Mel­bourne (21-4) is fa­vored. But Hagerty (15-10) has the home court and red-hot fresh­man phe­nom Jah Nze, who scored 40, 32 and 32 in three games last week. Class 5A, Dis­trict 5 At Trin­ity Catholic, Ocala Mon­day No. 4 South Sumter vs. No. 5 Umatilla, 7 Wed­nes­day

No. 2 Vil­lages Char­ter vs. No. 3 Mount Dora, 5:30

No. 1 Trin­ity Catholic vs. Mon­day win­ner, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7 Buzz: Vil­lages has the Xfac­tor with UF signee Tre

Mann (6-4, Sr.). Class 4A, Dis­trict 3 Mon­day

No. 6 New Di­men­sions at No. 3 Orange­wood, 7

No. 7 Cir­cle Chris­tian at No. 2 The Mas­ter’s Academy, 7

No. 5 Lake­land Chris­tian at No. 4 Cor­ner­stone Char­ter, 7 Tues­day, at Lake­land Chris­tian School

CC/TMA win­ner vs. ND/O win­ner, 5:30

LC/CC win­ner vs. Lake­land Santa Fe Catholic, 7 Fri­day, at Lake­land Chris­tian School Cham­pi­onship game, 7 Buzz: Mas­ter’s (18-7) has won six straight since its 71-69 loss to top seed Santa Fe (18-7). Class 3A, Dis­trict 2 At Warner Chris­tian, South Day­tona Mon­day

No. 4 Del­tona Trin­ity Chris­tian vs. No. 5 Warner, 5:30 Tues­day

DTC/Warner win­ner vs. No. 1 Jacksonville Christ’s Church, 5:30

No. 2 Lake Mary Prep vs. No. 3 St. Fran­cis Catholic, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship game, 7

Buzz: Lake Mary Prep (16-9) will go as far as se­nior point guard Michael Gavin (28.8 points per game) can carry it. Class 2A, Dis­trict 5 At Vic­tory Chris­tian, Lake­land Mon­day

No. 3 Lake Wales Van­guard vs. No. 6 King­dom Prep, 5:30

No. 4 In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity vs. No 5 City of Life Chris­tian, 7 Tues­day

No. 2 Cen­tral Florida Chris­tian Academy vs. V/ KP win­ner, 5:30

No. 1 Vic­tory Chris­tian vs. IC/Life win­ner, 7 Fri­day Cham­pi­onship, 7

Buzz: CFCA (14-10), led by 6-5 se­nior Jor­dan Preaster, will have to avenge a reg­u­lar-sea­son loss at Vic­tory Chris­tian to take the ti­tle.


Apopka hopes to have 6-7 ju­nior Zach An­der­son back from in­jury in time for post­sea­son play.

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