PANAMA CITY — Opening day of the Bay Barnstorm Classic was reduced to three games on Thursday, Dec. 29 in the John L. Cobb Gymnasium.

Two of them weren’t decided until the final horn to jump-start the 17th annual boys high school basketball tournament.

The six-team gathering this year isn’t playing down to a champion when it ends on Saturday evening. That didn’t diminish the drama on Day 1 with Fairdale (Kentucky), Mosley and Bay coming away with victories.

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Mosley 64, Franklin County 61

It isn’t always easy to pinpoint how a closely contested game in December is going to help you in February, but Mosley’s narrow win over Franklin County could wind up benefiting both teams in the long run.

Certainly the Dolphins, 12-4, had a chance to fade when their multi-talented leader Jacorian Calloway went to the bench with two fouls about 3 minutes before halftime.

Franklin County, 11-2, completed a 9-0 run shortly afterward and could have went into intermission with a healthy edge. The Dolphins regrouped, however, and when Javyion Wilson’s 3-pointer banked in moments before the horn the Seahawks led only 30-29.

Calloway took over in the third quarter by scoring 11 of his game-high 25 points. The Dolphins built their spread as high as 53-43 when Calloway scored on Carlos Dominguez’s assist.

The lead fluctuated between six and nine points most of the fourth quarter until the Seahawks made a final charge. Junior Zacc Townsend and sophomore guard Jan Lowe both nailed 3-pointers to make it 62-59 with 1:31 remaining.

A Mosley turnover was followed by a 17-footer by Lowe and it was a one-point game with 41 seconds still showing.

Another Mosley turnover gave the Seahawks a chance to pull out a miracle finish, but a shot by 6-foot-4 junior Nathan Jones was well defensed shortly before the final buzzer.

Stacy Burse hit both ends of the bonus for Mosley at 1.7 seconds for the final.

Townsend had 16 points, Lowe 15 and senior Tyler Howard 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for Franklin County.

 

MOSLEY (64)

Dominguez 3 0-0 6, Turner 2 0-0 4, Wilson 5 2-5 14, Burse 2 3-4 7, Calloway 12 0-2 25, Ashe 0 0-0 0, Bullard 4 0-0 8, Stafford 0 0-0 0, Byron 0 0-0 0, Mack 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 5-11 64.

FC (61)

Townsend 7 0-0 16, Penamon 1 2-2 4, Pryzgocki 0 0-0 0, Nash 0 0-0 0, Howard 5 0-7 10, Martin 1 0-0 2, Lowe 6 1-2 15, Jones 4 0-0 8, Wilson 1 4-4 6. Totals: 25 7-15 61.

 

Mosley; 13 16 24 11 — 64

Franklin County; 11 19 15 16 — 61

3-point goals: Mosley 3 (Wilson 2, Calloway), Franklin County 4 (Lowe 2, Townsend 2). Total fouls: Mosley 10, Franklin County 14. Fouled out: none.

 

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The same theme held true on Friday during the second day of the Ameris Bank Barnstorm Classic at Bay High School.

Two of the three games were competitive and weren’t decided until late in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t quite as decisive as Thursday’s opening day, but Mosley and Franklin County each were extended before claiming victories.

Bay finished Day 2 in a foul-plagued finale, but nonetheless improved to 2-0 for the annual high school boys basketball tournament, as is Mosley.

 

Franklin County 67, Port St. Joe 57

The answer is 31.

That’s how many points better Franklin County was than two weeks ago when the Seahawks lost 69-48 to the same Tiger Sharks in Port St. Joe.

This time around they buried six 3-pointers while building a 19-point lead in the first quarter.

Port St. Joe, 3-7, fought back when Travis Roberson had 13 of his team-high 18 points in a second-quarter turnaround.

Port St. Joe eventually pulled even when a putback by Russell Russ tied it 50-50 with 7 minutes, 36 seconds to play.

Lowe took over from that point for the Seahawks, 12-2. Lowe made nine of 10 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and 13-15 for the game to finish with 26 points.

