Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

A-8 district basketball: Bradenton Chr. downs Hernando Chr., faces Seffner Chr. in final

BRADENTON — As the new year approached, Bradenton Christian found itself in a peculiar spot. Stocked with a rich tradition and past success on the local and state level, the Panthers came out of their annual holiday tournament four games below .500

Tonight, however, they will hit their home court with a chance to win a championship and host a playoff game or two.

BCS rolled past Hernando Christian Academy 89-36 in Friday's Class A, District 8 semifinal, sending the top-seeded Panthers into the championship against second-seeded Seffner Christian.

The Panthers (16-11) have won 12 of their past 15 games. Consequently, coach David Magley is pleased with a young team that began the winter short on varsity experience.

"If we gel, we could make a little bit of a run," Magley said. "I like how we're coming together at the right time, and they're growing up, and it's fun to see them grow up and be unselfish."

Friday's game was close early — the fourth-seeded Lions trimmed their deficit to 11-6 with 4:31 remaining in the first.

Then BCS pulled away, embarking on a 25-0 run that stretched into the second quarter. Freshman Austin Walker helped fuel the drive by going 6-for-6 from the field in the second quarter en route to finishing with 23 points.

A-8 district basketball: Bradenton Chr. downs Hernando Chr., faces Seffner Chr. in final 02/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 11, 2011 11:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Buccaneers defense was among NFL's best when its pressure got to the QB


    It doesn't matter how many times they've thrown a football. It doesn't matter how many seasons they've played. It doesn't matter whether they have a degree from Harvard or Central Florida.

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded 6.5 sacks last season, but many of his other contributions didn't show up in the box scores. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]

  2. Rays DFA Danny Farquhar to make room for Brad Boxberger


    The Rays continued shuffling their bullpen, dumping RHP Danny Farquhar after Wednesday's game to make room for RHP Brad Boxberger to be activated off the DL.

    Farquhar, who worked an inning in Wednesday's 6-2 loss, had a 2-2, 4.11 record for 37 appearances, working primarily in lower leverage situations. In …

  3. USF to face Indiana in men's basketball next season


    The USF men's basketball team will get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse next season.

  4. Rays employee helps save suicidal woman near Pirates stadium


    A Rays front-office employee joined umpire John Tumpane in saving a woman threatening to jump from a bridge near PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

    Multimedia production manager Mike Weinman, 32, was walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge with Rays broadcasting director Larry McCabe when he …

  5. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater


    Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    The Pirates’ David Freese scores on a Blake Snell wild pitch during the first inning against the Rays.