Jones postpones game to attend 6A final
The Jones High boys basketball team was scheduled to play a Saturday afternoon game against Wildwood in the City of Orlando Holiday Hoops Classic. But that game has been postponed to allow Tigers players to go to Daytona Beach to watch their school’s football team play for a state championship.
The Jones football team plays for the Class 6A title against Miami Northwestern on Saturday at noon at Daytona Stadium.
“We want our guys to be able to go and support the Tigers in Daytona,” said Tigers basketball coach Alex Jackson. “I want to go too.”
Jackson said three of his presumed starters are still playing football: sophomore running back Daquan Harris, senior defensive back Dalvin Leggett and defensive lineman Omari Jordan, a 6-foot-5 senior.
The Tigers have struggled without those guys in basketball, and that is a concern for Jackson because every regular-season game counts in the new Florida High School Athletic Association format — which now employs regular-season power rankings to seed postseason play.
“This power-rating rule is a disadvantage for schools that have a lot of guys playing multiple sports, like Jones,” Jackson said. “Right now I’m asking kids that will end up on my JV to play varsity minutes for me. I’m not crying, but it’s a tough situation for a smaller school.”
Unbeatens collide: Two undefeated Class 3A boys basketball teams test each other when The Master’s Academy (5-0) plays at Windermere Prep (6-0) at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Master’s, with four new starters around 6-3 senior guard Corey Sawyer, is 3-0 in road games so far.
The battle of big men will be of high interest.
WPS has 6-9 sophomore Fanbo Zeng averaging 19.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists and 6-11 junior Elijah Hulsewe averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 boards. TMA can counter with 6-11 senior Joe Barrett.
The two private-school powers are 3-3 against each other since 2008, according to MaxPreps.
Windermere Prep and second-year coach Brian
Hoff also will host a sixgame Hoopfest event Saturday with six state-ranked teams and several others worthy of that status. Apopka, which was No. 3 in the SourceHoops.com preseason 7A rankings, plays fifth-ranked Bradenton Lakewood Ranch.
The field also includes No. 3 2A Central Florida Christian Academy, No. 7 3A Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, No. 9 2A Jacksonville Impact Christian facing The First Academy, and No. 5 3A Seffner Christian meeting undefeated Lake Highland Prep (4-0) at 4:30 p.m.
Windermere Prep plays Tampa Catholic in the nightcap.
Extra points: Family Christian Academy, the reigning champion of the Florida Christian Conference, is off to a 12-0 start. That includes a 58-57 victory against Class 6A East River, a neighboring school in east Orange County.
Junior forward Anthony Bertucci, a transfer from East River, hit the gamewinning 3-point shot in that victory. He’s averaging 22.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
■ The Florida Elks & Umatilla High School Holiday Basketball Classic will have 36 games played over three days, Thursday through Saturday, in gymnasiums at the school and at the Florida Elks Arena.
The 27-team lineup includes boys and girls teams from Australia along with squads from Georgia and Pennsylvania.