Tiger Sharks return to the playoffs Tuesday

PSJ Boys Basketball

Port St. Joe sealed a district semifinal win over South Walton, and a spot in the Region 1-1A playoffs, by draining 15 of 21 from the foul line in the final quarter.

Courtesy of Steve Whealton
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:14 AM.

The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team is traveling on familiar ground.

After a three-year drought the Tiger Sharks (15-13) are back the Region 1 playoffs after a runner-up finish in the District 4-1A tournament last week.

The third-seeded Tiger Sharks routed Liberty County in the quarterfinals and upset second-seeded South Walton in the semifinals before losing to top-ranked West Gadsden in the title game.

“For the first time in three years we are in the playoffs and I’d rather be in than not,” said PSJ coach Derek Kurnitsky. “There are a lot of people when we were 7-9 before Christmas who probably didn’t think we’d be here.

“The kids have done a great job. They have preserved and worked hard. I am proud of them.”

The Tiger Sharks will travel to Chipley 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday in a Region 1-1A quarterfinal.

“They are a high-ranked team, but hey, this is why they play the games,” Kurnitsky said.

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