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All games tonight at 7.


WHO: St. Petersburg (15-13)

at Sarasota Riverview (22-5)

SKINNY: The Green Devils have been up and down all season and are coming off a loss in the district final to Sickles. They have proven scorers in Garren Adulte, Donald Bowens and Christian Boyle. Riverview is No. 3 in 6A and led by 6-foot-7 Tony Davis (22 ppg).


WHO: Jefferson (18-8) at Largo (24-2)

SKINNY: The Packers are ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and will come at the Dragons in waves. Any one of the five starters could lead the team in scoring tonight, but Ben O'Donnell might be the most dangerous Packer.

WHO: Bradenton Southeast (13-15)

at Lakewood (23-5)

SKINNY: The last team to beat the No. 4 Spartans in the playoffs? The Seminoles, who did the deed in 2004. But this Southeast team, which needed a string of upsets in districts, isn't nearly as good, and this Lakewood team is.

WHO: Clearwater (20-7)

at Chamberlain (24-3)

SKINNY: The Tornadoes are the defending state runnerups, but will be hard-pressed to get through a tough region and back to the final four. Still, an all-new cast has been better than expected and the Chiefs defense - just 43 points allowed in district final - will be tested.

WHO: Boca Ciega (19-6)

at Port Charlotte (23-5).

SKINNY: The Pirates made a surprising playoff run last year, and don't be shocked if they get on a roll again. Trayce Macon and Nehemiah Simpkins are a solid inside-out combo, and guard Lamorya Daniels could be the difference. The Pirates match up well with Port Charlotte, which has just one player taller than 6-2.


WHO: Cardinal Mooney (9-16)

at St. Petersburg Catholic (24-3)

SKINNY: Minus a loss to St. Petersburg, the Barons closed out their season playing great ball. Aaron Holmes and Ed Rolax are getting a lot of help from their supporting cast. SPC needs to be careful not to look ahead to next week and a potential meeting and rematch from last year's state semifinals against No. 1 Florida Air.


WHO: Keswick (18-9)

at St. John Neumann (13-14).

SKINNY: Keswick, in the playoffs for the first time since 1998, has flown under the radar this season but could surprise some people in the playoffs. Ben Paul had 16 in the district final, and Tony Anderson led the way in the semifinals, so look for another balanced Crusader attack. The Celtics pulled off an upset to win their district.


WHO: Bradenton Prep (18-11)

at Oldsmar Christian (18-6).

SKINNY: Two of the most controversial programs around meet up. Bradenton Prep was winless last year, but new coach and former Admiral Farragut assistant Tommy Brown has turned it around and recently added Jermaine and Tremaine McKenzie, who played football last fall for SPC but are eligible. The Eagles are more talented, and may be finally putting it together.

WHO: Calvary Christian (19-9)

at Bradenton Christian (23-1)

SKINNY: The Warriors' first trip to the playoffs nets them the No. 4 Panthers, who have made the region championship the past two seasons. Calvary is led by 6-8 center Kevin Cantinol, who almost carried his team to a district title before fouling out.

- JOHN C. COTEY, Times staff writer