The scoreboard at the Franklin County High School gym may have gone out last week, but the skills of the Seahawk boys basketball team didn’t, as they won back-to-back home games in overtime, downing Florida High and Liberty County.
On Dec. 10, Mackenzie Williams’ Hawks trailed all game against Florida High before moving ahead for the first time 47-46 at the four minute mark. The Seahawks went on to keep the score tied at 51-all the end of regulation on their home court, and in the overtime outscored their opponent 14-5 and went on to win 65-56 before a small but boisterous crowd.
About midway through the fourth quarter s malfunction in the gym's console forced timekeeper Tyler Howard to keep the time on his smartphone, and to relay it to the referees.
As a result, the district moved Friday’s basketball games against Liberty County to the "Matchbox," the former Apalachicola High School Gym, where they won 83-79.
Against Florida High, senior Josue Barahona led the team with 23 points, hitting 8 of 18 from the field, including two treys. He also nailed 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and snared nine rebounds.
Junior Kalin "KK" Wilson scored 19 points, and was 5 of 18 from the charity stripe, plus 10 rebounds. Freshman Jan Lowe scored nine points, Junior Zack Przygocki scored eight, while sophomore Nate Jones scored six, with 13 caroms.
On Friday at the Matchbox, the team was down 30-20 at the half against Liberty County, but had a blistering fourth quarter, 28-17, to tie the game at 69-all in regulation. They went on to outscore the Bulldogs 14-10 in OT for the win.
Barahona again has the hot hand, scoring 29, 7 of 16 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line, while snaring eight caroms. Wilson added 25 points, an impressive 13 of 15 from the charity stripe, with a team-leading 15 rebounds. Jones added nine points and six rebounds, while Lowe had seven points, Przygocki six, Aric Sowell three, and two each junior Jaylon Gainer and Daijon Penamon.