Bay and Rutherford battle at the Gulf Coast basketball camp

PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Friday marked the title game of the annual Gulf Coast basketball team camp.

Twelve teams competing, with more than half of them local squads.

Each team getting at least two games Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday was an eight team single elimination tournament with Bay and Rutherford battling in the championship game.

It was a close title game but the Rams held tough beating the Tornadoes 60-56.

Gulf Coast basketball coach Jay Powell says hosting this three day camp allows teams to hopefully get better.

"Basketball during the summer, wins and losses always matter, but I've already seen two or three times today where coaches have had the opportunity to teach end of game, or end of half situations," Jay Powell, Gulf Coast men's basketball coach said. "That as much as you try in practice, you cannot simulate that. And so what a benefit to be able to come here, get those situations in. So hopefully, when it really matters, you're successful as a team."

Powell's also spotted several future Commodores in these events previously.

"From Marcus Humose of Cottondale, to the Wade boys from Rutherford, to Derrio Green at Mosley," Powell said. "I'm leaving some out but I don't want to. Jon Werner at Bay. We've just signed KK Godwin from Blountstown who was the 1A Player of the Year in Florida. But we saw him, and he first caught my eye and we started following him, at this camp last summer. Similar situation, we just get our eyes on as many guys as possible."

And who knows, the next Gulf Coast star may have just caught coaches eye this week!