Tiger Sharks looking to fit glass slipper

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM.

For years, decades for heaven’s sake, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team has worn the bull’s eye.

Twenty-win seasons and state titles attract that sort of attention.

And though it has only been three seasons since the Tiger Sharks ventured to the state final four, a young team with just two seniors on the roster must stamp its own identity.

Coach Derek Kurnitsky has advocated the role of Cinderella.

“We are kind of seen as an underdog,” Kurnitsky said. “We are playing that role a little bit more. Maybe we are a Cinderella that every year in the NCAA tournament does really well. A Butler, Wichita State, every year there is a least one.

“We can be Cinderella. The team is young and is improving. They have really bought into what we are doing; you can see it since Christmas.”

The Tiger Sharks have picked up momentum and at the right time, having won five of their last seven as the District 4-1A tournament got underway this week.

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