PORT ST. JOE, Fla- Boy's Prep Basketball will take center stage this Thursday as the regional playoffs start. There are several teams in our area set to host their respective regional quarterfinal games, one of those teams is Port St. Joe. The Tiger Sharks are in familiar territory after extending their District playoff Dominance. The last time Port St. Joe wasn't a district champion President Bill Clinton was in his first term in office, and most every member of the team wasn't even born yet. That's the type of winning tradition Port St. Joe has built over the years, and this year is no different.
"I think we're in a good position to make a little bit of a run, you know you've got to have the right team at the right time," Head Coach Derek Kurnitsky said. "You've got to catch a little bit of a break, but I think we're in a good position."
The team has a group of seniors that have been through the close games, and even made it to the final four last season.
"That was a big motivation, because I want to get back to Lakeland and win a state championship," Senior Point Guard Roman Quinn said.
They know what it takes to win, and that's a big key to their success this year.
"You can't win without seniors," Kurnitsky added. "They're just huge because they've been there. They've been through the battles, they've been through the close games, they've played at the Lakeland Center. Huge! They are like coaches on the court."
The goal is always the same at Port St. Joe, get to Lakeland, win a championship.
"I tell the kids now you know what it feels like to be at Kentucky, Duke, or North Carolina, and I think it's great. I don't feel the pressure, I don't think the kids do. It's great to have a community that supports your team. I just think it's awesome. We embrace the pressure, the expectations I should say. We embrace the expectation," said Kurnitsky.
This year's quest for a ring continues at home against North Florida Christian Thursday night at 7 eastern tip. Port St. Joe takes a 20-6 record into the game.