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Pine Crest boys' basketball advances to Class 3A championship

Defending state champions have cruised so far in the first day of the FHSAA boys' basketball state championships here at The Lakeland Center.

Pine Crest, led by its star guard Brandon Knight, romped against Williston 77-63 in the Class 3A state semifinal.

Although he played only 26 minutes due to foul trouble and due to a minor leg muscle injury, Knight finished with 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

Knight's teammates helped overcome an uncharacteristic 35-turnover performance by the Panthers.

Tevin Westbrook had 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Traveon Henry had 17 points and seven rebounds. Forward Matt Milk had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Billy Thompson, Jr. had nine points and seven rebounds.

In other games so far:

Five-time defending Class 2A state champion Jacksonville Arlington Country Day moved down to 1A this season.
The Apaches have a chance to continue their dominance after an easy 63-43 win against West Palm Beach Summit Christian moved them into the 1A final.

Their opponent will be two-time defending state champion Orlando Christian Prep, which also won convincingly 59-33 against Boca Raton Grandview Prep.

ACD will try to break the state record for most consecutive titles when they take on OCP in the 1A championship at noon Thursday.