Area basketball tournaments set to tip-off

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

Beginning today at Buchholz with the Rob Moramarco Girls Basketball Challenge and continuing Saturday with the Dante Anderson Memorial Invitational at Eastside, there will be plenty of high school hoops in the area featuring teams from around the state.

At 3 p.m. today, unbeaten and Class 6A No. 6 Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee (18-0), led by Florida State guard signee Brittney Brown, faces 7A Lutz Steinbrenner (16-2) at Bud Seymour Gymnasium to open a five-game slate at the Moramarco Challenge. Gainesville (13-1), ranked No. 1 in 6A by MaxPreps, takes on 7A No. 10 Tampa Freedom (15-1) at 6 p.m., and host Buchholz (13-3), ranked No. 1 in 7A, faces No. 4 Palm Beach Lakes at 7:30 p.m.

The Bobcats will play Steinbrenner on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., while the Hurricanes will cap the 10-game event against Melbourne Central Catholic at 8.

At Eastside on Saturday will be the sixth annual Dante Anderson Memorial Invitational, a one-day event put on by Florida Prospects in honor of the former Rams standout who died tragically in a car accident in 2007. Six games are on tap with five area teams participating.

Williston takes on Lake Minneola at 12:30 p.m., and The Rock will face 2A No. 1 Jacksonville North Florida Educational Institute at 3:30 p.m. Hawthorne, ranked No. 3 in 1A, will play 8A Miami Southridge at 5 p.m., followed by Gainesville against 5A No. 1 Lake Wales at 6:30 and host Eastside facing 6A No. 4 Miami Norland at 8 p.m.

Girls basketball

Rob Moramarco Girls Basketball Challenge

at Buchholz


3 p.m. — Fort Walton Beach Choctaw vs. Lutz Steinbrenner

4:30 p.m. — Tallahassee Florida High vs. Winter Haven

6 p.m. — Gainesville vs. Tampa Freedom

7:30 p.m. — Buchholz vs. Palm Beach Lakes

9 p.m. — Melbourne Central Catholic vs. Bartow


Noon — Palm Beach Lakes vs. Haines City

1:30 p.m. — Bartow vs. Choctaw

3 p.m. — Winter Haven vs. Freedom

5 p.m. — Florida High vs. Orlando Jones

6:30 p.m. — Buchholz vs. Steinbrenner

8 p.m. — Gainesville vs. Melbourne Central Catholic

Boys basketball

Sixth annual Dante Anderson Memorial Invitational

at Eastside


12:30 p.m. — Lake Minneola vs. Williston

2 p.m. — Deltona vs. Leesburg

3:30 p.m. — North Florida Educational Institute vs. The Rock

5 p.m. — Miami Southridge vs. Hawthorne

6:30 p.m. — Lake Wales vs. Gainesville

8 p.m. — Miami Norland vs. Eastside

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