Bayshore Christian’s boys basketball program has been to the state final four seven times and reached the title game twice. Those final four banners hang in the Faith Warriors’ gym, a reminder of what the small school from Tampa can accomplish.
Fourth-year coach Broderick Day thinks there could be an eighth appearance in store for the program this season.
“They talk about it,” Day said. “They have high aspirations.”
The Faith Warriors (16-1) are ranked No. 8 in the Class 2A state poll and remain undefeated in District 8. Last week, they defeated rival and No. 6-ranked Cambridge Christian.
Day said the team’s strong start is due in part to the play of his guards and a new four-guard system.
“We play more fast-paced and surrounded with a bunch of shooters that can score,” he said.
Junior Matt Eckermann, a transfer from Jesuit, leads the team with 14.1 points per game, while sophomore Josh Humphries averages 11.1. Senior point guard Greg Johnson, a transfer from Bloomingdale, averages 3.5 assists. Sophomore Jordan Humenansky, who recently was inserted in the starting lineup, has shot an average of 85 percent from the floor his past two games and is coming off a season-high 22 points against district foe Citrus Park Christian.
Eric Davis, a four-year starter and the team’s lone “big man” at 6-foot-5, is averaging a near double-double with 9.4 points and 11.9 rebounds.
Bayshore Christian finished 12-12 last season and has not advanced to the region tournament since 2008. The program played a junior varsity schedule in Day’s first season and lost in the first round of the district tournament the past two years.
Seminole High will host a shootout Saturday, featuring many of the area’s top teams. In the nightcap match-up, Wharton, ranked third in 8A, will face Largo, ranked fourth in 6A.
The schedule: Lakewood Ranch-Indian Rocks Christian, 1 p.m.; Sunlake-Palm Harbor University, 2:30; Tampa Catholic-St. Petersburg, 4; Brandon-Seminole, 6; and Wharton-Largo, 8.
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