Santa Fe, P.K. Yonge pick up wins


A pair of area boys basketball teams each picked up wins on the final day of the Jim Haley Christmas Classic at Trinity Catholic (Ocala) on Thursday.

P.K. Yonge defeated Oldsmar Christian via forfeit to improve to 5-6. The Blue Wave finished the tournament at 1-3 but against tough competition.

They lost to Windermere Prep, which is currently ranked No. 5 in Class 7A by MaxPreps, 2-time reigning 6A state champion Bartow, and 4A state runner-up Santa Fe (Alachua).

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“Overall, our play was inconsistent at times as we’re still dealing with injuries to some key players that will be major contributors during the season,” said P.K. Yonge coach Boderick Johnson. “I was pleased overall with the competitive effort and these games will make us better going forward.”

After losing their first two games of the tournament, Santa Fe won its final two.

The Raiders, who defeated P.K. Yonge on Wednesday, 63-54, cruised past Bronson, 84-28, on Thursday to improve to 6-4.

Columbia (Lake City) finished 1-3 at the tournament.

The Tigers (5-5) lost to Class 3A No. 4 Calvary Christian (Clearwater), 67-60, on Thursday on the final day of the 16-team tournament.

At the Battle on the Island at Fleming Island (Orange Park), Buchholz lost to Fletcher (Neptune Beach), 85-74, in the consolation championship game of the Green Championship Division. Aamari Reeves had a team-high 21 points for the Bobcats.

The ‘Cats, who dropped to 4-6, went 1-2 at the tournament. Bobcats’ senior Hayden Findlay made the All-Tournament Team.

“This week we’re just trying to get the ‘win one, lose one’ out of our system,” said Buchholz coach Blake Golden. “We have to be a little bit more dialed in on the defensive end and trust ourselves on the offensive end. But overall, we are getting better. We just need to stack more good on good.”

Hoops broadcasts in 2022

This winter a minimum of 27 area high school basketball games will be broadcast ‘live’ and ‘archived’ in the months of January and February.

We’ll have a radio game every week at 106.9 FM “I am Country”, as well as an audio only Game-of-the-Week broadcast at as part of “The Stephenson’s Septic Tank Service’s High School Basketball Game-of-the-Week.”

Our first broadcast in 2022 will be an Alachua County showdown on Tuesday, Jan. 4, as Hawthorne hosts P.K. Yonge, followed by Buchholz at GHS on Friday, Jan. 7. Other highlights include a city showdown between Eastside and Gainesville, and an Alachua County showdown between Hawthorne and Eastside.

Plus, “The Prep Zone” sports show will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 7-8 p.m. and will air every Wednesday on 106.9 FM from locally owned Sonic Drive-In of Gainesville.

We also will have video coverage (via the NFHS Network) of Trenton girls and boys home basketball games. Here is our 2022 hoops broadcast schedule:

*106.9 FM “I am Country” – 30-minute pregame show

^ – 15-minute pregame show

&Video via NFHS Network

Tuesday, Jan. 4

P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) at Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m.^

Friday, Jan. 7

Buchholz (Gainesville) at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.*

Dixie County (Cross City) at Trenton (Girls), 6 p.m.&

Dixie County (Cross City) at Trenton (Boys), 7:30 p.m.&

Monday, Jan. 10

Newberry at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.^

Friday, Jan. 14

Eastside (Gainesville) at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.*

Wednesday, Jan. 19

P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.^

Thursday, Jan. 20

Trenton at Bronson, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, Jan. 21

Williston at Trenton (Girls), 6:30 p.m.&

Williston at Trenton (Boys), 8 p.m.&

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Lafayette (Mayo) at Trenton (Girls), 6 p.m.&

Lafayette (Mayo) at Trenton (Boys), 7:30 p.m.&

Friday, Jan. 28

Hawthorne at Eastside (Gainesville) OR GHS at Buchholz, 7:30 p.m.*

Hawthorne at Eastside (Gainesville) OR GHS at Buchholz, 7:30 p.m.^

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Hawthorne at P.K. Yonge (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.*

TBD at Trenton Girls (District Semifinals)&

Friday, Feb. 4

TBD at Trenton Girls (District Championship)&

Gainesville at Eastside (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.^

Tuesday, Feb. 8

District semifinals – Time TBA*

District Semifinals (two games TBA) – likely 6 & 7:30 p.m.^

Friday, Feb. 11

District championship game^

Thursday, Feb. 17

Regional Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.*

Regional Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.^

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Regional Semifinals, 7 p.m.*

Regional Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.^

Friday, Feb. 25

Regional Semifinals, 7 p.m.*

Regional Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.^

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