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Boys region basketball
8A, Sarasota Riverview 55, Plant 49: With three minutes remaining, Plant was down by five and had possession. A 3-point attempt bounced in then out, and host Sarasota Riverview’s Austin Walker hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the end to effectively swing the momentum. “They just came up with a few more loose balls in the fourth quarter,” Plant coach Michael Slonaker said. Sam Powers led the Panthers with 12 points. Walker had a game-high 23 for Riverview.
7A, Ridge Community 87, East Bay 64: At Gibsonton, the Indians’ historic season, featuring the first district title in 42 years, ended against an eastern Polk County power. Seniors Justin Green and Kieran Pettus each had 17 points to lead the hosts (20-5).
7A, Lakeland 68, Tampa Bay Tech 58: At Lakeland, the Titans’ season ended against a Dreadnaughts team riding a six-game win streak.
6A, Sickles 57, Lakewood Ranch 32: At Tampa, Gryphons junior forward Malcolm Johnson had 18 points while senior center Eric Floyd had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) as the hosts rolled.
6A: Palmetto 59, Strawberry Crest 56: At Palmetto, the Tigers rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit, holding the Chargers (17-11) to 21 second-half points. Senior Brandon Channer scored 10 of those 21 and finished with a monstrous effort (27 points, 18 rebounds) for Strawberry Crest.
5A, Jesuit 85, Boca Ciega 66: At Tampa, junior 3-point specialist Jack Fleming scored a career-best 29 points while low-post classmate Travis Johnson recorded a double-double (21 points, 12 rebounds) in the Tigers’ romp. Jesuit (26-1), which led 26-14 after one quarter, scored 12 of its first 14 points from behind the arc, where Fleming finished 5-for-7. Dallas Moore’s 28 points led the Pirates (13-14).
3A, Lakeland Mckeel 64, Seffner Christian 60: With a little over a minute left and down by one point, McKeel’s Corey Sanders scored twice to boost the host team. Seffner rallied from 52-39 down late in the third. The Crusaders (13-13) went on a 24-4 run that stretched from the third into the fourth behind three 3-pointers, two by Kent Hagarty, who finished with 19 points.
3A, Tampa Prep 70, Lakeland Christian 22: At Tampa, the Terrapins got 17 points from Butler-bound senior Devontae Morgan in a romp that featured a running clock for most of the second half. Point guard Josh Heath added 14 for the hosts.
2A: Winter Haven All Saints’ 56, Cambridge Christian 55: At Tampa, the Lancers’ furious fourth-quarter rally fell just short. Brandon Park and Damarcus Faison combined for 27 points for the hosts, who trailed 42-28 entering the fourth period.
Standout performances from Thursday night
Brandon Channer, Strawberry Crest: The Jacksonville University signee may have had the best night of any county player (27 points, 18 rebounds), albeit in a losing effort.
Travis Johnson, Jesuit: Teammate Jack Fleming (29 points) had a career night, but Johnson excelled on both ends (21 points, 12 boards)
Eric Floyd, Sickles: The burly 6-foot-7 senior had a double double (12 points, 10 boards) in the Gryphons’ rout of Lakewood Ranch
Nelson Agholor, Berkeley Prep: The Southern Cal-bound senior scored 24 in the Bucs’ 33-point rout of Arcadia DeSoto
C.J. McGill, Wharton: The Wildcats’ point guard scored 14 of his team-best 23 points in the second half, when Wharton rallied valiantly before falling to East Lake
Tre Leonard, Robinson: The 6-foot-4 senior, who clearly wasn’t afraid to dunk on Lakewood, scored 26 in the Knights’ 15-point victory
“I didn’t feel like we were competing hard enough defensively and I definitely challenged the guys at halftime on that and told them they had 16 minutes to either compete harder or roll over and watch their season wash away. They gave 16 minutes of everything you could ask of them.”
Wharton coach Tommy Tonelli, whose team rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit against East Lake before falling 64-63
Information from the Ledger was used in this report.