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By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The wait is over. The 49th season of boys’ basketball at Miramar High ended the way it started, with a convincing victory. Led by forward Deshawn Jean-Charles 25 points, the Patriots won the schools first boys state basketball championship with a 66-51 victory over Seminole in a Class…

March 9, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – Dillard was in an all to familiar position to extend a game into a second overtime. Unfortunately, no miracle would be bestowed to the Panthers as it was in their semifinal victory that advanced them to the Class 6A state championship against Bartow. Down by three and with…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The stars seemed aligned that the Pembroke Pines Charter boys’ basketball team had a state championship waiting for them. One more victory to complete an historic season was inevitable. Or it appeared. All season the Jaguars offense countered was what thrown at them, but on Saturday they didn’t…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – In exactly one full calendar year the Stranahan High boys’ basketball team has done the improbable. After taking the Dragons 62 years to hoist the championship trophy, they did it again on Saturday at the RP Funding Center by defeating Tampa Catholic 71-64 for the Class 4A state…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – Fort 35 years John O’Connell has coached the boys’ basketball team at St. Andrew’s. In the time since his arrival he had led the Scots to three state finals over the previous three decades. Finally, he and 2019-20 St. Andrew’ team can call themselves State Champions. Senior forward…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – Certainly this wasn’t what the Forest Hill boys’ basketball team envisioned. A season of hope and promise to win the school’s first state championship came to a crashing end following an 80-59 loss to Seminole in a Class 7A state semifinal at the RP Funding Center on Friday….

March 6, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The Miramar High boys basketball program fits into one of the categories of close, closer and finally. The Patriots had made two previous trips to the state semifinals only to fall short. The third attempt was the finally as they advanced to the Class 7A state championship with…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The Pembroke Pines Charter boys’ basketball has been waiting what seems like forever to make it to the state tournament. Now that they’ve made it, they might as well play for the championship. Led by senior guard Dallas Graziani’s 29 points, the Jaguars defeated Naples 81-71 in a…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The Stranahan boys basketball team didn’t need 62 years to play for another state championship. Just 365 days. The Dragons in their bid to win back-to-back titles, defeated Paxon 59-54 in a Class 4A state semifinal at RP Funding Center on Thursday. Stranahan (23-9) will play Tampa Catholic,…

March 5, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – In the 35 years John O’Connell has been the coach of the boys’ basketball team at St. Andrew’s he’s led now to four state finals following the 68-58 victory over Chaminade-Madonna on Wednesday. Now the Scots need to win one for the veteran coach. St. Andrew’s was led…