Lee’s first boys basketball playoff appearance in seven years continues for another week.
Samuel Ricks scored 18 points and Sadarious Aaron added 13 for Lee, which defeated Gainesville Buchholz 59-54 on Thursday in the Region 1-8A quarterfinals. Trent Whittemore scored 28 points for the Bobcats (14-13).
The Generals will play Creekside (25-3), which returned to the regional semis with a 59-45 win over visiting Atlantic Coast. J’Michael Plummer dominated on offense for the Knights, scoring 23 points. The Stingrays conclude at 11-16.
St. Augustine’s season also ended in a 65-53 loss at Ocala Vanguard (22-6). The Yellow Jackets finish at 16-12.
Ribault boosted its winning streak to 11, rolling 66-32 past Baker County in Thursday’s opener. Miles Wilson scored 19 points and Ryan Wallace had 17 for the Trojans (23-6). Wesley Belford and Cameron Mobley scored 12 each for the Wildcats (14-9). The Trojans next have a rematch of the district final against Parker, which defeated Orange Park 53-39. Malcolm Richardson (22 points) and G’Shan Aldridge (14 points) led the Braves, now 22-3. Blake Partin scored 12 points for the Raiders (13-14).
Palatka advanced to the regional semis with a 57-53 win against Gainesville Eastside (11-12). The Panthers (20-8) will next meet Alachua Santa Fe.
Josh Battle’s 15 points led four Raines players in double figures in a 74-58 victory against Interlachen. Darius McCorker, Matthew Drayton and Kamaree Noble all scored 11 or more for the Vikings (19-9). The Rams finish 14-14. Raines will face Bradford (13-14) next. The Tornadoes knocked off Jackson 63-51 on Thursday. The Tigers finished the season 15-11.
Three-time state champion Providence cruised to win its 15th playoff opener in 16 tries, beating Tallahassee Maclay 92-54. Zack Bryant scored 25 points to leapfrog into fourth place on Northeast Florida’s career scoring list, and four others hit double figures for the Stallions (23-5). Bryant now has 2,216 career points, and moved past Bishop Kenny’s Roger Strickland (2,000) and Jackson’s James Collins (2,212). They’ll next meet P.K. Yonge, which narrowly defeated Bishop Snyder 56-55 on Byron Smith’s two free throws with 6.4 seconds to go led the Cardinals (15-12), who fought back from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit in their second playoff trip.
Temple Christian hammered Tallavana Christian 73-26 in Thursday’s opener. The Soldiers (24-3) will face Aucilla Christian in the regional finals. Christ’s Church exited the playoffs in the first round for the third straight year, losing 68-61 at Aucilla (9-11). The Eagles finish at 20-10.
Harvest Community’s season ended in a 66-29 loss at Tampa Bayshore Christian (20-3). The Warriors (11-17) remained close through halftime, but were outscored 31-3 in the third quarter.