Excel heads east to play Aquinas
by Andrew Adler
Feb 27, 2013 | 762 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Excel Eagles plan to leave school around 12:30 p.m. today, and travel south on Interstate 75 and than east on Interstate 20 for about three hours as they head toward Augusta.

Augusta is where the Eagles (26-2) will play the Aquinas Fighting Irish in the second round of the Class A private school state playoffs.

Since tip off is not until 6 p.m., the Eagles should complete their journey around 4 p.m.

“I’ll take a three-hour bus ride over staying at home during this part of the season any time,” said Excel coach Jon-Michael Nickerson, as he drove back in the school’s van from Gainesville after picking up more game film.

At this point in the season, the Eagles’ run in the state playoffs continues after defeating Holy Innocents, 57-49, Saturday. Aquinas (20-8) defeated Lakeview Academy, 58-49, that same night in its state playoff opener. The Fighting Irish have won eight straight after losing to Laney in late January.

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