Five boys basketball teams reach state semifinals

Paxon held off Bishop Kenny in the Region 1-4A final on Friday night.
Paxon held off Bishop Kenny in the Region 1-4A final on Friday night.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The boys basketball state semifinals are set and five area teams are headed to Lakeland.

Paxon is headed back for a repeat trip after topping Bishop Kenny 69-56 in the Region 1-4A final. Columbia is bound for its first state semifinal appearance since 1968 after edging Daytona Beach Mainland 70-65 in Region 1-6A.

Jackson held off Windermere Prep 54-53 in Region 1-3A and Impact Christian topped Florida A&M 64-62 in Region 1-2A.

Hilliard had already wrapped up its state semifinal berth earlier in the week.

The state semifinals are next week in Lakeland.

Regional finals

Friday’s games

Region 1-6A

(1) Columbia 70, (2) Daytona Beach Mainland 65

Region 1-5A

(2) Rickards 64, (1) Lee 55

Region 1-4A

(1) Paxon 69, (2) Bishop Kenny 56

Region 1-3A

(1) Jackson 54, (2) Windermere Prep 53

Region 1-2A

(5) Impact Christian 64, (7) Florida A&M 62

State semifinals

Games at RP Funding Center, Lakeland

Wednesday, March 4

Class 3A

Jackson vs. Community School

Saint Andrew’s vs. Chaminade-Madonna

Class 2A

Bayshore Christian vs. Orlando Christian Prep

Impact Christian vs. Schoolhouse Prep

Class 1A

Hilliard vs. Vernon, 2 p.m.

Paxton vs. Hawthorne, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

Class 6A

Columbia vs. Dillard

East Lake vs. Bartow

Class 4A

Paxon vs. Stranahan

Pensacola Catholic vs. Lake Highland Prep

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