Lakeland, FL-- We begin today with boy's basketball and Port St. Joe's 17th trip to the state finals. Coach Kurnitsky and his guys won their district, then won 3 straight home playoff games to make it a return trip to Lakeland, where last year, they lost in the 2-A state semi's. Wednesday another state semifinal game, against yet another private school, Sagemont out of Broward County.
As is tradition, the Sharks wearing those "Cat in the Hat" socks.
To the game we go, St. Joe attacking the far end, first quarter action, #12 Quincy Welch, the drive, spin and jumper, he scored ST. Joe's first 5 points.
Later Roman Quinn gets in on the action with the crossover, then he makes the contested layup, still St. Joe down 4.
Sagemont starts to use their size 6-6 Rod Days Jr. gets inside and lays it in to extend the Lions lead to 7 at the break, 24-17.
3rd quarter Sharks come out hard, Quinn gets to the hoop and hits the layup.
But the Tiger Sharks go cold late in the third and into the 4th, wind up shooting just 32 percent for the game, seemed like they couldn't buy a bucket late, Cal Pryor and Quinn each held to just 8 points. Port St. Joe falls 58-37 score, second straight loss in the state semi's.
Port St. Joe Head Coach
"They're size really hurt us, they had ten offensive rebounds that led to 20, 25 points, including free throws. Them easy putbacks killed us. I'm so proud of our kids and I know they're not happy right now but when they look back and reflect, to be 24-7 and go to Lakeland and to have an opportunity to play for a state championship, they did a great job and I'm just proud of 'em."