No team has been hotter since the holiday break began than LaTroy Strong's First Coast Buccaneers.
After beginning the year 3-3, the Bucs have won seven straight games and are well-positioned for a run at their third District title in four years.
"This group just really understands everything I want," Strong commented at a recent practice. "I'm not having to dictate where they go on the court as much. They actually seem to think exactly what I'm thinking."
Injuries and adjusting to more than a handful of new transfer players attributed to the slow start. However, most of the Bucs have played AAU basketball together for years, so it was simply a matter of re-learning each other's tendencies.
With momentum on their side, the Bucs are now once again thinking postseason.
"Coach always talks about the three-peat: District championship, Gateway [Conference tournament title] and the Northwest Classic," sophomore Damien Deloney said. "And that's the motivation: wanting to win that three times in a row."
First Coast (10-3) returns to the court Tuesday night in a rematch with Lee (6-6). The Buccaneers won the first meeting this season between the two in double overtime.