Chipley runs past Port St. Joe in second half

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM.

CHIPLEY — Put a hand in their face and Chipley standouts Trent Forrest and Tyrome Sharpe will put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.

Sag off defensively and the Tigers’ electrifying duo will rain down 3-pointers all night.

Port St. Joe simply ran out of ways to defend Forrest and Sharpe, and Chipley pulled away in the second half to earn a 66-41 home victory in a Region 3-1A boys basketball semifinal Tuesday night.

The Tigers, who are seeking their second state championship in three years, will host West Gadsden — a 61-54 winner over Bratt Northview on Tuesday — in the regional finals on Friday night at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the Class 1A state semifinals in Lakeland next week.

Forrest fired in 31 points to power the Tigers. He scored 11 points from the foul line before he made a bucket from the floor, and he overwhelmed PSJ’s defense with relentless drives to the basket that resulted either in a layup or a trip to the foul line.

“I just want to see if I can get to the rack,” Forrest said. “If I can’t, I trust my teammates to knock down the shot.”

Chipley held a 13-10 lead through the first eight minutes before Forrest and Sharpe took control in the second quarter. They scored seven points apiece to help the Tigers stretch their lead to 35-27 at halftime.

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