Port St. Joe Ready for State

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

The Port St. Joe Basketball team is taking momentum into its state semi-final game against Tampa Prep.

Head Coach Derek Kurnitsky said, "It was awesome! It was exciting, I'm really proud of our kids, and I'm glad for our kids. To go to the final four for our third time, and the sixteenth time for the school it was awesome."

In a community where winning is everything making it to Lakeland was always the goal.

Guard Raheem Clemons said, "We're very excited we've been working hard, and it seems like everything is paying off right now...The past couple of years we let the city down, but this year we did what we're supposed to do and now we're on our way to state."

Kurnitsky added, "For our community it's everything to go to Lakeland. It's huge! We had a great crowd the other night and they supported us, so it's huge."

The Tiger sharks are planning to use their pressing style of defense to get turnovers and convert those into easy buckets on the against the Terrapins.

"This has become one of the best defensive teams I've ever coached. We're not going to change a thing, we're going to play great man to man defense and get up and down the court, and play our game," said Kurnitsky.

Coach K believes the games they've played against bigger school's will give them confidence this weekend.

"We've already played Godby, we've already played Bainbridge, we've already played Bay, we've played Rutherford, so we've played good teams already, so we're used to that."

Port St. Joe has 8 state championships in school history, and this season's team is now looking to shoot their way into the history books with another title this weekend.

The Tiger Sharks will tip off against Tampa Prep at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning. Coach K says he expects an large group of fans to travel to Lakeland.


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