JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Boys high school basketball playoffs begin Thursday night on the First Coast. Here’s a glance at the matchups, with a look at three good storylines.
In 1-9A, Mandarin (15-10) has just four state playoff wins in program history, its last coming in 2008. The Mustangs won a surprise district championship this season and host Oviedo.
In 1-4A, University Christian (24-3) pulled an upset in handing Providence its first district loss in 11 years. There are realistic aspirations for a final four run at UC, which hosts Tallahassee Maclay. A rematch with Providence (23-4) could happen next week, provided the Stallions get by a difficult Gainesville P.K. Yonge team.
In 1-2A, Impact Christian (20-4) is a rising power under coach Ben Jones. The Lions played for a state championship last season and the path should clear out for them to make another trip to Lakeland in 2019. Could a state championship be in the crosshairs this year?
All games at 7 p.m.
Oviedo at Mandarin
Fleming Island at First Coast
Lee at Oakleaf
Gainesville at St. Augustine
Englewood at Columbia
Orange Park at Paxon
Bishop Kenny at Westside
Santa Fe at Palatka
Clay at Gainesville Eastside
Fort White at Bolles
Jackson at Bradford
Providence at Gainesville P.K. Yonge
Tallahassee Maclay at University Christian
Pensacola Christian at Christ’s Church
Beaches Chapel at Crossroad Academy
Aucilla Christian vs. Impact Christian (at Fort Caroline Middle School)
Ocala St. John Lutheran at North Florida Educational
Hilliard at Madison County