The Gainesville High School Hurricanes boys basketball team will face the Orlando Edgewater High School Eagles in the 6A state semifinals today at 2:30 in the Lakeland Civic Center. Gainesville High beat Wolfson (Jacksonville), 72-67, in the regional finals to advance to the semifinals.
“We anticipated, based on the offseason, we had a chance to have a good season. To make it to the playoffs is very difficult to do, we felt make we had the talent to get to Lakeland, but understood that it was going to be an uphill battle,” said Gainesville High head coach Kelly Beckham.
Gainesville High School went 27-3 overall and 9-2 in neutral sites to get to the regional finals.
“These are great young men, they have very high character. The chemistry of this group of players is unbelievable and I think that has been a huge factor and how far we’ve been able to make it. They have given up a lot of personal goals to achieve this team goal,” said Beckham.
Edgewater beat Deltona, 61-54, to get to the state semifinals. They are have an overall record of 26-5 and are 5-2 in neutral sites.
“Very talented team, have three super players, and a lighting quick guard that makes their team go and a great three point shooter. I think he’s shooting like 48 percent behind the arc. He’s going to be tough to handle and they’ve got a FAMU signee that shoots the three well,” Beckham said describing Edgewater.
Beckham said the keys to beating Edgewater are rebounding and getting off into transition once they do have the rebound.
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