Senior Kalin Wilson had 18 points and Howard 15 for Franklin County, which made only one more 3-pointer the rest of the game.

Russ supported Roberson with 15 points and Kendre Gant and Kanon Martin each had 11 for the Sharks.

 

FRANKLIN (67)

Townsend 0 0-0 0, Penamon 0 0-0 0, Przygocki 2 0-0 6, Nash 0 0-0 0, Howard 6 3-4 15, Martin 0 0-0 0, Lowe 5 13-15 26, Jones 0 2-2 2, Wilson 7 2-3 18. Totals: 20 20-24 67.

PSJ (57)

Gant 3 4-8 11, Russ 6 2-3 15, Roberson 6 4-7 18, Martin 4 3-4 11, Daniels 0 0-0 0, Dempsey 0 0-0 0, Browning 0 0-0 0, Quinn 1 0-2 2, Sims 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 13-24 57.

 

Franklin 28 6 16 17 - 67

Port St. Joe 9 22 17 9 - 57

 

3-point goals: Franklin County 7 (Lowe 3, Wilson 2, Przygocki 2), Port St. Joe 4 (Roberson 2, Gant, Russ). Total fouls: Franklin County 20, Port St. Joe 22. Technical fouls: Howard. Fouled out: Daniels.

 

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They didn’t play down to a champion in the Ameris Bank Barnstorm Classic at Bay High School.

There can be scant debate, however, as to the top teams after play concluded Saturday in the 17th annual boys basketball tournament.

Mosley downed Leeds (Alabama) 75-47, and shortly thereafter host Bay followed with a surprisingly easy 66-51 trouncing of Franklin County. That enabled both county schools to finish the three-day event 3-0 in the six-school holiday grouping.

In the other game on Saturday, Fairdale (Kentucky) handled Port St. Joe 68-48 and ended 2-1. Franklin County was 1-2 and Port St. Joe and Leeds both were 0-3.

Mosley also led the all-tournament selections with MVP Jacorian Calloway and Jayvion Wilson named to the honors squad. They were joined by Rashard Lucas of Bay, Craig Ash of Fairdale, Russ Russell of Port St. Joe and Jan Lowe of Franklin County.

 

Bay 66, Franklin County 51

It was a pretty good indication that Bay was on its game when the Tornadoes scored more points in the first half (46) than they had in edging Port St. Joe in their opener on Friday night.

Also telling was that five different Tornadoes already had connected on a 3-pointer as they staged by far their best 16 minutes of the tournament.

That combined with domination of the paint that limited Franklin County’s inside trio of Howard, Jones and Wilson to only three field goals, all by Howard, and a combined 10 points.

With Demyan Ross scoring all of his 15 points for Bay on putbacks and inside feeds, the Seahawks were overmatched both inside and inside.

Lucas finished with 18 points, including a 3-pointer at the first-half horn that opened a 46-30 lead. The spread grew as large as 30 points as the Tornadoes opened with the first 13 points of the second half when Franklin County settled for misguided 3-point attempts.

Jeremiah Hudson added 11 points for Bay, now 7-6. Senior Zack Przygocki had 17 and Lowe 16 for Franklin County, 12-3.

 

FRANKLIN (51)

Townsend 2 0-0 4, Penamon 0 0-2 0, Przygocki 5 3-4 17, Nash 1 0-2 3, Howard 3 0-0 6, Martin 0 1-2 1, Lowe 5 4-4 16, Jones 0 1-2 1, Wilson 0 3-3 3. Totals: 16 12-19 51.

BAY (66)

Wodford 1 1-2 4, Smith 2 0-0 6, Dd.Ross 0 0-0 0, Lucas 7 1-2 18, Sims 2 0-0 5, Dn.Ross 7 1-1 15, Hudson 5 0-0 11, Hayes 2 0-0 5, Bozeman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 3-5 66.

 

Franklin County;12 18 7 14 — 51

Bay;20 26 17 3 — 66

3-point goals: Franklin County 7 (Przygocki 4, Lowe 2, Nash), Bay 9 (Lucas 3, Smith 2, Wodford, Sims, Hudson, Hayes).