The FHSAA Class 3A boys basketball regional bracket is looking extremely loaded amongst teams in the South Florida area. Headlined by teams such as Calvary Christian, Westminster Academy and Saint Andrews, these squads are recognized for their firepower rosters, which are filled with nationally known prospects at the forefront.
This region has the potential to be one of, if not the best region in the South Florida area. Make sure you keep your eye on these games because these matchups are going to be competitive.
Holding a 10-point lead at halftime of the Class 3A District 12 final versus Calvary Christian, the fire-powered Eagles were just too much to handle, as Westminster ultimately fell, 70-59. Despite the loss, Westminster Academy still remains a team that could make a push to a state title. At the forefront of the Lions’ deep team is Ben Middlebrooks, a 2022 three-star forward with offers from Florida, Auburn and more.
With other intriguing prospects like Jaylen Carey, Aiden Bell, and more an upset alert might be likely as they take on Saint Andrews in the regional quarterfinals.
The most intriguing part of SLAM Academy is their youth. Over half their roster is made up of underclassmen — sophomore or younger.
There have been sparks of stardom from class of 2024 prospects Christian Reid and Ian Pascall who both posted 21 points and 18 points respectively in their team’s victory over Immaculata-LaSalle.
SLAM has seen Chaminade-Madonna before in the season, where they lost 70-55. Regardless of their outcome in regionals, expect SLAM to be back in state championship contention soon.
Jupiter Christian might be facing their toughest test of the season, up against red hot Calvary Christian.
After falling in the district final to Saint Andrew’s, 78-58, it’ll take a lot for Jupiter Christian to pull off an upset versus a team loaded up with nationally ranked talent in Calvary Christian.
However, they aren’t completely out of it. Senior guard RJ Johnson has been leading the way for the Eagles with 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds along with Conner Weston. the team’s scoring leader, who’s averaging 17.2 points per game this season. The Eagles also possess a young core as well with players like Jeremiah Augustine, who recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds aganst Atlantic Christian.
For Chaminade-Madonna, the key to a victory over SLAM will be simple: effort, defense and knocking down the open shots. With many talented players on the roster, as long as each player can figure out their role, the victory will be theirs.
Chaminade-Madonna is coming into the game at 10-9 with a 70-55 win against SLAM already under their belt. Nonetheless, their path to the regional final will require victory over a tough Miami Country Day team.
Calvary Christian Academy
One of the best teams in the country, Calvary Christian will have to get through Jupiter Christian first before continuing on their state title run.
The Eagles are coming in hot after winning their first district championship in school history against Westminster Academy, 70-59.
Headlined by players such as Taylor Hendricks, Marvel Allen, and other Division I talents, it’s very tough for teams to match up with all of this roster’s firepower on both ends of the floor.
Prediction: Calvary Christian
Amongst teams in this region, Calvary Christian has the highest chance of bringing a state championship back to South Florida. The Eagles haven’t just played the top teams in the Sunshine State, but in the country as a whole. Calvary’s experience will come in handy throughout their state title run that’ll likely include contests versus Saint Andrews and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.