[UPDATED SCORES 7:30 AM] 2021 #PBCHOOPS Regional Quarterfinal Preview & Predictions ALL South Florida (2A-7A)
District championship playoff week saw plenty of lower seeds beat teams seeded higher. While some were "upsets" for the most part they were just corrections of a flawed computer ranking system (with no human factor) used by the FHSAA that didn't have enough game data to properly rank the teams. Now that the state tournament field is set here's a breakdown of the regions for all South Florida teams including predictions from RMF Magazine co-founder Jean-Camille Dubuisson and long time #PBCHOOPS contributor Derrick Franklin:
Regional Playoff Preview and Predictions
Last Week Pick Record: #PBCHOOPS 15-12 D Franklin 15-12 RMF 15-12
All games 7PM Thursday February 18, 2021. Higher Seed Hosts.
Grandview Prep 71 vs Berean Christian 47
Grandview Prep picked up a big time win Friday night to secure its 18th straight district championship following the loss of senior PG AJ Gilles earlier in the week to a torn ACL. Senior Makye Boles and junior PG Gunner Walters were huge in the win over a tough Highlands Christian squad Friday night. Grandview will need to contain Berean sharp shooter Andrew Kruppenbacher to advance.
RMF Prediction: Grandview Prep
DF Prediction: Grandview Prep
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Grandview Prep
Winner: Grandview Prep
Highlands Christian 49 vs Atlantic Christian 52
On the other side of the bracket Atlantic Christian continued it's dominance with a 30 point victory over Berean Christian in the 13-2A title game. Now the Sharks host a dangerous Highlands Christian team that has size, shooters and strong guard play. The winner gets the winner of Grandview Prep and Berean Christian.
RMF Prediction: Highlands Christian
DF Prediction: Highlands Christian
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Atlantic Christian
Winner: Atlantic Christian
Sheridan Hills 45 vs Miami Christian 65
Down south Sheridan Hills is a surprise district winner and takes on historically solid Miami Christian program. Hard to pick against Miami Christian.
RMF Prediction: Miami Christian
DF Prediction: Miami Christian
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miami Christian
Winner: Miami Christian
Brito 54 vs Champagnat Catholic 42
Brito takes the 16-2A district title and faces off against Champagnat. Winner of the 15 & 16 group of four will need to defeat a tough team from the northern part of the bracket.
RMF Prediction: Brito
DF Prediction: Champagnat
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Brito
Santa Fe Catholic 49 vs West Shore 42
RMF Prediction: Santa Fe
DF Prediction: Santa Fe
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Santa Fe
Winner: Santa Fe
Holy Trinity 63 vs Lakeland Christian 58
RMF Prediction: Holy Trinity
DF Prediction: Holy Trinity
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Holy Trinity
Winner: Holy Trinity
Saint Andrew's 63 vs Westminster Academy 56
Saint Andrew's has a tough road to repeating as state champions. In order to have a chance they first must defeat a program familiar with repeating, Westminster Academy won 3 straight titles from 2017-19.
RMF Prediction: Saint Andrew’s
DF Prediction: Westminster Academy
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Saint Andrew's
Winner: Saint Andrew’s
Calvary Christian 78 vs Jupiter Christian 63
Jupiter Christian is a year away from potentially being a contender in this region.
RMF Prediction: Calvary Christian
DF Prediction: Calvary Christian
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Calvary Christian
Winner: Calvary Christian
SLAM 52 vs Chaminade-Madonna 71
Miami Country Day 81 vs Somerset Central Miramar 29
Winner: Miami Country Day
Florida Christian 81 vs Palmer Trinity 46
Winner: Florida Christian
Archbishop Carroll 56 vs Westminster Christian 53
Winner: Archbishop Carroll
Pine Crest 82 vs Hallandale 51
Pine Crest seems destined to end up in Lakeland, twins Amen and Ausor Thompson are playing at a high level. Hallandale has had a great season thus far but are facing an uphill climb in this one.
RMF Prediction: Pine Crest
DF Prediction: Pine Crest
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Pine Crest
Winner: Pine Crest
Somerset Academy 40 vs North Broward Prep 64
North Broward Prep has bounced back very well after a shaky start to the season. They will have their hands full with Somerset's Jonathan Renoit. Winner still has a tough road.
RMF Prediction: North Broward Prep
DF Prediction: North Broward Prep
#PBCHOOPS Prediction North Broward Prep
Winner: North Broward Prep
LaSalle L vs North Miami Beach W
North Miami Beach was the #4 seed in 15-4A and easily won the district title. Lasalle came up just short as the #6 seed in 16-4A.
RMF Prediction: North Miami Beach
DF Prediction: LaSalle
#PBCHOOPS Prediction North Miami Beach
Winner: North Miami Beach
Sunset L vs Edison W
Sunset took 16-4A as the #5 seed. Edison looks to bounce back after a 20 point loss in the district championship game to North Miami Beach.
RMF Prediction: Edison
DF Prediction: Edison
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Edison
Suncoast 51 vs Boyd Anderson 59
The young guns at Suncoast came up huge last week defeating nemesis Okeechobee at the buzzer in a win or go home district semifinal game. Boyd Anderson has sputtered a bit after a hot start to the season. The Cobras have all the pieces to make a deep run but Suncoast can match them in athleticism and size. This game could come down to experience, BA is senior laden while the Chargers core is predominantly underclassmen.
