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Tiger Sharks second-seeded in upcoming district tournament

Star Staff Report
The Star

A couple of flips of the coin turned out on the upside for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball team this week.

On Monday, the Tiger Sharks were one of three teams participating in a blind draw/coin flip for the second, third and fourth seeds in the District 4-1A tournament next week.

Bozeman, Franklin County and Port St. Joe (14-8 overall) tied in the district standings and after a couple of rounds it shook out with Franklin County the fourth seed, Bozeman the three seed and Port St. Joe the second seed.

Port St. Joe will host Wewahitchka 7 p.m. ET Tuesday in “The Dome” in the opening round of the district tournament.

The winner and the action advances to Bozeman, the host school for the tournament, with the semifinals set for Friday and the championship game on Saturday.

“I told my players you have gotten a second chance,” said Port St. Joe coach Sandy Quinn, Jr. “Are you going to take advantage of this opportunity? It’s win and move on just to get to the district championship.”

The Tiger Sharks enter the district tournament after a mixed week.

Bay 64, Port St. Joe 57

The Tiger Sharks started slow, down 23-9 after the first period but came back to close the margin to 33-30 by halftime.

“We played better in the second half but we still came up short,” Quinn said.

Jy’trel Riley led all scorers with 19 points and Demarion Gray added 18.

Port St. Joe 55, Wewahitchka 31

In a district game, the Tiger Sharks played well in spurts to come away with the win.

“We knew the Gators would play hard anytime we play our good friends so we kept preaching to the team to play start to finish,” Quinn said.

Riley led Port St. Joe with 12 points and Lajuan Zaccaro added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Bubba Ash added nine points.

Crossroads 67, Port St. Joe 55

In the final district game of the regular season, Port St. Joe came out running and playing excellent defense in carving out a 37-29 halftime lead.

“We kept preaching to the team that this team will not quit,” Quinn said.

Crossroads turned the table in the second half, playing up tempo and finally taking the lead with 3:00 left in the game.

“We played well in spurts,” Quinn said. “The game was a lot closer than the score shows.

“We definitely felt we let one get away from us.”

Gray had 12 points to lead Port St. Joe, with Riley adding 10 points.

Neshon Gadson added eight points and Lamarius Martin seven.