Bishop Verot knocked St. Petersburg Catholic out of the playoffs last season with a buzzer-beating shot in the region quarterfinals.
For a moment Thursday, it looked like the Barons would be struck down the same way. But this time the shot, a wide-open 3-pointer by Bishop Verot's Jacquard Hagan, hit both rims and bounced out for the Vikings, preserving a 56-55 Barons victory.
The Barons (17-8), who lost 62-60 in last year's quarterfinal, move on to play back in Fort Myers against Dunbar on Tuesday.
SPC's Tracy Parks did not miss when he had his chance to win. Parks, who scored a game-high 20, drove the lane and threw up a scoop shot between two Verot players that rolled around the rim before falling in for a one-point lead with 11.9 seconds remaining.
"I just flicked it up there," Parks said. "I've been practicing. We run this play where I drive and I've been practicing putting up all kinds of shots."
The Barons' shooting was almost non-existent for most of the second half, as they hit just six field goals. What they did do was convert 12 of 16 free throws and 16-of-22 for the game, to stay ahead.
"We're about a 55 percent shooting team from the line and tonight we were about 80," SPC coach Mike Moran said.