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TODAY'S CLASS A SEMIFINAL

WHO: Admiral Farragut (32-2) vs. Miami Northwest Christian (31-3).

WHEN/WHERE: 10 a.m., the Lakeland Center. To get there, take I-275 East to I-4 east to exit 31 (Kathleen Road). Turn right on Kathleen Road and bear right at the yield sign at Sikes Boulevard and turn right at at the second traffic light (Lime Street). The Lakeland Center will be on your right.

BROADCAST: The game will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.florida.ihigh.com.

THE GAME: This would make a dandy championship game as the No. 1 team, Miami Northwest Christian, takes on No. 4 Admiral Farragut. Combined, the teams have 61 victories and five losses, with two of those coming against other teams at the final four. The Eagles are making their third trip to the semifinals in the past four seasons. They won the Class A state title in 1999. Admiral Farragut is making its second appearance in four seasons. Northwest Christian has great balance, with four starters back from last season's team that finished No. 8 in the state. Leading scorer Richard Blue (Sr., F, 6-foot-5) averages only 13 points per game, but five others are scoring eight or more a contest. Eon Rivera (Jr., G, 5-9) averages 11.4 points and four assists, DeLuis Ramirez (So., F, 6-4) averages 10.3 points and Dorian James (Sr., PG, 6-0) scores 10.1 and leads the team in assists. The Eagles also have a potent big man in 6-7 senior center Eddie Gainer (8 ppg, 8.5 rpg). The Eagles have wins over two defending state champions _ Class A Miami Christian and 5A Haines City. They also have quality wins over Class 6A Deland and 4A Brandon. The Eagles' losses have come against Miami Monsignor Pace, a 3A semifinalist, Arlington Country Day and Orlando Dr. Phillips. The high-scoring Blue Jackets are similar to the Eagles in many ways. They have size in 6-8 center Vitor Boccardo, who averages 14 points and nine rebounds per game but also has a deadly outside shot. And the Blue Jackets have balance, with scoring threats at each position. Guard John Whitehead is a quick defender who can get hot from the outside, and 6-5 athletic forward Benny Clyde has improved greatly the past few weeks, with 12 rebounds in the region final and an average of 10 per game in the playoffs. The Blue Jackets have to overcome the loss of forward Tommy Lampley (broken wrist), but the capable Elliot Anderson (Sr., C, 6-4) and Felipe Schmidt (So., G, 6-1) will fill in. Lewis Lampley (So., G, 6-3) teams with Whitehead to give Farragut one of the best backcourts in the county.

UP NEXT: The winner faces either Cottondale or Brevard Christian in the championship game Friday at noon.

_ Compiled by John C. Cotey.

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