Viera handles Ocoee, now a win away from school history

Six Hawks score in double figures in 81-66 victory


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Viera High's Cortez Reid, shown here during an earlier game against Melbourne, had 14 points and five rebounds to help lead the Hawks to an 81-66 victory over Ocoee in the Class 7A regional quarterfinals Thursday night.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Viera High boys basketball team has already made this season one to remember.

Now, the Hawks have a chance to go where no other Viera team has ever gone before.

Six players scored in double figures Thursday night as the Hawks defeated visiting Ocoee 81-66 in the Class 8A regional quarterfinals.

That puts Viera (19-6) into the Tuesday’s regional semifinals on the road against Edgewater (23-5), which knocked off Celebration 82-39 in its quarterfinal matchup.

If the Hawks can beat Edgewater, they will advance to the regional finals for the first time in program history.

Viera has been to the regional playoffs only three other times prior to this season, the last being in 2013, when the Hawks lost to eventual state runner-up Evans in the regional quarterfinals.

The 2012 Viera team defeated Winter Springs in the regional quarterfinals, losing to eventual state semifinalist Oviedo in the regional semis.

And in 2010, the Hawks reached the regional quarterfinals, losing to Martin County.

In order to get past Edgewood, the Hawks are going to need the kind of team effort they got Thursday night against Ocoee.

Trey Schaneville led the Hawks with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Cortez Reid had 14 points and five rebounds. Kevin Chandler added 12 points and five rebounds while Tucker Espling had 11 points and four steals.

Sean Atkins had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Cooper Davis had 10 points.

“I continue to be impressed by how these guys rise to the challenge each game,” Viera coach Brett Fink wrote in an email. “On a night like tonight, where there was some ugly play, they found a way to grind, hold onto the lead and get a big win.”