RMF Prediction: Suncoast
DF Prediction: Boyd Anderson
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Suncoast
Winner: Boyd Anderson
Pines Charter 69 vs Jensen Beach 42
Pines Charter looks ready to make another run to Lakeland, great guard play and athleticism led by Elijah Wyche and Geoffrey Sprouse. Jensen Beach will need to play it's best game to have a chance to advance.
RMF Prediction: Pines Charter
DF Prediction: Pines Charter
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Pines Charter
Winner: Pines Charter
Norland 59 vs Belen 35
Norland is rolling right now and has some very talented youngsters making big time contributions. Belen is coming of a tough loss in district championship to Northwestern. This could be one of the best games in South Florida Thursday night.
RMF Prediction: Norland
DF Prediction: Norland
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Norland
Miami Northwestern 82 vs Hialeah 48
Northwestern looks to build off it's district championship win over Belen last week.
RMF Prediction: Miami Northwestern
DF Prediction: Miami Northwestern
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miami Northwestern
Winner: Miami Northwestern
Martin County 53 vs Saint Thomas Aquinas 32
Martin County has been playing on a different level all season. Now with the return of junior "Mr. Everything" Ryan Davis the Tigers look to make a run at a state title. Saint Thomas Aquinas was another lower seed that advanced to the district championship and has made a nice run to end the season.
RMF Prediction: Martin County
DF Prediction: Martin County
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Martin County
Winner: Martin County
Dillard 66 vs Olympic Heights 58
Olympic Heights suffered it's first loss of the season in the 13-6A district championship game to Martin County. That loss puts them on the road against Dillard. The Panthers have size, play hard nosed defense and are coming together at just the right time. Tough draw for Olympic Heights.
RMF Prediction: Dillard
DF Prediction: Olympic Heights
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Olympic Heights
North Miami 58 vs Doral Academy 69
North Miami continues its winning ways taking home another district title. Doral Academy has been playing well to end the season. This should be another competitive game.
RMF Prediction: Doral Academy
DF Prediction: Doral Academy
#PBCHOOPS Prediction North Miami
Winner: Doral Academy
McArthur 51 vs Mater Academy 55
Mater Academy looks like a team on a mission. They have all the pieces to make a serious run a state title. McArthur has been up and down all season but you can expect the team to play its best at this time of the year.
RMF Prediction: Mater Academy
DF Prediction: Mater Academy
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Mater Academy
Winner: Mater Academy
Vero Beach 49 vs Wellington 57
Wellington suffered a heartbreaker at the hands of Forest Hill in the district championship. Now the Wolverines must pick up the pieces and head north to face a Vero Beach squad that has been flying under the radar despite being one of the top ranked teams in 7A all season. The Wellington "Big 3" of Christopher Walker, Jordan Johnson and Will Vanhook will need to perform for the Wolverines to have a chance to move on to the next round.
RMF Prediction: Wellington
DF Prediction: Wellington
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Wellington
Dwyer 68 vs Forest Hill 63
This matchup was destined to happen, both teams knowing they would need to go through each other on the road to state. Forest Hill won the first meeting this season but Dwyer is a different team now. Forest Hill has bounced back nicely after stumbling late in the regular season. Expect big things from seniors Donovan Draper and Jalen Jeter for Forest Hill, for Dwyer Rodrick Johnson will need a big game. There is a lot on the line for both teams.
RMF Prediction: Dwyer
DF Prediction: Forest Hill
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Forest Hill
Lake Worth 53 vs Coral Springs 54
Lake Worth has been proving the doubters wrong all season and looks like a team on a mission. Senior Maurice Campbell has been playing at a high level, leading a young group of talented sophomores led by Calvin Sirmans and Marvin Golf. Now the Trojans play an old Palm Beach County nemesis in Coral Springs led by head coach Devin Barta. This will be a highly competitive matchup.
RMF Prediction: Lake Worth
DF Prediction: Lake Worth
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Lake Worth
Winner: Coral Springs
Santaluces 63 vs Monarch 70
Santaluces had it's 12 game win streak snapped Friday night and looks to regroup. Monarch took care of business as the #1 seed in 12-7A and has a talented group of players led by sophomore Kellen Cashman.
RMF Prediction: Monarch
DF Prediction: Santaluces
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Santaluces
Western 68 vs Everglades 41
Western has been solid all season and look like they are on a collision course with Miramar.
RMF Prediction: Western
DF Prediction: Western
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Western
Miramar 53 vs Cypress Bay 52
Miramar looks to have picked up where they left off last season. Cypress Bay suffered a close loss in the 13-7A district title game Friday night to Western and now must bounce back to take on the defending state champs.
RMF Prediction: Miramar
DF Prediction: Miramar
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miramar
Palmetto W vs Coral Gables L
Coral Gables has been flying high all season and is on an 8 game win streak. Palmetto will need to shake off the loss last Friday to Ferguson in the 16-7A district championship
RMF Prediction: Coral Gables
DF Prediction: Coral Gables
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Palmetto
Ferguson 51 vs Columbus 66
Ferguson has hit the hot streak at the right time winning its last 3 games to make it to the regional round. Columbus lost a tough one to Coral Gables and looks to bounce back.
RMF Prediction: Columbus
DF Prediction: Columbus
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Ferguson
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