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Boys top Newberry, face P.K. Tuesday

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By The Staff

The stage is set for a big rematch in high school boys basketball.

Williston knocked off Newberry in a district contest, 59-51, Tuesday night, avenging its only loss in the district this season.

Next Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Red Devils visit P.K. Yonge in a battle for first place and possibly the top seed in the district. Earlier this season, the Red Devils handed PK its first district loss in seven years.

Before then, though, the boys have another rematch, this one out of district, as they play host to Trinity Catholic tonight (Thursday). Trinity defeated the devils by 10 in a Christmas tournament contest.

There will be a district game tonight also that will have a bearing on the standings as Newberry plays host to P.K. Yonge.

WILLISTON 59, NEWBERRY 51: It was a classic meeting of evenly matched teams. Willison had the height advantage, but Newberry had the experienced, senior-laden team with lots of speed.

Isaac Floyd had a monster game on offense, slashing to the basket for layups and using fakes to create space for jumpers. He led all scorers with 20 points, while Deonte Welch had 14. C.J. James narrowly missed a double-double, collecting nine points to go with his dominating 15 rebounds.

Other scorers included Kelcey Coleman with seven, J.J. Hunt with five, and Devin Timmons and Jawantis Collins with two each.

WILLISTON 52, ORLANDO BISHOP MOORE 46: The Devils took part in a nice event at Gainesville Eastside last Saturday, a memorial day of basketball for Rams' star Dante Anderson, who was killed in an auto accident last spring.

Eastside matched up five area teams with five out-of-town teams, and all the local teams with the exception of Hawthorne won.

Williston trailed halfway through the second period, but then went on a run that opened a six-point halftime lead. From there the Devils were able to hold serve until the final buzzer.

Welch scored 19, Timmons had 12, Floyd added eight, Coleman six, James five and Carlton Wilcox scored two.

Elsewhere in the day's event, Newberry beat Coral Gables on a sideline three-pointer at the buzzer, Eastside beat Orlando Jones in overtime, The Rock beat Jacksonville Englewood and South Dade downed Hawthorne.

Photographer Dave Colon and Editor Jim Clark contributed to this story.