Roundup: Union County advances
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:32 a.m.
The Union County boys basketball team stayed alive in the Class 1A playoffs with a 86-68 win Tuesday at The Villages in the Region 4 semifinals.
Tuesday's regional semifinal scores
Class 6A, Region 2
Gainesville 74, Leesburg 66
Class 5A, Region 1
Tallahassee Rickards 71, Suwannee 58
Class 5A, Region 2
Palatka 66, Eastside 58
Class 4A, Region 2
Williston 72, Fort White 68
Class 3A, Region 1
Father Lopez 75, St. Francis 39
Class 1A, Region 3
Hawthorne 73, Melody Christian 55
Class 1A, Region 4
Union County 86, The Villages 68
Senior Shaimea Maeweather led the Tigers with 24 points and was one of four Union County players in double figures. Fellow guard Keldric Bradley added 17 points and also posted a team-high seven rebounds.
“We just played really energetic throughout the whole game with our defense,” Tigers coach Rufus Jefferson said. “We were more athletic than they were so our main thing was to crash the boards.”
The Tigers were also effective behind the 3-point line with Maeweather draining five of his team's 10 3-pointers.
Union County (16-12) plays at district rival Baldwin on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers lost to the Indians 66-62 in the District 7 final on Feb. 9
PALATKA 66, EASTSIDE 58: At Palatka, the Rams finished winless against their District 6-5A rivals in four games this season after falling behind early in Tuesday's Class 5A, Region 2 semifinal.
The Panthers, who held a 20-7 lead in the first quarter, played lethargic basketball in the second half and found themselves down 44-40 with 1:45 to go in the third quarter after Eastside guard Sir Jackson (15 points, nine rebounds, three steals) finished off a 3-point play.
The Rams (13-16) had one more run in them and cut the lead to 59-57 on another 3-point play by Tim Norman (21 points, three rebounds) with 2:03 to go. But a layup by Datavian Thomas (16 points) and a basket by Travis Brown put the Panthers up 63-58 with 53 seconds to go, all but clinching the victory.
Palatka (25-4) advances to Saturday's regional final, where it play at Eustis (19-9) at 7 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE RICKARDS 71, SUWANNEE 58: At Tallahassee, Jimmie Taylor III led all scorers with 24 points but could not overtake Rickards in the Class 5A, Region 1 semifinal.
The host Raiders jumped out to a 24-12 advantage after the first quarter and defeated their district rival for the third time this season.
Deangelo Ross also reached double figures for the Bulldogs with 13 points.
Sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes scored 11 points and hauled in a team-high 8 rebounds.
Suwannee ends its season at 19-7, while Rickards (19-10) advances to Saturday's regional finals at Jacksonville Bishop Kenny.
DAYTONA BEACH FATHER LOPEZ 75, ST. FRANCIS 39: At Daytona Beach, the host Green Wave forced 19 turnovers to cruise past the Wolves in the Class 3A, Region 1 semifinal.
St. Francis was led in scoring by senior center Lamine Mbodj's eight points but did not have any players in double figures against Father Lopez's stifling defense.
The Wolves (23-6) were bounced from the postseason a week after earning their first FHSAA playoff win in school history.
The Green Wave (27-2) advance to host Jacksonville Providence, which defeated Jacksonville Trinity Christian 67-37 Tuesday, in Saturday's regional finals at 7 p.m..
The Palatka Daily News and Daytona Beach News-Journal contributed to this report.