Fresh off of the 82-43 beat down of Haines City, the Bartow boy’s basketball team destroyed Brandon High School Thursday night on Valentine’s Day.
The Regional Quarter Final game at Bartow was anything but sweet for Brandon and the Jackets showed them no love. Bartow jumped out to an early 11-0 lead and then a 14-3 lead on Kerry Jones’ third three pointer six minutes into the game. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 18-3.
Bartow looked crisp in their passes, execution of their offense and used relentless defense to stifle Brandon’s offense in the first quarter. The second quarter saw much of the same as it didn’t get much better for the visiting team and the game went to the half with BHS up 33-13.
The large crowd of Jacket-fans saw the game get completely out of hand in the second half.
The BHS offense put on a show with high flying dunks, no look passes and ridiculous drives to the basket. With the mercy rule in affect, the fourth quarter was operated under a running clock.
When the final buzzer went off, the Jackets stood victorious, 58-23.
“We wanted to be good defensively and control the boards and we did that tonight,” said Bartow Head Coach Terrence McGriff.
Jones led Bartow with 17 points, Karlos Odum chipped in with 10, and Christopher Perry added 12.
The Jackets (25-3) will play Tuesday night at East Bay High School (Gibsonton). East Bay (21-5) secured their place in the Regional Semifinal with a 61-57 victory over Haines City Thursday night.
East Bay High School is located at
7710 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton. The game will tip off at 7 p.m.
With Monday being Presidents Day, Bartow High School will be closed, so tickets for the game will be available on Tuesday in the main office from 7 a.m. -2:30 p.m.