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.
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.
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.
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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