- February 15, 2023
Buccaneer fans packed the Vince Carter Athletic Center on Feb. 17 as Mainland's boys basketball team took on Tallahassee Godby in the Region 1-5A quarterfinals.
Mainland fell just short of advancing to the next round of the FHSAA playoffs, losing in the final seconds to the Cougars, 49-46.
The Bucs ended their season at 15-10. Godby (22-5) advanced to the region semifinals against Jacksonville Riverside.
“I am proud of my guys,” said Mainland coach Joe Giddens, who returned to his alma mater in 2017 and ended the season with a 90-43 record. “They played hard tonight. They made some young mistakes, but next year, they’ll know. We’ll take two to three weeks off and get right back in the gym.”
“I’ll be giving them life tips. Never take it for granted, and leave your heart out on the court. It’s about being a leader, helping them keep their head on and not losing their cool.”
JONATHAN CAMPBELL, Mainland guard on helping the younger players
Team captain Nick Antoine led the Bucs with 19 points in his final basketball game with his Mainland teammates. Godby shooting guard Tajden Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bucs will be losing three seniors this year — Antoine, Jonathan Campbell and Jordan Porter. The remainder of his team will return next season.
Campbell, a four-sport athlete, heads off to run track and play baseball for the Bucs. Even though his basketball career has ended, he is looking forward to helping the Bucs' younger players who will be returning next year.
“I’ll be giving them life tips,” he said. “Never take it for granted, and leave your heart out on the court. It’s about being a leader, helping them keep their head on and not losing their cool.”