Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sharks come up short during Panama City tournament

Front Row (L-R): Assistant Coach Tydron Wynn, Landon Nash, Dijon Penamon,
Jan Lowe, Marshall Sweet, Jaylon Gainer and Cash Creamer. Back Row (L-R):
Assistant Coach J.T. Escobar, Tyler Howard, Tyler Farmer, Josue Burahona, 
Johnny Jones, Nathan Jones, Kalin Wilson and Head Coach Mackenzie Williams.

Last weekend the Apalachicola Sharks traveled to neighboring Panama City to participate in a 17 and under boys’ basketball tournament held inside the Rutherford High School gymnasium.

Sharks players Jan Lowe, in blue pressing the ball against a Rutherford 
City Rams defender.

The Sharks started their first game strong against the Rutherford City Rams, they played great defense and controlled the defensive boards.  The Sharks paced an early 6 point lead against the Rams, but failed behind due to a series of turnovers and not controlling the offensive boards. At halftime the Sharks were still in the game, but couldn’t gain control over the turnovers and missed shots. The Rutherford City Rams pulled ahead and won the contest.

Sharks player Tyler Farmer #4 shows his game face while sandwiched between
two Emerald Coast Select players

In their second outing of the tournament the Sharks faced off against Emerald Coast Select.  Getting off to a slow start and being out hustled at both ends of the court the Sharks quickly failed behind 12-0. By halftime the game seemed out of reach, but the Sharks fought their way back into the contest by cutting Emerald Coast’s lead to 1 point, 33-34.  Emerald Coast answered with a 13-0 run and went on to win the game.

Head coach Mackenzie Williams standing directing traffic while flanked by players
and assistant coach Tydron Wynn.

The Sharks 17 and under boys’ basketball team is led by Mackenzie Williams, Head Coach and by assistant coaches Tydron Wynn and J.T. Escobar.