When the Melbourne Bulldogs reached the boys state basketball tournament for the first time last winter, it was a high-water mark for the program.
Most of the players who led the team to the Class 7A semifinal game were seniors, but as it turned out, 10th-grader Logan Folsom led the team with 14 points in the 64-49 loss to Bartow.
Folsom is one of several key juniors for the Bulldogs this season, and they host Martin County tonight in a 7A regional playoff game. A total of five Brevard County teams play regional semifinal games tonight, each of them in different stages of legacy-building.
“We are still a work in progress,” Bulldogs coach Michael Soliven said after a regional quarterfinal win over Fort Myers. “It has taken this long for the boys to begin to gel. We have a long way to go.”
Titusville’s young team was providing a glimpse at the future last year in making it’s first playoff appearance in seven seasons. They host a rematch of their 2014 postseason loss to Eustis tonight.
The only game pitting two Brevard County teams against each other will be at Cocoa, a rematch of Cocoa’s Class 4A-8 title win over Holy Trinity. Florida Air will play at Oxbridge Academy in Class 3A.
Cocoa and FAA both have won state championships. The Falcons have five, the last one in 2007. Cocoa won titles in 1960 — the first FHSAA championship won by any Brevard team — and 2009.
Tonight’s boys regional basketball
All games at 7. Tickets $7.
Class 7A: Martin County at Melbourne
Class 5A: Eustis at Titusville
Class 4A: Holy Trinity at Cocoa
Class 3A: Florida Air at Oxbridge