The Franklin County boys varsity basketball team, under the direction of first-year coach Nathan West, split their opening games.
On Nov. 28 at home, the Seahawks came back from a one-point deficit at the half to down North Bay Haven 67-55, as 5-foot 10-inch freshman guard Lamarious Martin hit for 25 points.
Junior six-foot guard Daijon Penamon hit for 15 points, while six-foor six-inch senior forward Nathan Jones snared 13 rebounds and scored eight points.
“We really preached effort at practice and the guys responded,” said West. “They fought through some adversity and battled.”
On Nov. 30 at home against Crossroads, it was a different story, as the team fell 54-43 in a lackluster effort.
“They played a lot harder than us, and that’s embarrassing,” said West. “We were a total different team than we were Tuesday. No post presence, and guards had careless, unforced turnovers.”
The Seahawks turned the ball over 19 times, and gave up a dozen offensive rebounds against a zone defense. “We will keep working, it’s a process. Hopefully by January they will get it,” said West.
Penamon scored 18 points, and snared seven rebounds, while committing five turnovers. Martin scored 11 points and had six assists.
In pre-season games, the Seahawks fell 52-39 to Florida High.
“The exhibition games did not go very well. We really showed our lack of varsity experience,” said West. “We had a lot of unforced turnovers, did not rebound, and overall did not give a good effort. I played a lot of guys, some of our JV kids included. It allowed them to experience a different pace of game than what they are use to.”
The squad also features six-foot one-inch senior guard Aric Sowell, six-foot senior guard Landon Nash and six-foot one-inch senior guard Sawyer Stultz. Junior include six-foot two-inch forward Alex Hardy, six-foot six-inch forward Mikalin Huckeba, and five-foot nine-inch guard Rufus Townsend.
Sophomores on varsity are five-foot 10-inch guard Jarvis Turrell, six-foot guard Keondre Sewell and six-foot three-inch forward Ayden Pearson.
The Seahawks play at home Friday night against Altha.