Vanguard-Forest, followed by The Villages at Bishop Snyder, kicks off our 2019 hoops coverage

new+high+school+basketballOur first two hoops broadcasts of 2019 will be a great way to start off the new year.

On Friday night, the Vanguard boys’ basketball team will host rival Forest in a city showdown from Ocala. It’s also a key Class 7A-District 4 game, with visiting Forest (9-2 overall) entering the game on top of the league standings at 2-1.

Vanguard (1-1) is just a half a game back, so it will be for first place in a competitive 5-team district that includes Gainesville, Lake Weir (Ocala) & Columbia (Lake City) all within a half a game or a game of each other.

The game will be broadcast on AM-900 in Ocala, as well as 92.1 FM in Gainesville beginning at 7 p.m. The tip is at 7:30 p.m.  Click here to listen online.

Then on Saturday, two of the top players in the country will go head-to-head on when The Villages travel to Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville).

The visiting Buffalo are led by Gators’ signee Tre Mann (6-3, 170), the No. 26 overall senior in the country according to 247Sports, while Corey Walker (6-6, 185), the No. 31 overall junior in the country, leads the Cardinals.

The Villages (7-3) is ranked 10th in Class 5A by MaxPreps. Bishop Snyder (6-5) is ranked 7th in Class 4A.

The game will be broadcast on the NFHS Network beginning at 5:45 p.m. The tip is at 6 p.m. Click here to watch the game.