Heritage High boys basketball fans who arrived early enjoyed watching their team’s offense score the first 18 points in a 92-79 regional quarterfinal win against Deltona on Thursday.
Panthers head coach Stephen Link enjoyed something else: the fact that the same stretch, the visiting Wolves (11-15) scored zero.
“From the first practice this year — it was the first drill we ran — we’ve stressed defense,” Link said. “Tonight, we saw the results of really working on defense.”
In another Class 6A game, Bayside High’s season ended in a 76-49 loss to Edgewater in Orlando. The Panthers (22-6) will visit Edgewater in Tuesday’s semifinal round with a chance to even the score after last year’s 50-48 loss in Palm Bay.
“I just told my kids you don’t always get a chance to make up for something the next year,” Link said. “This time, we have an opportunity to avenge that loss at their place.”
LeRon Smith will be coming off Thursday’s game in which he scored 35 points while hitting five 3-pointers. Jon Martin added 13 points. As a team, the Panthers made 12 from 3-point range.
“Our post men need to step up,” Smith said of the Edgewater game to come. “We’ve got the shooters and the ball handlers. We need the size inside.”
In Orlando, the Bears were led by Lucious McKay, who scored 18.
“Got away from us in the second half,” Bayside coach Quentin Short said. “They went to zone, and we didn’t have enough firepower to keep up in the second half.”
Viera’s season ended in Orlando in a 66-39 loss to Evans.
Rockledge lost at home to 25-3 Auburndale, 75-54, after falling behind by 16 in the opening quarter. The Raiders (13-14) were led offensively by Jonathan Johnson with 13 points and Pat Murray, 11.
The Satellite High boys basketball team is moving on thanks to a big fourth quarter from Joey Hibbard.
Hibbard scored 10 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth, propelling the Scorpions past Orlando Jones, 58-56.
“We have started to put it together and definitely believe in each other,” Satellite coach Paul Bindley said. “They really have come together at the right time.”
Tuesday, the Scorpions will face Lake Highland Prep, which defeated Cocoa, 77-57.
Junior Jace Hogan scored 21 points and senior Will Gibson added 18 as Holy Trinity defeated Trinity Prep, 51-37.
The Tigers (22-6) visit Florida Air on Tuesday night in a rematch of a game in which the Falcons won despite a stalling tactic by Holy Trinity.
Thursday night, the Tigers cruised to a 27-18 halftime lead.
“We really won the game on defensive pressure,” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said. “They run a Princeton-type offense, so we wanted to make it more fast-paced, make them run. … We had some letdowns here and there, but our guys got us right back in it.”
Florida Air edged Windermere Prep, 77-74, behind the trio of Eliel Gonzalez, Julius Johnson and Christian Bradley. Gonzalez and Johnson had 21, while Bradley added 20 in the game for the 26-1 Falcons.
Falcons coach Aubin Goporo said his team’s defense had improved since the last meeting, when Windermere Prep hit 18 shots from 3-point range.
“In the end, our defense prevailed,” Goporo said. “Our defense was a lot better.”
Ted Kapita chipped in with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Merritt Island Christian’s season ended in Orlando with a 69-23 loss to Orlando Christian Prep.