JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The boys basketball season continued for nine area teams on Thursday night.
Among some of the notables from the opening round:
Fletcher won its first playoff game since 1996 with a 60-52 win over Daytona Beach Mainland in the Region 1-6A playoff. The Senators’ last win came in the second round of the 1996 postseason. Ironically, Mainland beat Fletcher that year.
Bishop Snyder edged Tallahassee Maclay 63-58 in Region 1-3A, the first playoff win — and 20-win season — in Cardinals history. Snyder advanced to set up a rematch of the district championship game with Super 6 No. 1 Jackson. The Tigers went on the road and knocked off Tallahassee’s Florida High 82-65.
West Nassau’s first playoff win in eight years, a 57-44 victory over Bishop Kenny, kept the odometer rolling on guard Deebo Coleman’s record-setting career. Coleman, a Georgia Tech signee, had 26 points for the Warriors. He now has 2,454 in his career, a number that ranks third all-time in area history. Former Nease star Chet Stachitas ranks No. 2 on the area list at 2,505 points. Coleman likely needs two more games to have a shot at that mark.
Next up for West Nassau is Paxon, which edged Bolles in a 71-65 overtime classic. The Bulldogs outscored Paxon 19-8 in the final quarter to send the game into OT, using a career-best 40-point game from Bobby Crouch in the process. But Quinnton Jackson (26 points) and the Golden Eagles starred in the extra period.
Bartram Trail 59, Lake Mary 29
Seminole 69, Oakleaf 44
Fletcher 60, Daytona Beach Mainland 52
Ocala Forest 48, Fleming Island 43
Columbia 96, Tate 73
Ponte Vedra 60, Parker 39
Lee 81, St. Augustine 47
West Nassau 57, Bishop Kenny 44
Paxon 71, Bolles 65 (OT)
Bishop Snyder 63, Tallahassee Maclay 58
Jackson 82, Tallahassee Florida High 65
Orlando First Academy 60, St. Joseph 45
Impact Christian 68, Christ’s Church 44
University Christian 45, North Florida Educational 41
Feb. 23, all games 7 p.m.
Bartram Trail (14-13) at Seminole (15-7)
Columbia (19-5) at Tallahassee Lincoln (13-6)
Fletcher (19-9) at Ocala Forest (16-6)
Lee (18-9) at Ponte Vedra (22-4)
Paxon (20-7) at West Nassau (18-11)
Jackson (17-6) at Bishop Snyder (20-8)
University Christian (16-11) at Impact Christian (17-8)