Providence and West Nassau to Play in Fortegra 9:12 title game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The second day of the Fortegra High School 9:12 Invitational at Episcopal sent Providence and West Nassau to Saturday’s championship game.

A glance at how Friday’s second day played out.

Providence 60, Episcopal 59 (OT)

Providence looking to defend their crown as Fortegra 9:12 champions.

Providence scored the first six points of the game and never trailed. Episcopal battled back late in the 4th qtr and used a 10-2 run capped by a McQuiddy tip in at the buzzer to force overtime.

James Repass scored 21 points including a big dunk in OT to help Providence hang for the 60 to 59 win.

Providence advances to face West Nassau in the championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Episcopal will play Paxon in the third-place game at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

West Nassau 66, Paxon 53

Next stop for the Deebo Coleman Show: the championship game of the Fortegra High School 9:12 Invitational.

Coleman, the Warriors’ electric junior combo guard, scored 29 points and led West Nassau over News4Jax Super 6 No. 1 Paxon on Friday night.

West Nassau (3-2) will face either Providence or Episcopal in Saturday’s championship game at 7 p.m. Paxon will face the loser of that game in the third-place game at 4 p.m.

Paxon (6-1) couldn’t keep up with West Nassau. The Golden Eagles trailed at the break and got within four points with just over three minutes to play. But the Warriors remained a step in front at the finish.

Coleman and Paxon star Isaiah Adams, two of the top recruits in the country, were on display in the game. Adams, a UCF signee, finished with 21 points.

Justin Hicks added 16 and Jamaree Spikes finished with 11 for the Warriors. Michael Caswell had 11 for Paxon.

Ponte Vedra 50, Fletcher 48

Ponte Vedra advanced to a spot in the fifth-place game with a 50-48 victory over Fletcher. The Sharks (2-5) closed the game out on an 8-2 run and dodged two Fletcher 3-point attempts and forced a turnover inside the final 30 seconds to emerge with a win.

Noah Bunkosky had 18 points and JD Pirris added 15 to lead the Sharks. Zyhir Sims led Fletcher with 23 points, Anthony Cardona followed with 11 and Sean Benfield 10 for the Senators (2-5).

First Coast 62, Mandarin 57

A strong close to the first half lifted the Buccaneers over the Mustangs in the second game on Friday. First Coast (2-3) closed the second quarter on a 13-4 run and fended off Mandarin with another strong finish at the end to advance to Saturday’s fifth-place game against Ponte Vedra at 2 p.m.

Tyree Saunders led the Bucs with 18 points. Quajon Young led the Mustangs with 21 points, followed by Alexander Schwenke with 14. First Coast led by nine at halftime and closed on an 11-4 run after Mandarin made a game of things by getting within 50-47.

Justin Hodges, Rasheed Durham and Dekembay Carn all had 12 points for First Coast.

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About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.