With four players suspended after a scrum at Sneads earlier this month, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team split a pair of games last weekend.
The four players were suspended for leaving the bench after a loose ball in front of the Sneads bench caused some players to exchange words and pushes.
The four players were suspended, as were three from Sneads, for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct for leaving the bench onto the court by the Florida High School Athletics Association.
Port St. Joe was also levied a $500 fine and the program placed on probation for the remainder of the season.
“There really wasn’t much to it, there were no punches thrown,” said Port St. Joe coach Derek Kurnitsky. “But the rules are the rules and you are not supposed to leave the bench.”
With those four players suspended, the Tiger Sharks (5-2) lost last Friday night against South Walton 55-39.
South Walton was up 28-21 at the half and pushed the lead to 16 by the end of the third quarter.
Sergio Clemons led Port St. Joe with nine points and T.J. Williams had eight points.
Chad Quinn and Marquez Johnson scored seven points apiece, Tyrek Sims had four and Marcell Johnson three.
The following night Port St. Joe traveled to Franklin County and came away with a 46-43 win.
The game was a nail biter to the end, with the Tiger Sharks staking the final lead late in the fourth quarter.
“It was a good bounce back win for us,” Kurnitsky said. “We didn’t play that well, in fact we did not play well at all, but we found a way to win.”
Quinn led Port St. Joe with 13 points and Williams and Marquez Johnson added 10 points apiece.
Clemons had six points and Caleb Odom seven.
The suspended players were back for Tuesday’s game against Bozeman.
The Tiger Sharks play at the Marianna Christmas Tournament this weekend, playing Malone at 7 p.m. ET Friday and Cottondale at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.