Boys basketball: Area district champions — Feb. 16

The boys basketball district tournaments ended last week. Here is the list of area champions, all of which secured a spot in the playoffs with most hosting a region quarterfinal match tonight.

Class 7A, District 9

Winter Haven

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 2 in the class and No. 3 overall in the state by MaxPreps, extended their win streak to eight games with an 83-45 win over Plant City in the title game. 

Damian Jones scored a team-high 19 points for the Raiders. 

Class 7A, District 10


The Panthers got payback for a loss to East Lake in last year’s district semifinals by beating the Eagles 51-43 in the title game. 

Down 9-8, Plant took control by outscoring East Lake 16-4 in the second quarter for a double digit halftime lead. 

Dillon Costello scored 21 points and Will Willard added 18 to lead the Panthers to their district title since 2008 and extend the team’s current win streak to eight games. 

Class 7A, District 11


After going 2-2 in their final four regular season games, the Wolves put it together at the right time to take home the title. 

In the final, Newsome beat Sumner for the second time this season. 

Class 6A, District 4

Wiregrass Ranch

The Bulls won their second title in school history. Better still, they did it by beating Mitchell 70-67 in the final to exact revenge from a loss earlier this season. 

In the final, Wiregrass Ranch jumped out to a 22-14 lead in the first quarter, giving the Bulls enough of a cushion to hold on for their fifth straight win. 

Four players – Preston Linville (17 points), Amari Jenkins (16), Wyatt Stoneroad (12) and KJ Smith (11) – reached double figures in scoring for Wiregrass Ranch. 

Class 6A, District 9


The Falcons, winners of six straight games, kept their current streak intact by beating Wharton 68-62 in the final for their first title since 1995. 

It was Leto’s second straight victory over the Wildcats, which was key in helping the Falcons secure the top seed in the region. 

Daniel Delgardo III (31 points), Derek Delgardo Jr. (19) and Qu’mar Hobbs (12) were the top three scorers for Leto. 

Class 6A, District 10


The Tigers kept their late-season momentum going with a 72-55 win over Tampa Bay Tech in the title game. 

Class 5A, District 6

Wesley Chapel

The Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Wiregrass Ranch in the regular season finale to win the title. 

Wesley Chapel won both tournament games by double digits, including a 67-55 victory over Zephyrhills in the final. 

The win averaged a loss to the Bulldogs last month. 

Ethan Hicks led the Wildcats with 27 points and seven rebounds in the title game, followed by Trey Murray (14 points, five assists and five steals) and Mathys Coulibaly (10 points, seven rebounds).  

Class 5A, District 8


The Yellow Jackets are one of the hottest teams in the area. 

They outlasted Jesuit in a 49-45 overtime thriller in the final for their 13th straight win. That streak started with a two-point loss to the Tigers last month. 

King Asad was the only player from Blake to reach double figures in scoring in the championship game, finishing with 19 points. 

Class 5A, District 9


After watching Osceola win the title last year, the Warhawks were determined not to let that happen again. 

Seminole continued its dominance over its neighboring rival, beating Osceola 45-32 in the final. 

Colin Way scored a team-high 21 points for the Warhawks in the title game. 

Class 5A, District 10

St. Petersburg

Trailing by 15 points with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Green Devils stormed back to force a tie at the end of regulation, then beat Bradenton Southeast in overtime for the title. 

St. Petersburg heads into the playoffs on a five-game win streak. 

Quez Curry led the comeback in the championship game by finishing with a team-high 29 points. 

Class 4A, District 9


The Bears won their second straight title, beating Weeki Wachee 83-50 in the final. 

Central has won eight of its last nine games, the lone loss coming against East Lake in the regular season finale. 

Braden Joyner recorded his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in a semifinal win over Hernando. 

Class 4A, District 10 


The Gladiators beat neighboring rival Lakewood for the third time this season to take home the title. 

Defense played a big role. Gibbs held the Spartans to 54 points or less in all three meetings. The lowest came in a 50-44 victory in the district final. 

Jacob Daniels finished with a team-high 26 points, including 5-of-7 in free throws. 

Class 3A, District 7 

Bell Creek Academy

The Panthers, who entered a district for the first time this season, won the title with a 44-31 victory over Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic in the final. 

That extended Bell Creek Academy’s win streak to six games. 

Jermal Jones and Caleb Sanders each scored 15 points in the final. 

Class 3A, District 9 

Tampa Catholic

The Crusaders got payback for a loss to Berkeley Prep in the regular season by beating their rival 60-50 in the final. 

The title also helped propel Tampa Catholic, a defending state semifinalist, to the top seed in the region. 

Karter Knox had a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Eddrin Bronson scored 12 points, including hitting all eight of his free throws, in the championship game.  

Class 3A, District 10

Calvary Christian

The Warriors were dominant in the tournament, winning each of their two games by at least 27 points, including a 70-38 rout over Northside Christian in the final. 

Since a one-point loss to Canterbury last month, Calvary Christian has won six straight games, all by 20 or more points. 

Four players – Daniel Macgregor (21 points), Ace Taylor (18), Davin Long (15) and Dominic Sarigumba (10) – all reached double figures in scoring for the Warriors in the title game. 

Class 2A, District 5 

Zephyrhills Christian

The Warriors continued their midseason turnaround by beating Sarasota Christian 75-70 for the title. 

After starting 3-5, Zephyrhills Christian has won seven of its last nine games. 

In the semifinals, Trey Jones had 16 points and five rebounds to lead the Warriors past Academy at the Lakes. 

Class 2A, District 9

Tampa SLAM

The Spartans took home a title in their first season of district play thanks to an 84-37 win over Foundation Christian in the final. 

Tampa SLAM enters the playoffs on a nine-game win streak. 

Ramone Seals, who set the school’s single season assist record earlier in the tournament, led the Spartans with 21 points and five assist in the title game. 

Class 2A, District 10


Playing a challenge schedule against teams in higher classifications paid off for the Crusaders, who won the title by beating Admiral Farragut 72-62 in the final. 

Tytan Moore scored a team-high 21 points for Canterbury, followed by Syrjieo Flowers with 18, Devin Hayes with 14 and Jordan Naylor with 14.