A stumble out of the gate followed by a pair of wins is how the season began last week for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team.
Bay 76, Port St. Joe 52
Port St. Joe coach Sandy Quinn said nerves likely played a role as the Tiger Sharks did not open the season well.
“I think there was a lot of trying to figure out how we can play together,” Quinn said. “I believe it will come but like anything else it takes time.
Jy’Trel Riley led Port St. Joe with 19 points, Lamarius Martin added 15 and Demarion Gray 12.
Port St. Joe 81, Wewahitchka 43
The first home game of the season came against the county and district rival Gators and the Tiger Sharks played with new intensity.
“We started fast and the kids played well,” Quinn said. “As we got to the third quarter the kids kind of got comfortable and didn’t play as hard.
“We pulled it back together in the fourth quarter and finished strong.”
Martin paced Port St. Joe with 28 points.
Riley added 17 points and Neshon Gadson and Trey Jones each had 12 points.
Port St. Joe 60, North Florida Christian 52
A key blocked shot and a big 3-point shot, both from Noah Barfield, helped fuel the second-half push that led to a Tiger Shark victory.
“I can see that we are starting to come together but there’s a lot of work that still has to be done for this team to become one good unit,” Quinn said.
“Our bench really played well.”
Riley paced Port St. Joe with 20 points, Martin added 17 points and Gadson 10.
North Bay Haven Tournament
Port St. Joe will participate in the North Bay Haven Holiday Classic in Panama City, scheduled for Dec. 19-21.
Port St. Joe will open against Stephenson (GA) at Bay High High 8:30 p.m. CT Dec. 19.
On Dec. 20, the Tiger Sharks face North Bay Haven at North Bay Haven and will play North Bay Haven again Dec. 21 at a time to be announced.