Pasco County region semifinals preview

Wiregrass Ranch will take another shot at knocking off East Lake during Tuesday night's Class 6A region semifinal game.

Prep basketball playoffs are underway in Pasco County and there’s three teams left standing. Bishop McLaughlin, Fivay and Wiregrass Ranch are now in the region semifinals. We take a closer look at the three matchups the teams have this week as they make bids to reach the Elite 8.

Class 6A

Wiregrass Ranch (19-5) vs. East Lake (25-1): It’s no easy task facing East Lake, and especially in the playoffs. This will be the third meeting between the Bulls and Eagles, with East Lake winning the last contest 73-55. The only loss of the season for East Lake came against Windermere, 59-54. Other than that, the Eagles have been perfect. East Lake is high-powered scoring the basketball, averaging 74.1 points a game, and they have three players averaging 15.9 points or better. The Bulls will have their hands full to say the least.

Class 5A

Leesburg (14-4) vs. Fivay (23-2): The Falcons are coming off the program’s first-ever playoff victory and they don’t plan on stopping there. Fivay defeated Orlando Jones 67-60 at home. Leading the way in the victory was Eric Howard. The senior scored a game-high 27 points and now he and the Falcons will run up against a very talented Leesburg team. The Yellow Jackets are led by sophomore Cameron James, who is averaging a team-high 19.1 points per game.

Class 3A

Carrollwood Day (18-4) vs. Bishop McLaughlin (19-6): The Hurricanes will be looking for revenge against the Patriots when they face off in a district championship rematch. Bishop McLaughlin had to play with primarily its junior varsity players because of a coronavirus case within the varsity team and the Hurricanes had to quarantine. Due to that, the Hurricanes lost 69-25, but they’re back on track and that could mean a deep playoff run for Bishop. They’re led by the scoring of junior Emanuel Sharp, who is averaging 23.8 points a game.

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