TAMPA — After Bayshore Christian cruised to a 73-41 win over Odessa Christian on Tuesday to clinch a playoff spot, coach Broderick Day praised his team’s poise.
“We played under control,” Day said.
As a result, his team stayed in control all night in a convincing home win in the Class 2A, District 8 semifinal.
Bayshore (22-3) scored the game’s first 11 points and forced five turnovers before the Wranglers (5-13) made their first bucket. The Faith Warriors tacked on an 8-0 run early in the second quarter and led by at least 15 points the rest of the way.
Junior Matthew Eckermann scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter, and Gregory Johnson chipped in 16 points to clinch Bayshore’s first playoff appearance since 2008.
Senior Eric Davis only finished with nine points but dominated the paint with 19 rebounds and four blocks.
“He’s our aggressive leader,” Day said of the 6-foot-5 forward. “He starts those breaks for us.”
Senior Will Warkenthien led Odessa Christian with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and senior Mitchell White added 15 points.
The other semifinal was only slightly closer. Canterbury (13-9) outscored Citrus Park Christian (4-16) by 14 points in the second half to cruise to a 65-44 win. Canterbury advances to play host Bayshore in Friday’s district championship game.
Junior Kyle Shealy (20 points), senior Devin Levi (16) and junior Hunter Coia (15) all scored in double figures for the Crusaders.
Malik Garner had 15 points for the Eagles, and Josiah Wynn finished with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.