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.
Wilson nailed a pair of treys en route to 14 points, while Jones scored eight, and plucked six rebounds, and White six, plus seven rebounds. Farmer hit two treys for six points, while senior Logan McLeod scored five, senior guard James Gordon four, and Wynn, Barahona and Howard each three.
The team’s lone win came at home Jan. 11, with a 59-36 shelling of Liberty County. The Seahawks opened with a 25-9 first quarter, and led the rest of the way.
Farmer led the team with 13 points, while freshman guard Marshall Sweet’s two treys helped him score eight, the same point production as Jones and McLeod, who also pulled down six rebounds. Wilson scored seven, and had six rebounds, while Gordon tallied six, Barahona five, and Howard four.
The Seahawks lost 69-40 at South Walton Jan. 10, unable to make up ground after falling behind 18-9 first quarter.
Jones led the team with 13 points and 13 rebounds, followed by eight points and five rebounds from White. Farmer added eight points and four rebounds, while McLeod scored four points, and Gordon and Howard each three. Wilson managed only a single point, but pulled down six rebounds.
The month started slowly with a 59-46 loss at home against Altha Jan. 8, watched that afternoon by much of the student body.
Jones hit nine-of-22 from the field en route to 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Norred, Barahona and Wilson each scored five. White nabbed seven rebounds, and scored two, while Gordon had six rebounds and two points. Howard had six rebounds.