Posted: 8:29 pm Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
By Jeff Greer
Now we’re down to the nitty gritty for boys’ basketball. The regional quarterfinals are set to tip off Thursday night at 7 p.m., and we have a whopping 16 area teams still alive. Here’s a rundown of previews for each game.
You can log onto the FHSAA’s website for more information about the state and regional tournaments. The state semifinals and finals will be held from March 2-5 at the Lakeland Center.
Regional quarterfinals are Thursday. Regional semis are Tuesday, Feb. 22. The regional finals are on that following Saturday, Feb. 26. Admission to all games is $6.
All regional quarterfinals tip off at 7 p.m.
Treasure Coast at Orlando-Dr. Phillips. Dr. Phillips topped Treasure Coast 67-51 in the very same game in the very same round of last year’s tournament.
Stars to Watch: G Tim Debish (6-1, 175) averages 12 points and 2.5 threes a game; F/C Jorge Moreno (6-6, 235) averages 14 points and 9.1 rebounds a game despite missing eight games because of injury.
How They Qualified: District 6-6A finalists. Lost to Vero Beach in the 6-6A title game.
Stars to Watch: G Shane Larkin (5-11, 150) leads Dr. Phillips in points, rebounds and assists and is headed to DePaul next year.
How They Qualified: District 5-6A champions. Defeated Olympia in the district title game.
Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson at Atlantic. Boyd Anderson won in this matchup in the same round of the 6A tournament last year, 66-62.
Stars to Watch: G Marquale Thomas averages 11.4 points and 3.6 assists a game and really sets the tone for Atlantic. F Estilus Lahens (10.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) is an athletic wing. And 6-4 F Richarson Myrthil is a double-double threat (10 ppg, 10 rpg) every night.
How They Qualified: District 9-6A winners. Defeated Santaluces 49-28.
How They Qualified: District 10-6A runner-up. Lost to Deerfield Beach in the district finals.
Santaluces at Deerfield Beach. Santaluces won its first-round game last year, beating Coral Springs 58-52, before losing to Boyd Anderson in the second round. Deerfield Beach hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2004.
Stars to Watch: G Jeff Romeus scores 21.1 points a contest and has made 60 three-pointers. F Serge Auguste averages 14.9 points. Point guard Steven David is quick and can make the open jumper.
How They Qualified: District 9-6A runner-up. Lost 49-28 to Atlantic.
Stars to Watch: F Kahlil Thomas and F Terence Johnson each average 10 rebounds a game. G Taeis Peaton-Lane dishes out 5.6 assists a contest.
How They Qualified: District 10-6A winner. Dropped Boyd Anderson in the district finals.
Melbourne at Martin County. Martin County has won 16 straight games and only two have been decided by fewer than 10 points. Melbourne has made 12 regional appearances, but has never won a playoff contest.
Stars to Watch: Greg Nelson (14.8 ppg) and Levius Louissant (11.8) are the leading scorers. Kevin Kobold (9.1 rpg) and Justin Simmons (8.0) dominate the glass. And Alonzo Queen (4.2 apg) rates seventh in the area in assists per game.
How They Qualified: District 14-5A winner. Beat Sebastian River in district finals.
How They Qualified: District 13-4A runner-up. Lost final to Palm Bay.
Oakland Park-Northeast at Dwyer. Dwyer edged out Northeast 69-63 in last year’s edition of this very game. The Panthers have not lost in the new year.
Stars to Watch: F Greg Louis (13.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the glue that holds Dwyer together. Wing Jacoby Brissett (15.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.1 apg) has showed up in big games all year and will need to be a scorer for the Panthers. And guard Vic Adams (15.2 ppg, 53 threes) is a streaky and extremely dangerous shooter. That goes without mentioning 6-10 C Joel James and 6-4 wing Terrell Harris, who’ve each had their own big games.
How They Qualified: District 15-5A winner. Routed Wellington in the district final.
How They Qualified: District 16-5A runner-up. Lost to Dillard in the district title game.
Wellington at Fort Lauderdale-Dillard. Wellington returns to the regionals after making it in 2009 and missing in 2010. Dillard, which has won five state championships, is in the same boat, reappearing after missing last year’s cut.
Stars to Watch: G Scott Witkowski (15.2 ppg, 7.8 apg), F Rex Kirby (8.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and G Freddy Millar (7.9 ppg, 27 threes) make the team go. G John Harvill is a three-point threat, and F Davis Martin is a handful in the paint.
How They Qualified: District 15-5A runner-up. Lost to Dwyer in district finals.
Stars to Watch: 6-6 F Fred Landers (17.5 ppg, 11.4 rpg) causes all kinds of trouble in the paint. Jeremiah Eason (12.4 rpg) and Jabri Horne (7.0 apg) are very solid role players.
How They Qualified: Won District 16-5A. Defeated Northeast to do it.
Palm Bay-Heritage at Fort Pierce Central. Central reached the regional finals last year and has a solid chance of making it back there.
Fort Pierce Central
Stars to Watch: Akeem Johnson (13.4 ppg), Giorgio Newberry (9 rpg) and Mikenson Deroche (8.2 rpg) form a solid trio for the first Cobras team to repeat a district title since 1991.
