District tournaments for boys basketball take place this week as area teams look to earn hardware and secure their berths into the state tournament.
While it has been another season with several local teams well over .500, only a few teams heading into the week appear locked in to play next week regardless of the outcomes of the district tournaments.
Centennial is the highest ranked area team at No. 34 in the state but in a tough Region 2-7A is only ranked fifth. Treasure Coast at No. 74 in the state currently sits in seventh and has a cushion above both Lake Nona at No. 8 and Fort Pierce Central at No. 9.
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A potential District 7-7A semifinal between the Titans and Cobras could be a deciding factor to who extends their season and who heads home.
Defending 6A state champion Martin County has had an up and down season and sitting at sixth in Region 2-6A will want to at least reach the District 8-6A finals to make sure they can have the chance to defend their title.
South Fork has had a bounce-back season and is seventh in the same region and with Heritage and Melbourne breathing down their neck at eighth and ninth, the Bulldogs have a critical quarterfinal battle against another local team who has impressed in Port St. Lucie to contend with first.
John Carroll Catholic has a tough road to go through in District 8-3A with a matchup with top seed King’s Academy in the semifinals looming and the Rams may need to at least make a district final as they sit 11th in Region 2-3A.
In District 8-2A, St. Edward’s as the top seed will likely need to hold serve and earn the championship that would come on its home court as they are currently 12th in Region 2-2A.
Boys basketball district tournament schedules
7-7A (Semifinals and final at Palm Beach Lakes)
(5) Palm Beach Lakes at (4) Jupiter, 7 p.m.
(7) Vero Beach at (2) Treasure Coast
(6) Palm Beach Gardens at (3) Fort Pierce Central, 7 p.m.
Palm Beach Lakes-Jupiter winner vs. (1) Centennial
Vero Beach-Treasure Coast winner vs. Palm Beach Gardens-Fort Pierce Central winner
8-6A (High seed hosts throughout)
(5) Melbourne at (4) Heritage, 7 p.m.
(7) Sebastian River at (2) Martin County, 7 p.m.
(6) Port St. Lucie at (3) South Fork, 7 p.m.
Melbourne-Heritage winner at (1) Viera
Sebastian River-Martin County winner vs. Port St. Lucie-South Fork winner at highest seed
14-5A (Semifinals and final at Suncoast)
(5) American Heritage at (4) Boynton Beach, 7 p.m.
(7) Hollywood Hills at (2) Stranahan, 7 p.m.
(6) Jensen Beach at (3) Northeast, 6 p.m.
American Heritage-Boynton Beach winner vs. (1) Suncoast, 7 p.m.
Hollywood Hills-Stranahan winner vs. Jensen Beach-Northeast winner, 5:30 p.m.
District 13-5A (Semifinals and final at Bayside)
(8) Lincoln Park Academy at (1) Rockledge, 6 p.m.
(5) Eau Gallie at (4) Merritt Island, 6 p.m.
(7) Fort Pierce Westwood at (2) Okeechobee, 6 p.m.
(6) Bayside at (3) Satellite, 6 p.m.
Lincoln Park Academy-Rockledge winner vs. Eau Gallie-Merritt Island winner
Fort Pierce Westwood-Okeechobee winner vs. Bayside-Satellite winner
8-3A (High seed hosts throughout)
(5) Cardinal Newman at (4) John Carroll Catholic, 6 p.m.
(7) Somerset College Prep at (2) Benjamin
(6) Oxbridge Academy at (3) Inlet Grove, 6 p.m.
Cardinal Newman-John Carroll Catholic winner at (1) King’s Academy
Somerset College Prep-Benjamin winner vs. Inlet Grove-Oxbridge Academy winner
(8) Boca Raton Christian at (1) Jupiter Christian, 7 p.m.
(5) Pine School at (4) Grandview Prep
(7) Berean Christian at (2) Atlantic Christian
(6) Trinity Christian Academy at (3) Lake Worth Christian
Boca Raton Christian-Jupiter Christian winner vs. Pine School-Grandview Prep winner
Atlantic Christian-Berean Christian winner vs. Trinity Christian-Lake Worth Christian winner
13-2A (Semifinals and final at St. Edward’s)
(5) Pineapple Cove Classical Academy at (4) Florida Prep, 6 p.m.
(6) Master’s Academy at (3) Morningside Academy, 7 p.m.
Pineapple Cove Classical Academy-Florida Prep winner at (1) St. Edward’s
Master’s Academy-Morningside Academy winner vs. (2) Merritt Island Christian