Boys high school basketball playoffs: Area teams begin on path to Lakeland
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The boys high school basketball playoffs begin on Thursday night as area programs begin their quest to reach the state semifinals in Lakeland. Fleming Island has reached the postseason the last two seasons, reaching the state semifinals in 2019 and the regional semifinals last year. With 2,428 career points, Coleman would need at least two playoff games with average production to move up another spot. G Daniel Buckley (13.3 ppg), G Ross Candelino (11.8 ppg) and F Gary Anderson (10.8 ppg) are Kenny’s top three playmakers. UC has been led by G Kobe Denmark (11.8 ppg), F Royce Morris (11.3 ppg) and G Joseph Carter (10.9 ppg).
Irving leads rout of Celtics in return to Boston Garden
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Boston. Irving scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting and had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals helping the Nets rout the Celtics 113-89 Friday night in the final preseason game for both teams. There were no fans in the new Boston Garden on Friday night, and his introduction was greeted with a faint, fake cheer. Precious Achiuwa scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Heat, while Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and Tyler Herro scored 10. McCollum led the Blazers with 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting and Gary Trent Jr. added 18 points in the loss.
James, Davis back on court for Lakers as season draws near
James scored 11 points in 15 minutes. Also on Wednesday, Chicago beat Oklahoma City 124-103, and Denver beat Portland 126-95. BULLS 124, THUNDER 103At Oklahoma City, the Bulls took control in the second quarter and didn’t let up. LaVine scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the first quarter while Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 for Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City couldn’t get into a flow, but part of that was because first-year coach Mark Daigneault gave minutes to 13 players.