Cold January chills Seahawk hoops

Tyler Howard

Tyler Howard, left, works defensively at the Battle on the Gulf holiday hoop tourney.

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 03:44 PM.

The cold winds of January haven’t been blown kindly Seahawk boys varsity basketball team, as a young lineup has managed just one win in six games over the last two weeks.

Coach Michael Sweatt’s squad fell by 17 points Saturday night at Port St. Joe, 73-56, although they did manage to hit half their shots from the two-point range, and 9-of-13 from the free throw line, but snatched only 15 rebounds.

The Hawks were behind 38-24 at the half, and then were swamped in the third quarter, 20-11 to trail by nearly two dozen points going into the final stanza.

Junior Kelsey Jones, who is averaging better than 15 points and six rebounds a game, led the team’s scoring with 14 points, followed by senior guard Wesley Norred with 11 points.

Saturday’s loss followed a 61-35 drubbing at home Friday by Bozeman, the margin largely accounted for when the Bucks blew the game open with a 15-5 third quarter. The Hawks shot a lackluster 20 percent from the field, hitting just two of 18 trey attempts as they struggled to make up ground.

Farmer led the team with 11 points, with Jones pitching in eight. Freshman Kenneth Wilson scored four, and Norred, senior Cameron White and sophomore Josue Barahona each three. Eighth grader Nathan Jones scored a bucket, and pulled down six rebounds, and senior Mercury Jones scored one.

On Jan. 13 at West Gadsden, the team lost 83-53, after a disastrous 26-6 first quarter set the tone for the night.

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