[UPDATED SCORES 7:23AM 2/24/21] 2021 #PBCHOOPS Regional Semifinal Preview and Predictions ALL South Florida (2A-7A)
Only six #PBCHOOPS teams remain on the Road to Lakeland, all of which have won state titles in their respective program history.
In addition all six teams ended the regular season ranked in the final Public and Private Schools #PBCHOOPSTOP5 Poll:
#1's Martin County & Grandview Prep
#2 Saint Andrew's
#4's Wellington & Atlantic Christian
We now move to Regional Sweet 16 tournament, here's a breakdown of the regions for all South Florida teams including predictions from master prognosticator RMF Magazine co-founder Jean-Camille Dubuisson (who went 24-3 last week) and long time #PBCHOOPS contributor Derrick Franklin:
Regional Playoff Preview and Predictions
Last Week Pick Record: #PBCHOOPS 20-7 D Franklin 19-8 RMF 24-3
All games 7PM Tuesday February 23, 2021. Host team is listed last/second.
Atlantic Christian 50 vs Grandview Prep 60
Intriguing matchup of two teams playing extremely well at moment. Atlantic Christian has won 6 straight after starting the season 3-4. Grandview Prep ended the season #1 in the #PBCHOOPS Private School poll but has flown under the radar attracting very little attention. The winner of this game is in the driver seat on the Road to Lakeland.
RMF Prediction: Grandview Prep
DF Prediction: Grandview Prep
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Grandview Prep
Winner: Grandview Prep
Brito 68 vs Miami Christian 40
Although the southern part of the 2A bracket hasn't looked as powerful as years past, Miami Christian still finds itself two wins away from a Final Four trip. In its way is Brito which has been the top team all season in 2A down souh.
RMF Prediction: Brito
DF Prediction: Miami Christian
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miami Christian
Holy Trinity 44 vs Santa Fe Catholic 65
DF Prediction: Santa Fe
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Santa Fe
Winner: Santa Fe
Saint Andrew's 58 vs Calvary Christian 61
Heavy weight battle of two teams that have been on a collision course since early summer. Calvary Christian is looking to head back to Lakeland for the first time since its 2017 state title. Saint Andrew's is confident and has the ace in the hole Josh Minnott. Both teams have played monster competition all season and are battle tested. This will be a highly competitive game with great talent.
RMF Prediction: Calvary Christian
DF Prediction: Calvary Christian
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Saint Andrew's
Winner: Calvary Christian
Chaminade-Madonna 59 vs Miami Country Day 65
Chaminade is looking for a repeat trip to Lakeland with a completely different staff this year headed by Melvin Randall. Miami Country Day started off rocky but has closed the season winning its last 5 games. Chaminade has won its last 6 games.
RMF Prediction: Chaminade
DF Prediction: Chaminade
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miami Country Day
Winner: Miami Country Day
Archbishop Carroll 69 vs Florida Christian 68
Archbishop Carroll picked up a big win over Westminster Christian to advance to the semifinal round. Now take on a Florida Christian squad that has been one of the top teams in South Florida all season.
RMF Prediction: Florida Christian
DF Prediction: Florida Christian
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Archbishop Carroll
Winner: Archbishop Carroll
North Broward Prep 38 vs Pine Crest 68
Pine Crest has lost only once all season and is currently on a 14 game win streak. North Broward Prep has come a long way this season, not sure if they have enough to take down this Pine Crest powerhouse.
RMF Prediction: Pine Crest
DF Prediction: Pine Crest
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Pine Crest
Winner: Pine Crest
Miami Edison vs North Miami Beach
Rematch of the 15-4A district championship game which North Miami Beach won by 20 points.
RMF Prediction: North Miami Beach
DF Prediction: North Miami Beach
#PBCHOOPS Prediction North Miami Beach
Pines Charter 63 vs Boyd Anderson 35 (@Flanagan HS)
Pines Charter has had Boyd Anderson's number recently having won 3 straight in decisive fashion. Boyd Anderson look impressive in its quarterfinal game dismantling a young but talented Suncoast squad last week.
RMF Prediction: Pines Charter
DF Prediction: Boyd Anderson
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Pines Charter
Winner: Pines Charter
Miami Norland 68 vs Miami Northwestern 45
Northwestern stumbled into the playoffs losing three of four to end the regular season but has bounced back nicely to win four in a row. Norland has won its last four games by an average margin of victory 31.5 points.
RMF Prediction: Miami Norland
DF Prediction: Miami Norland
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miami Norland
Winner: Miami Norland
Martin County 70 vs Dillard 50
BIG TIME matchup and a rematch of last years 4-6A semifinal that Dillard won 86-72 on its way to the 6A State Championship game. This time around Martin County is undefeated and on a 20 game win streak. Both teams play smothering defense and have size. Tough call.
RMF Prediction: Martin County
DF Prediction: Martin County
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Dillard
Winner: Martin County
Mater Academy 55 vs Doral Academy 53 (@iMater Prep)
Another rematch from last years regional playoff. Mater Academy has won the last 5 meetings the most recent being the closest margin of victory thus far 51-44.
RMF Prediction: Mater Academy
DF Prediction: Mater Academy
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Mater Academy
Winner: Mater Academy
Wellington 46 vs Dwyer 52
Wellington is looking for payback after Dwyer came from behind to win a close game last month. Now the stakes are as high as it gets with the winner one step closer from advancing to state.
RMF Prediction: Wellington
DF Prediction: Dwyer
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Wellington
Coral Springs 58 vs Monarch 55
Coral Springs is back in familiar territory with Devin Barta at the helm. The Colts looking to avenge 3 point loss to Monarch in the 12-7A championship game less than 2 weeks ago.
RMF Prediction: Coral Springs
DF Prediction: Monarch
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Coral Springs
Winner: Coral Springs
Western 64 vs Miramar 58
Miramar and Western looked like the teams to beat down south all season, now they face off for the chance to advance. Miramar looking strong to make a repeat trip to Lakeland.
RMF Prediction: Miramar
DF Prediction: Miramar
#PBCHOOPS Prediction Miramar
Columbus vs TBD
Looks like the Palmetto vs Coral Gables 4-7A regional quarterfinal game will be played after all on Friday February 26th. The winner of that game plays Columbus on Saturday February 27th. The 4-7A Regional Final game will be played on Monday March 1, 2021.
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