Tiger Sharks win North Bay Haven tournament
The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team applied the defensive clamps to win the North Bay Haven holiday tournament as 2019 came to an end.
The Tiger Sharks (8-3) executed more of the same to begin 2020 before their first stumble in weeks.
The Tiger Sharks host Franklin County 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.
North Bay Haven tournament
The Tiger Sharks opened the tournament against the host school and slowed North Bay Haven’s offense before pulling away at the end for a 67-49 win.
“Defensively the kids played well,” said Port St. Joe coach Sandy Quinn, Jr.
Neshon Gadson led Port St. Joe with 18 points, with Lamarius Martin adding 17 points and Lajuan Zaccaro 12.
In the title game the next night, Port St. Joe faced University High out of Johnson, TN.
“We started fast and the kids played well defensively,” Quinn said. “This team was bigger than we were, but that didn’t faze the kids one bit.
“The kids came out and played great defense despite being under-sized.”
That defense allowed just 27 points in the 58-27 victory.
Jy’Trel Riley led the Tiger Sharks with 20 points and Martin added 12. Gadson finished with seven points.
Port St. Joe 55, Cottondale 39
Big shots by Martin and Gadson helped a sluggish Port St. Joe open a 10-point lead by halftime last Friday at “The Dome.”
And over the first four minutes of the second half the Tiger Sharks shut down the Cottondale offense and stretched the lead to 25.
“We came out of the gate a little sluggish, but we made some huge shots that gave us the lead at the half,” Quinn said.
Martin led Port St. Joe with 16 points and Gadson was also in double figures with 12 points.
Riley added nine points.
Malone 52, Port St. Joe 50
In a back-and-forth game the visiting Tiger Sharks came up short in the end.
“We knew this would be a tough game,” Quinn said. “We kept preaching to the team that Malone is very good. We knew they shot the ball well from 3-point range so we must get in their face.
“The team played well in spurts, but Malone closed in the end.”
Martin led Port St. Joe with 20 points with Riley chipping in 11 and Demarion Gray nine.