With age comes to the ups and downs similar to the stock market, said Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High boys’ basketball Coach Derek Kurnitsky.
The Tiger Sharks demonstrated that last week, pushing past Bozeman and South Walton with second-half runs before falling at Blountstown on a bad shooting night.
The contrasts were evident between Friday’s 79 points scored against South Walton followed by a 46-point output versus Blountstown on Saturday night.
“We are very young but we are talented,” Kurnitsky said of his team, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 1-1A play. “We just need to learn to be more consistent, to play good defense every night, to shoot well every night, to play as a team every night.
“It is early and we are just trying to improve every game. We are getting there.”
The week started at home against Bozeman and a 66-61 victory.
The Tiger Sharks were down two points at the half, but jumped on the Bucks in the second half to pull away.
“We played good,” Kurnitsky said. “We came out slow but really did well and played a good second half.”
T. J. Williams had a game-high 28 points to lead Port St. Joe. Jacorian Calloway added 12 points, Ramello Zaccarro and Natron Lee had eight points apiece and Chad Quinn had four.
Two nights later, the Tiger Sharks played a game with similar DNA, a slow start followed by a second half push and a win sealed as Port St. Joe hit 14 of 17 free throws over the final two quarters.
“We showed a lot of character in the second half,” Kurnitsky said. “We had an eight point lead they shaved to two points and we just hit our free throws.”
Calloway had 34 points to lead all scorers. Williams and Lee added 11 apiece and Zaccarro had 10. Marcel Johnson scored six, Marquez Johnson one and Luke Galloway one.
Saturday night the Tiger Sharks fell 55-46 at Blountstown.
“As good as we played Friday night, we showed our age on Saturday,” Kurnitsky said.
Quinn led the Tiger Sharks with 16 points and Williams added 13. Calloway scored seven points, Lee five, Marcel Johnson three and Zaccarro two.
Port St. Joe traveled to Liberty County on Tuesday and will host West Gadsden on Saturday, the junior varsity beginning at 6 p.m. ET followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.