The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team evened its record while finishing third at the Tallahassee Maclay Holiday Hoops Fest.
The Tiger Sharks took down the host school 46-38 to finish third in the three-day tournament.
T.J. Williams, who scored 28 points against Maclay in the consolation game, was named to the all-tournament team.
Sergio Clemons added eight points against Maclay.
Starting four sophomores and with just two seniors – one Natrone Lee just returned from an ankle injury suffered during the football season and pulled down 12 rebounds against Maclay – the season has presented a learning curve for Port St. Joe and Coach Derek Kurnitsky.
That the Tiger Sharks have arrived at the midway point of the season 7-7 overall is a positive, Kurnitsky said.
“We are really playing hard and playing smart basketball,” Kurnitsky said. “The kids are really buying in to what we are teaching them and they are really improving. I have been impressed.
“We are starting to hit our stride and it is the right time.”
Port St. Joe opened the tournament with a 76-48 win over Tallavanna Christian.
Clemons led the way with 20 points while Williams added 19 and Kyran Batson 17.
In the semifinals, Port St. Joe stayed with Tallahassee Lincoln for most of the game but faded in the final minutes of a 52-39 loss, sending the Tiger Sharks into the consolation bracket.
“It was really a good game,” Kurnitsky said of the Lincoln contest. “We were down by only six heading into the final quarter and we just kind of ran out of gas.”
Williams led Port St. Joe with 14 points.
The Tiger Sharks traveled to Lynn Haven Mosley on Tuesday and host West Gadsden at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday.