Who: Eckerd Tritons (17-5, 4-3) vs. Saint Leo Monarchs (10-12, 0-8) Where: Saint Leo When: 7:30 p.m. Coaches: Eckerd - Jim Harley. Saint Leo - Mike Gillespie. Key players: Eckerd - Dwayne Perry, F, 6-7, Sr., (leading scorer in the Sunshine State Conference, averaging 27.0 points per game;
averaging 9.7 rebounds per game); Vic Stephens, F, 6-4, Soph. (averaging 4.4 assists per game; scored 12 points Wednesday). Saint Leo - Pierre Augustin, F, 6-4 Sr. (23.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg); Ron Taylor, F, 6-5 Sr. (19.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg).
Last game: Eckerd lost to F.I.T. 88-81 Wednesday. Saint Leo lost to the University of Tampa 81-72 the same day.
Notes: Wednesday's loss to F.I.T. was the Tritons' first since Jan. 24. Saint Leo has not won since Jan 17. The Monarchs' defense is the worst in the seven-team conference, while Eckerd's offense and defense are among the SSC's best. Eckerd beat the Monarchs 78-68 when the teams met in January. Eckerd's next game is Wednesday at home against Barry College. Game time is 7:30 p.m. St. Petersburg JC at South Florida CC Who: SPJC Trojans (25-2, 11-2) vs. South Florida CC Panthers (16-13, 7-6).
Where: Avon Park When: 7:30 p.m. Coaches: SPJC - Jack Coit. South Florida CC - Mark Morehead.
Key players: SPJC - Sean Minton, G, 6-0, Soph. (leading state junior college players in assists, averaging 10 per game); Lincoln Roach, F, 6-2, Fr. (averaging 16 points per game); David Fletcher, G, 6-2, Soph. (17 ppg). South Florida CC - Anthony Soule, F, 6-6, Soph. (23.7 ppg);
M.C. Embry, G, 6-1, Fr. (20.1 ppg, Suncoast Conference player of the week last week); Reggie Taylor, G, 6-2, Soph. (12.1 ppg) Last game: SPJC defeated Lake Sumter CC 90-79 Thursday. South Florida CC defeated Lake Sumter CC 74-64 Tuesday.
Notes: This is the final regular-season game for SPJC, which must wait for the outcome of the Polk CC/Manatee CC game before discovering its post-season fate. The Trojans, who are tied with Manatee for the conference lead, will win the title if Polk wins.
- TIM LOONEY