How They Qualified: District 14-4A champs. Beat Fort Pierce Westwood in the final.
How They Qualified: District 13-4A runner-up. Lost to Titusville-Astronaut in the finals.
Fort Pierce Westwood at Titusville-Astronaut. Astronaut will make a repeat playoff appearance for the first time since 1977. Westwood hasn’t been since 2005.
Fort Pierce Westwood
How They Qualified: District 14-4A runner-up. Lost to Fort Pierce Central in the final.
How They Qualified: District 13-4A champs. Dropped Palm Bay-Heritage in the final.
North Broward Prep at St. Andrew’s. St. Andrew’s coach John O’Connell is getting serious Coach of the Year consideration. He has the Scots back in the regionals for the 12th time since 1993.
Stars to Watch: Gary Gladden (12.9 ppg) and Erik Sanders (13.6 ppg) are the go-to guys for St. Andrew’s.
How They Qualified: District 13-3A champs. Bested Glades Central in the district title game.
North Broward Prep
How They Qualified: District 14-3A runner-up. Lost to Pine Crest in the district final.
Glades Central at Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest. Coach Edwin James has Glades Central back in the regionals for the fourth straight year and they’re playing well, too. But they meet Pine Crest, which lost last year’s Class 3A title game and beat Glades Central 99-69 in the regional semis.
Stars to Watch: Jaime Wilson (13.8 ppg) and Dewan Stewart (11.8 ppg) can go off in any game. Dickerson Joseph (13.3 rpg) is a rebounding vacuum.
How They Qualified: District 13-3A runner-up. Lost to St. Andrew’s in the final.
Stars to Watch: Kalvin Cline (15.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg) and Traveon Henry (15.6 ppg, 8.2 apg) are the standouts for Pine Crest.
How They Qualified: District 14-3A champs. Dropped North Broward Prep in the finals.
Coral Springs Christian at Benjamin. Benjamin makes its fifth regionals appearance since 2005 under Jeff Cavallo. Coral Springs Christian beat Benjamin 48-46 in the regional quarters last year.
Stars to Watch: Brett Rosenthal (11.4 ppg, 3.2 apg) and Kevin Crescenzi (10.6 ppg, 3.9 apg) are the Bucs’ go-to guys.
How They Qualified: District 13-2A champs. Topped Pope John Paul II in the finals.
Coral Springs Christian
How They Qualified: District 14-2A runner-up. Lost to Weston-Sagemont in the finals.
Pope John Paul II at Weston-Sagemont. Sagemont reached the state semis last season and put up a 23-4 record this time around. Pope John Paul II makes its first trip to regionals since 2002.
Pope John Paul II
Stars to Watch: Pat Vandendrissche (12.6 ppg), Jesse Cummings (11.6 ppg) and Sam Cogan (11.5 ppg, 7.0 apg) form a nice trio for PJPII.
How They Qualified: District 13-2A runner-up. Lost to Benjamin in the final.
Stars to Watch: Rod Days (18.8 ppg) is one of the top scorers in Broward County.
How They Qualified: Won District 14-2A. Beat Coral Springs Christian in the title game.
Miramar-Florida Bible at Grandview Prep. Grandview Prep begins its quest for a return trip to states. Florida Bible has never played in the regionals.
Stars to Watch: Ismaila Dauda (19.8 ppg, 14.4 rpg) is an absolute beast in the paint. G Eric Mance (14.4 ppg, 3.2 apg), Daniel Garga (13.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.6 apg) and Kamil Williams (10.5 ppg) are Dauda’s co-pilots. As they go, so goes Grandview.
How They Qualified: District 13-1A champs. Beat Lake Worth Christian in the finals.
How They Qualified: District 14-1A runner-up. Lost to Highlands Christian in district title game.
Lake Worth Christian at Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian. Another rematch from last year’s regional quarters. Highlands Christian won last time, 66-37.
Lake Worth Christian
Stars to Watch: F Paul Jones (16.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg) is the leader of the Defenders. Jordany Dominique (11.3 ppg) is Jones’ main partner-in-crime.
How They Qualified: District 13-1A runner-up. Lost to Grandview Prep in the finals.
How They Qualified: District 14-1A winner. Defeated Florida Bible in the district championship.
Berean Christian at Melbourne-RFM Christian. RFM Christian won this game last year, 65-59. Berean makes the same trip again this year.
Stars to Watch: Big fella Alix Moise is the focal point of Berean’s offensive attack.
How They Qualified: District 12-1A runner-up. Lost to Summit Christian in the finals.
How They Qualified: District 11-1A winners. Beat Brevard Christian in the district title game.
Brevard Christian at Summit Christian. Summit Christian won its regional opener by 37 last year. Brevard Christian makes a return to the regionals for the first time since 2006.
Stars to Watch: G Farad Cobb (22 ppg, 5.2 apg, 96 threes), F Jean Prophete (19.2 ppg, 12.6 rpg) and F Brandon Williams (10 ppg, 10.2 rpg) form a three-headed monster for the Saints.
How They Qualified: District 12-1A winner. Beat Berean Christian in the finals.
How They Qualified: District 11-1A runner-up. Lost to RFM Christian in the finals.