Bishop McLaughlin to play in Class 3A state semis

Bishop McLaughlin’s boys basketball team has inched itself one step closer to winning an elusive state championship. The Hurricanes went down to Fort Myers on Friday night and defeated Canterbury 47-42 to clinch a berth in the Class 3A state semifinals.

It might seem like the first time in a long time that a Pasco County team has pulled off such a feat. But the 2015-16 Zephyrhills Bulldogs team under the watch of Alan Reed made it to the Class 5A state semifinals before bowing out. That Bulldogs team finished with a record of 27-5.

The Hurricanes have now improved to a record of 21-6 on the season and will face Jacksonville Andrew Jackson next week. Jackson defeated Trinity Prep 69-46 and has a record of 19-6. The semifinal will take place at 2 p.m., Wed., March 3.

The winner moves on to the Class 3A state championship to face the winner of Calvary Christian and Miami Country Day. That semifinal is scheduled to take place after the Bishop McLaughlin-Andrew Jackson matchup.

Andy Villamarzo can be reached at and follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.