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St. Francis-Tallahassee Florida A&M Regional Final Hoops Preview

The Tallahassee Florida A&M Baby Rattlers take on the St. Francis Catholic Academy Wolves in the Class 3A regional final Tuesday night. The neutral site match-up starts at 7:00 PM.

Game Preview

Florida A&M enters this game on a four-game winning streak after dispatching Trinity Christian Academy on Thursday 72-53. St. Francis comes into the game having won three in a row and having defeated North Florida Christian 53-32 in their first match-up of the tournament on Thursday.

Records

While the Baby Rattlers come in with a stronger season record of 19-9 than the Wolves’ 14-14, both of the teams have posted losing records when playing neutral site games. Florida A&M sits at 2-3 while St. Francis possesses a 3-5 record in such contests. Additionally, the Wolves are 6-0 in their district while the Baby Rattlers posted a 9-1 district record.

The Players

St. Francis enters the contest with six seniors while Florida A&M comes into the game sporting a total of eight seniors. Despite the large amount of veteran experience on the the Baby Rattlers, though, their highest scorer is freshman guard A’drelin Robinson, who is scoring 14 points per game. Senior forward Antoine Dawson has also contributed solid minutes to Florida A&M, scoring 10.4 points a game. The Wolves’ most dynamic scorer, on the other hand, is senior point guard Nick Baskin Jr., who has poured on 15.3 points per contest. St. Francis’ second highest scoring player, senior forward Sebastian Lora Arm, has given the Wolves 8.6 points per game.

Closing Thoughts

While both schools appear to possess their own advantages (whether it is highest scoring player or overall record), this looks to be a hard-fought regional match-up. St. Francis head coach Isaac Selva and Florida A&M head coach Sean Crowe will need to shut down the other’s star player if either hopes to overcome their less than ideal neutral site records.

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