Newberry, P.K. Yonge advance

Branford's Cash Blalock goes for a block against Newberry's Mike Moore on Tuesday.
Branford's Cash Blalock goes for a block against Newberry's Mike Moore on Tuesday. (Photo by C.J. Gish)
Photo by C.J. Gish

On Tuesday, the Newberry boys basketball team defeated Branford, 76-55, to advance to the winners’ bracket of the Bronson Holiday Tournament.

Four players scored in double figures for the Panthers (8-1), led by freshman Juwan Scippio with 16 points. Seniors Mike Moore and Mason Smith added 14 points apiece, followed by senior Bryan Eastman with 10 points.

Newberry, which used a 23-point third quarter to help put the game away, will play Tavares in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs (1-9) picked up their first win of the season with a 48-45 win against Bell (3-9).

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Newberry's Mike Moore with a rebound against Branford on Tuesday.
Photo by C.J. Gish Newberry’s Mike Moore with a rebound against Branford on Tuesday.

Junior Eric Turner finished with 25 points for Branford (6-4), which will play Bell in the consolation bracket at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

In Ocala, P.K. Yonge defeated Hawthorne, 61-46, at the 48th annual Kingdom of the Sun tournament at Vanguard (Ocala).

Senior Moses Horne led the Blue Wave (4-4) with a game-high 23 points.

The Hornets were led by junior Isaac Taplis, who finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers. C.J. Ingram added 11 points for Hawthorne (1-1), which will play North Marion (Citra) (5-3) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the consolation bracket.

Vanguard (Ocala) (7-3), which defeated the Colts, 51-44, in game No. 7 of the day, will host P.K. Yonge in the winners’ bracket at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The game will be broadcast online (audio only) at Mainstreet Daily News beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Gainesville lost a heartbreaker at the Holiday Hoopfest at Golden Gate (Naples).

Fort Myers hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds to play to edge the Hurricanes, 57-56, and send GHS to the losers’ bracket.

The loss offset a big game by Appalachian State commit Josh Hayes, who scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter.

The ‘Canes (8-4), who have the No. 1 strength of schedule among the 100 teams in Class 6A, will play First Baptist Academy (Naples) at 9 a.m. in the consolation bracket.

Buchholz lost to Cypress Creek (Orlando), 55-47, at the Jim Clark Classic at Bishop Moore (Orlando). The Bobcats, who dropped to 5-5, will play Trinity Prep (Winter Park), which lost to Boone (Orlando), 63-54, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the losers’ bracket.

Williston defeated George Jenkins (Lakeland), 65-51, to advance to the winners’ bracket of the Nature Coast (Brooksville) Holiday Tournament.

Boys Basketball Scores – Tuesday, Dec. 27

Cypress Creek (Orlando) 55, Buchholz 47#

Fort Myers 57, Gainesville 56%

Godby (Tallahassee) 55, Eastside 53^

Hilliard 69, Chiefland 56!

Lakeland 61, Columbia (Lake City) 58%

Newberry 76, Branford 55!

P.K. Yonge 61, Hawthorne 46*

Suwannee (Live Oak) 51, The Rock School (Gainesville) 47^

Tavares 48, Bell 45!

Williston 65, George Jenkins (Lakeland) 51$

Keystone Heights 74, Bronson 41!

*Kingdom of the Sun at Vanguard (Ocala)

^Hitchcock’s Challenge at Santa Fe (Alachua)

!Bronson Holiday Classic

$Nature Coast (Brooksville) Holiday Tournament

%Holiday Hoopfest at Golden Gate (Naples)

#Jim Clark Classic at Bishop Moore (Orlando)

Branford’s Austin Humphries drives against Newberry’s Bryan Eastman on Tuesday.
Newberry's Mason Smit defends Branford's Camden Gaskins on Tuesday.
Photo by C.J. Gish Newberry’s Mason Smit defends Branford’s Camden Gaskins on Tuesday.
Bell's Levi Hutchinson shoots in a game against Tavares on Tuesday.
Photo by C.J. Gish Bell’s Levi Hutchinson shoots in a game against Tavares on Tuesday.

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