Three area boys basketball teams eye Final Four berths

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 04:28 PM.

Three area teams are vying for a berth in the semifinals of the Class 1A state boys basketball tournament on Saturday.

Only two can make it. One assuredly will.

Malone (25-3) is traveling to Bonifay to take on Chris Walker and Holmes County in a regional final at 7 p.m. Cottondale (14-14) is on the road in Greensboro to play West Gadsden at 6 p.m. CST.

Walker, the Florida Gator recruit who has garnered widespread recognition as a Top-10 prospect nationally, will be the center of attention when the Blue Devils try to earn some level of revenge. Malone ousted Holmes County from last year’s regional tournament.

As prolific as he is as a 6-foot-9 senior, Walker will need help if the Blue Devils want to book their trip to Lakeland next week.

“Chris Walker is one guy,” Holmes County coach Po White said. “You’ve got to put four other guys on the court to go with Chris Walker. I like the kids we have that’s around him. They’re no basketball stars, but those guys are going to play hard.

“They’re going to really be behind him and play twice as hard. No one man beats any team. If that was the case, Lebron (James) would have never left Cleveland.”

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